Ryan Jensen Has No Concerns About Who Plays Left Guard

June 8th, 2022

Ryan Jensen-approved.

Joe likes to joke how we are in the early stages of List Season. Everyone it seems in #NFLMedia has a list. After minicamp ends Thursday afternoon, we will be in the heart of List Season until training camp opens.

One list Joe sees floating around the interwebs is every team’s biggest hole or the biggest weakness. For the Bucs, it seems like everyone believes left guard is the hole left unrepaired.

Don’t tell that to Ryan Jensen. The Bucs’ Pro Bowl center doesn’t believe the Bucs will have a hole at all at left guard while they try to replace retired Pro Bowler Ali Marpet.

Yesterday when Jensen spoke with the local pen and mic club after underwear football practice, he said rookie Luke Goedeke will be just fine once he puts everything together. Then Jensen spoke up about reserve guard Aaron Stinnie.

It is believed Stinnie or Goedeke will get the left guard job. Training camp and preseason games will determine who wins.

Jensen said he is more than confident if Stinnie is playing to his immediate left.

“He stepped in and there was no lack of anything,” Jensen said when Stinnie started the final three postseason games of 2020 including a Bucs Super Bowl win. “There wasn’t a drop-off when Stinnie took over for [Alex] Cappa when he broke his ankle.

“I know I have the utmost confidence in Stinnie because he’s a great run-blocker, he’s getting better every day in pass protection and he’s a smart player. [The thing I remember most] is him stepping in and there being no drop-off.”

The Bucs are in OK shape whether Stinnie or Goedeke wins the gig. You have solid if not strong veterans on each side of the left guard. That’s a major plus. Who better for a rookie to lean on than Smith and Jensen?

Stinnie already has huge starts under his belt. So Joe thinks Stinnie might be a seamless fit.

Either way, this isn’t much of a weakness or a hole.

6 Responses to “Ryan Jensen Has No Concerns About Who Plays Left Guard”

  1. Casual Observer Says:

    Our O line has great depth.

  2. ClwJB Says:

    You can hide guards, you can’t hide OTackles –

  3. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Some might not be aware that Ryan Jensen is a 6th degree Tae Kwon Do Black Belt! His entire family is a Martial Arts Family, so he has been training in Martial Arts since he could walk.
    I am so happy he decided to stay with us, because he is an excellent center.

  4. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    We are knee deep at guard, but not so much at tackle depth..
    I don’t like Wells and I don’t know about the others.

  5. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Stinnie vs, Goedeke will be the biggest battle to watch this training camp. I would put the kicker competition as a close second.

  6. Coburn Says:

    Agreed 4ever. I’m more worried about depth at tackle.