Bucs May Face A Curveball With Cowboys Rookie Left Tackle

August 26th, 2022

Not Dallas-ready.

The Bucs may be flying to Indianapolis but Joe’s focused on Dallas.

The big news yesterday and Wednesday night was how All-Pro Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith torn his hamstring off his knee. He may be out for months so he won’t play against the Bucs in 16 days.

But this may throw the Bucs a curveball. With Smith, the Bucs had loads of tape and experience against him. It appears Smith will be replaced by rookie Tyler Smith, a first-round draft pick out of Tulsa.

So why would the younger Smith throw the Bucs a curveball? Well, he’s largely an unknown. He clearly has talent but there is no book on him. Hardly any film.

Joe asked outside linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka about facing Tyler Smith and JTS admitted he knew very little about him and said he would likely have to study Smith’s college tape.

“Probably because as a rookie, we won’t have much to go on,” JTS said.

“I just saw it on the news today,’ JTS said of Tyron Smith’s injury. “I mean, we have a game at Indianapolis before we go to Dallas. So we will look at the film and see what we can analyze and go from there.”

Depending on a variety of factors, JTS might face Smith or it could be Bucs sack king Shaq Barrett. And JTS emphasized the Bucs aren’t Dallas-ready yet, but that will come in due time.

“We are still on Indy.”

17 Responses to “Bucs May Face A Curveball With Cowboys Rookie Left Tackle”

  1. August 1976 Buc Says:

    With all due respect, the Cowgirls are not Tampa Bay ready. No matter who faces the back up, Shaq or JTS will have a good game.

    Hopefully the Bucs CB’s are not so far back off the WR’s that they nuetralize the Bucs pass rush, like they did last year against Dallas If they just jam the WRs at the line some, it gives the rushers more time to eat. The CBs gave no help last year and Dak was playing pitch and catch, like stealing candy from a baby. What is it DR, “complimentary football” Offense and Defense, that you bring up at times when you post. Well this defensive front and backend complimentary football that is key, for the defense, if this team is going make a deep in the playoffs.

    GO BUCS!!!

  2. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Ok Joe, Tyron Smith was one of the top rated left tackles in the NFL. He’s a borderline hall of fame player coming off of one of his best seasons. I’d rather face rookie Tyler Smith with or without tape on him. Tyler Smith was considered a project with high end potential. He’s played guard all training camp. In regard to “tape”, there is more tape on Tom Brady than any player in NFL history. By this logic we would be better suited to start a rookie.

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    August. Thoughtful comment on the DBs. I think you are correct. Hope the coaches are paying attention.

  4. Bird Says:

    Forget the curveball rickie and give em the heater

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Rather face an unknown rookie than a known all-Pro……..advantage Bucs….

  6. Scooter Says:

    Heard the Tulsa OL led Division 1 college football with holding penalties last year.

  7. Lt. Dan Says:

    Sounds like you’re over thinking it Joe. O lineman don’t have a variety of “moves” like say…a D lineman with swim moves, spin moves, bull rushes etc. An O lineman can have a good anchor, use his hands well, have good feet etc. They are all basically the same. Study some college tape, see what rookie Smith is susceptible to and let’er rip!

  8. Joe Says:

    Heard the Tulsa OL led Division 1 college football with holding penalties last year.


  9. Joe Says:


    Never suggested Bucs would be better off facing Tyron Smith.

  10. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    So, no preseason tape on the guy?

  11. Joe Says:

    So, no preseason tape on the guy?

    Obviously that’s not much to go on.

  12. Infomeplease Says:

    This situation is a good thing not a bad one!! If you think it to be a bad one then the Bucs starting a rookie at left guard is good too!!

  13. Jeff Says:

    They’ll have their rookie coached up and will keep Shaq in line. Look for a lot of quick passes from Dallas. Bucs will need their A+ tackling game to pull this off. Dallas 30 Bucs 23. I hope I’m wrong.

  14. Craig Says:

    If you don’t know what to do bull rush him a couple of times, then try a few spins, swim moves, and so on.

    He get a holding call every few plays.

  15. BillyBucco Says:

    JPP didn’t even know the guys name suiting up for KC in the Super Bowl.
    This is a pretty weak take.
    See QB get QB.
    If a rookie is in the way and has never even played a preseason game, I’m not worried about his freaking tape.
    He has to stop Shaq and JTS not the other way around.

  16. Esteban85 Says:

    I’m watching the first rounder right now against the shehawks

  17. Eddie Marz Says:

    Let The Cowboys start worrying, when Lenny and company start running through his hole. He’s going to be facing curveball fastballs and sinkers. Fully expect to kick the Cowboys ass. GOBUCS!