Fire Returns To Spring-Summer Trenches

May 3rd, 2022

Rookie guard Luke Goedeke

Back in 2013, the Bucs drafted hungry dudes in the trenches and a fight broke out at the first OTA practice of the spring.

Rookie defensive tackle Akeem Spence, then a rookie fourth-round pick, got into it with veteran center/guard Jeremy Zuttah. Spence came out on fire trying to make the team, not really understanding that May speed without pads is very different from full-go in August.

There hasn’t been a major starting-job battle among Bucs offensive linemen for many years. Bucco Bruce Arians arrived in Tampa, looked around the O-line and said, “We’re good.” Then a year later the Bucs drafted Tristan Wirfs to replace Demar Dotson, but Wirfs did not have to compete.

Enter 2022 second-round pick guard Luke Goedeke. Joe has read dozens of articles about the guy — and talked to him on Friday night — and it’s obvious that Goedeke will come to every practice looking to drive someone into the dirt and impress coaches.

Goedeke also jumps into an immediate starting battle with Aaron Stinnie, Nick Leverette and Robert Hainsey for the open left guard job thanks to Ali Marpet’s retirement (assuming newcomer veteran guard Shaq Mason plays the right side).

Throw in fellow rookie second-round pick Logan Hall in the mix at defensive tackle and outside linebacker (yes, Joe has been told the latter), and Joe is fired up about the inevitable juice coming to Bucs practices in the trenches. Competition and the spark of young legs are always a great thing for a team.

After that fight May 2013 fight, Spence said, “I’m not going to back down from nobody so I mean I had to let that be known here on the first day here. So, hey, there it is.”

Joe has a feeling Goedeke will be saying the same thing later this month.

27 Responses to “Fire Returns To Spring-Summer Trenches”

  1. Captain Dan Lawrence Says:

    I think I like the grit that it looks like we drafted this spring! This whole think could come together nicely, or not, but I’m betting on these new guys finding a way to make us better!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Glass-eating…nasty, gritty…..weight lifting kick-a$$ monster. Yep….glad to have you Mr. Goedeke

  3. gbobucsfan Says:

    Wasn’t there a Summer/Spring story with Brian Price about a cheeseburger and punches thrown?

  4. Dooley Says:


    Price, iirc put the beats on Mark Barron over a seat during camp in 2012

  5. gbobucsfan Says:


    Ahh, yes that was it. Thanks!

  6. Bucamania Says:

    I have no interest in hanging out with “can’t grade a draft for 3 years” guy.

    – Ross Tucker

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    Love them “big nasties”!

  8. PSL Bob Says:

    Seems as though Goedeke will pair nicely with Jensen. Throw in Ko Kieft at TE and the left side of the line could be formidable in the run game.

  9. Pewter Power Says:

    I think the media is making it a battle but at this point his at the bottom of the depth chart until it’s proven he can protect the precious cargo. You know how embarrassing it would be to allow this rookie to hurt Brady with veterans sitting on the bench.

    A rookie on this roster should not be handed a job especially on the o line. He’s got a lot to prove and he is not even close to proving he won’t be Robert Hainsey like who fans were equally excited about

  10. GOB Says:

    GOB got into it with a lineman at a spring practice. Needless to say I got my ass kicked. Big bastards with an attitude is exactly what this team needs. It usually equates to nasty run blocking, a trait that was sadly missing last year. Love it…

  11. Hodad Says:

    Young legs, that’s what I’ve been saying about JPP, his legs are gone. It’ll be nice having players who can actually practice, and practice hard at that.

  12. NeverGIVEup Says:

    He will stick around and be a player coach that helps guys like Vita get in better condition to play more reps.

  13. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    It would be nice to run the ball more effectively.

  14. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    Opens up the pass

  15. Posey99 Says:

    Put Vita Vea on him and see if he’s got it early on.

  16. BigMacAttack Says:

    Time and place for everything. Rookies need to go hard but stay within coach’s instructions and guidance. There are some big tough veterans on these lines and rookies could get the snot kicked out of them if they lose focus. Following directions is as important as anything else.

  17. SOEbuc Says:

    How many personal fouls do we get with this guy playing next to Jensen????

  18. Cobraboy Says:


    Expected it…

  19. Ron Says:

    Protect the Goat that’s his job this year put the fear in thier eye if the look at Brady

  20. Biff Barker Says:

    Cobra, agree Hall will be outside sooner than later. The coaches know they need to push Tryon or upgrade the edge.

  21. firethecannons Says:

    I look forward to watching a o-line with Ryan Jensen, Luke Goedeke and Ko kieft playing against Saints, love to see us put them face first in the dirt every play!

  22. cover deuce Says:

    I mean, JPP was listed at 6-6, 275. Hall is listed at 6-6 283. Hall gives up a little bit of athleticism to JPP, but that’s probably the role they have envisioned for him, only Halls snaps will be tilted towards the inside.

  23. Steve Burke Says:

    “Talk is cheap, let’s play ball” Johnny Unitas

  24. GOB Says:

    If Brady does anything best, it’s disgusting a teams blemishes. As you folks have seen for two years, he’s an antidote for most ills. Bottom line, if the defense performs, Brady will win it again.

  25. GOB Says:


  26. Esteban85 Says:

    So Hall will play all across the line from inside to outside. I can’t wait to see how that looks if we can retain som vets up front. I really like the trench picks, the hogs are what moves the pigskin.

  27. Esteban85 Says:

    Since 2015 Brady has won the Lombardi every other year. I like our odds. So does Vegas.