Robert Hainsey Wants To Be Like Ryan Jensen. Well, A Little

July 30th, 2022

Bucs center Robert Hainsey.

Well, the guy that may end up replacing Bucs star center Ryan Jensen confessed yesterday he wants to be like Jensen — to a point.

Second-year Notre Dame product Robert Hainsey, who has strong support from several inside the walls of One Buc Palace, was talking yesterday and he made it clear: He is not Jensen. And he cannot be a clone of Jensen. Rather, Hainsey said he has to be himself.

However, Hainsey said after working with Jensen and assistant coaches A.Q. Shipley and Harold Goodwin last year and this summer, the NFL game has really slowed down for him. And while he cannot be Jensen, Hainsey said he would like to take a piece of Jensen onto the field with him, provided the Bucs knight him as the new starting center.

Hainsey wants to play with that gnarly edge Jensen for which Jensen is famous.

“The way Ryan approaches every day and every game is with a mentality that he is the baddest dude on the field, and he usually is,” Hainsey said. “Being that guy, you see it throughout the games. I know you guys like to talk about it, but in the locker room and in locker rooms across the NFL, I think that means something. And I think that carries a certain level of respect.

“He’s that guy that’s not going to let you get away with anything – don’t stand around the pile waiting while he’s there.

“I’m not Ryan Jensen – that’s not who I’m trying to be. I have to be myself. But that chip on his shoulder that he plays with, if I’m out there, I think I want to have a little bit of that myself because I owe that to him and whoever’s out there owes that to him to continue that presence of the type of man, the type of player he is on the field.”

Joe’s written this a few ties, but dammit, Joe has to give the team the benefit of the doubt on this Hainsey. Look how the Bucs coaches two years ago got Tristan Wirfs ready to rock Week 1 with no offseason due to The Sickness,.

Look at all the offensive line moves Jason Licht has made through the years. No general manager is perfect but dang, Licht much more often than not has nailed offensive line moves.

If the Bucs coaches believe in Hainsey and Licht believes in Hainsey (and most importantly, if Tom Brady believes in Hainsey), then Joe is comfortable with Hainsey getting a shot.

No, Hainsey is not Jensen. Who the hell is?

28 Responses to “Robert Hainsey Wants To Be Like Ryan Jensen. Well, A Little”

  1. westernbuc Says:

    I think his last line is key. Hopefully the rest of the o line adopts Jensen’s enforcer attitude to make up for his loss.

  2. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    One reason Ryan Jensen plays with a “gnarly edge” is because he is an honest to God Bad MOFO. Him and his entire family are long time martial artists, and Ryan holds a Black Belt!

    I trust our line coaches to replace Ryan Jensen, so if we have to trade, so be it.

  3. Tim Says:

    Even Jensen wasn’t known as this big badass superstar until Licht grabbed him and gave him that contract, and even then it took a year or so for him to start getting everyone’s attention. Yes I know he was always aggressive, he just hadn’t gotten much credit for it till Licht grabbed him. I don’t see it going much different with Hainsey. It’s a transition, but I think the line will be just fine.

  4. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Bucs brass will see enough of Hainsey in camp to determine if they believe he is up to the task come week 1 , but if he is not in their opinion , Bucs will make a last cut pick up of a center with some experience. Bottom line is our offense will average over 30 points a game , and that wins most games.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m hopeful we don’t have to trade or spend big money to bring in a replacement for Jensen…..
    I was starting to feel like Hainsey was getting the Trask treatment….but it appears they have had high confidence in him all along.

  6. Maniac Buc Says:

    Any center drafted where Hainsey was is expected to be a NFL starter. Centers don’t typically just go high in the draft. He. It really a project, he’s a legit player. His time is now and he’ll do great. I have always been high on him myself.

  7. Maniac Buc Says:

    *He isn’t really a project

  8. mark2001 Says:

    TBBF… don’t think we will have to. Everyone wants to replace an injured All Pro with some Old All Pro. But remember… Tretter was cut by the Packers because they had a good line…. one that got busted up over the seasons that followed with injury and Free Agency. And don’t forget, Tretter had a boatload of injuries going back to his Green Bay days… maybe one of the reasons they let him walk in the early part of his career. The one thing we can’t do is sign some high priced over the hill guy….a guy that maybe can play well now and bench a future healthy kid that may play quite well for us now, and that might be a All Pro for us for years to come. Licht is smarter than to do that.

  9. Oddball Says:

    The entire O line should dye their hair red.

  10. mark2001 Says:

    Oddball… LOL. But I hope they bring some of Ryans fiery attitude.

  11. Plankwalker777 Says:

    What is status of Jensen injury? Seems to be taking a long time providing further details.
    Sadly, there always be a raft of injuries at the start of training every summer. Worse than drinking seawater, say eye.

  12. SB~LV Says:

    Too a lesser degree, the ability to think the same thing at the same time…
    Brady will miss that with Gronk and Jensen

  13. Pigsueybucsfan Says:

    Oddball great idea! Lol Buc s will miss Jenson but will survive and be SB champs at the end of the year!

  14. teacherman777 Says:

    We need to figure which teams are planning to tank this season.

    And trade our 2nd round pick for next year on the best Center we can find.

    We CANNOT rely on Hainsey.

    Or we need to beg Ali Marpet to get to work and put in weight I’ve over the next 2 months. So he can be ready by week 3 or 4 just in case.

    We need Ali at center.

  15. D-Rok Says:

    After listening to Hainsey’s presser, I am rather impressed with his demeanor as only a 2nd year player.

    He was mentored by AQ Shipley this offseason for 2 full months. He said AQ worked with him daily on technique, strength, and conditioning. AQ stated that Hainsey has the mentals of a 10-year vet but just needs reps.

    These reports give me more confidence that the sky is not falling and perhaps Hainsey can be a decent replacement for Jensen.

    Let’s see what the next 3-6 weeks brings and re-visit (re-worry?) about the center position. Bucs will be fine.

    GO BUCS!!!

  16. David Says:

    I’m all for Hainsey if they Think he is the guy. He knows the scheme and he knows the players. Those guys on the interior need to have that edge like Jensen without going to far and getting a penalty.

  17. Mike in LOL Says:

    Gonna miss Jensen, really hoping he can somehow make it back to full capabilities. Fair response here from Hainey – not like he can be someone he is not, but doesn’t mean he can’t copy a couple moves and characteristics.

  18. SPARKY Says:

    His physical size sure looks impressive. He also seems to have a smart and good outlook about it. Linemen are a close knit bunch. He’ll have plenty of help to get him going. We’ll be ok.

  19. Leopold Stotch Says:

    I’m all for giving Hainsey a chance. This is why he was drafted. I like everything I’ve read on him. I mean Jason has been killing it with the draft picks. I’m just sad seeing Jensen go down, seeing the video… Was not good.

  20. George Says:

    Absolutely Hainaut deserves a chance. However, it would be safer to bring in Tretter now and let him learn the offense . So that way if Hainsey not up to the task Bucs have a solid replacement

  21. Duane Says:

    This line is now down Marpet, Cappa, and Jensen. No clue as to what strengths or weaknesses it has. Hope the Goat is working on that quick release, and Fournette is going to give more value with picking up the blitz and being a release valve. It does not look good, but we all said the same thing a handful of years ago when never expected this line to help produce high scoring offenses either.

  22. Buddha Says:

    Jensen was a sixth round draft pick. Our new center has great pedigree and I to give him the benefit of the doubt. He is going to surprise a lot of people.

  23. David Says:


    Of course they can rely on Hainsey if that’s what they feel the best option is. That’s why he was drafted – to be the center. And they have a damn good track record with O lineman.

    As for Marpet, no chance in hell. The guy barely weighs 200 pounds now, he is finished.

    I am all for them snagging preferably Juriga but maybe Paradis. Both are free agents and are a little insurance throughout training camp and can end up being a back up

  24. Joe Says:

    What is status of Jensen injury? Seems to be taking a long time providing further details.

    Teams don’t have to release injury details during training camp like they do in the regular season. That’s why the Bucs are so hush-hush. Same with Russell Gage this spring.

  25. PassingThru Says:

    Draft pedigree means little. The Saints are pretty good overall at draft and development, and yet they really screwed up with Cesar Ruiz. Ruiz was a Center taken in the first round a couple of years ago, and he’s been a bust so far.

  26. Kody Says:

    Hainsey seems fine, and might prove excellent given time. BUT this is, in all likelihood, Brady’s last year and the Bucs can’t risk using someone as untested as Hainsey. They need someone like Tretter ASAP. Hopefully they’re already talking to him. ‘Cause if Jensen is out for the season, the Bucs need him bad.

  27. lambeau Says:

    Next week in pads will give an idea how ready Hainsey is–Shaq and Shipley think he can cut it.

  28. Buczilla Says:

    No one is better at evaluating offensive linemen than Licht. I thino that Hainsey will be average at worst.