Report: Robert Hainsey May Start Week 1

August 28th, 2022

Center Robert Hainsey.

[UPDATE: 4:26 p.m.] Apparently initial tests on starting center Robert Hainsey are encouraging.

Plugged-in Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports Hainsey is not ruled out for the season opener at Dallas.

If this report is accurate, Joe imagines a lot of folks at One Buc Palace are wiping their brows with relief.

Now, what about Nick Leverett?

[UPDATE: 4:26 p.m.] Well, Wilson seems to know about Leverett. Per Wilson, Leverett avoided a major injury and his shoulder injury will not need surgery.

In fact, Wilson’s intel is that Leverett’s injury is “manageable.”

Joe has to wonder with Hainsey and Leverett being dinged up, but not with major injuries, will warrant the Bucs playing safe and still bringing in another body for a safety net?

62 Responses to “Report: Robert Hainsey May Start Week 1”

  1. lambeau Says:

    OK! Let’s f*ing go!

  2. Buc92’ Says:

    Hainsey still is fragile , since college it seems…need to bring in depth as he’s went down 70 times already since camp started


  3. SB~LV Says:

    Good news, continuity is a big plus

  4. Bucs Win Says:

    Who’s Kke?

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Good news… let’s get some more.

  6. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I think that’s supposed to be Joe instead of kke.
    Joe had a meltdown in the euphoria of this report and wrote a bunch of jibberish. It was fixed quickly. –Joe

  7. SufferingSince76 Says:

    And whew! 😰

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Kindergarten Klub Establishment. Very credible source!

  9. captivajim Says:

    Wow, i did not realize he went down 70 times in last 6 weeks !!

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    In Bowles’ presser he was asked if there was a definitive prognosis on Jensen yet and he said “no”……..I like Todd Bowles & I’d like to believe him but I don’t.

  11. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Free agent Billy Price 27 years old can play guard or center.

  12. Beeej Says:

    I’d feel a lot better if we could find a couple dudes who could do both

  13. Biff Barker Says:

    Joe had a meltdown in the euphoria of this report and wrote a bunch of jibberish. It was fixed quickly. –Joe

    Good luck is underrated.

  14. JimmyJack Says:

    Looked to melike he just walked it off on the sideline. If it had been Week 1 in Dallas I bet he goes back in. You cant sit behind Jensen for a year if your not a tough SOB. Its not allowed

  15. Bird Says:

    Yah. He looked fine re watching the game

  16. Buc4evr Says:

    Still hope Jason gets a vet that can play G and C off the wavier wires.

  17. Mike pizzoli Says:

    Isn’t Matt paradis still out there who can play either center or guard?


    “May”? Great and if he does who is a proper back up if “may” sh$ts the bed. Trotter just retired but I assume he could be lured out of it given the fact that it appears he was black balled because he is head of the NFLPA ( Good story here Joe).
    Lastly, did Goedeke say he was a “glass eater”?

  19. Bojim Says:

    Good news.

  20. George Says:

    This is Brady’s last year . He is still in top form. With Julio Jones healthy we have an incredible set of receivers . If Brady has time in the pocket The Bucs will be hard to beat

    So giving Brady anything less than a top notch offensive line is basically management incompetence . From the Front Office to the Coaches

  21. richbucsfan Says:

    Why is it that these out of town sports writers get these scoops and our own Tampa people ride their coattails?

  22. Stanglassman Says:

    How many time do people need to hear that ‘the Bucs Didn’t like Tretter’s Tape’ until it sinks in? That tells me they’re not interested in him. Maybe if he came here for a huge discount but that’s not happening either. They’ll get someone they like who has the flexibility to play all 3 interior positions if one comes available. They may like who they have better. They probably will keep a extra OG/C on the 53 or PS until these guys show they they’re healthy.

  23. Melvin Junior Says:

    Yeah, they are being awfully ‘weird’ with this whole Jensen-thing… They said that we would all know something for sure like, 2-3 WEEKS AGO, now!?

  24. StAugBuc Says:

    Slightly of topic but some on here were saying Licht blew it by not selecting the Punt God. Do you still feel that way?

  25. Joe in Michigan Says:

    StAugBuc: I was okay with the punter the Bucs took in the late 4th…I just hope he’s good at punting.

  26. Ed Says:

    Instead of investing in a bunch of old injury prone cut receivers, should have been siging some linemen

  27. ocala Says:

    Jason Licht is the best GM in the NFL in my opinion.
    I trust Jason Licht will get the Bucs some depth before opening day and I also am confident Jenson will be back at some point this year.

  28. OBVIOUS Says:

    If Licht doesn’t bring in an extra body or two (of which I whole heartedly believe he will), my grandpa would have a saying for that and it goes very closely to this…

    “Now THAT’S an Arsehole!”

  29. steele Says:

    We really have to accept somehow that we have to lower expectations for this season and this team.

    This is a regime that is resisting making moves (that aren’t skill position acquisitions that fill seats and sell jerseys).

    When there still options in free agency and in the draft, it was “we love our in-house options” and “we will take our time evaluating them”. Weeks go by, the in-houses underperform, they fall, and it’s still the same. Free agency dries up, and “we don’t like anyone” and “oh, there’s nothing out there”. It’s too late now.

    Hainsey, the golden child, has played like a decent backup at best. He’s soft, finesse (compared to Jensen and many others), brittle, and dinged up. “Not serious” dings can still affect performance, and in his case, he was already marginal. Leverett is awful. Goedeke should spent this season and more just learning, not being forced out there. It has been a full month since Jensen and still no information. The OL was already an issue, with question marks at LG, and poor depth.

    There could be options at cut-down, but to what avail at this point? You don’t replace almost half an OL on week one (which is frankly what they should have done at start of camp), and expect chemistry overnight.

  30. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Could be good for a quarter or two in the opener?

  31. adam from ny Says:

    step 1: developing an nfl body…

    he has done that…

    step 2: is protect tommy b with your fuggin’ life…

    to be decided…

    step 3: let the team know your ring size come february…

  32. SteelStudBuc Says:

    I think they’re being hush on Jensen because:
    A) They can put him on IR to designate him for return.
    B) Injury reports aren’t mandatory yet.
    C) Posturing for trade positioning, and not panicking.
    D) Seeing what they have in Hainsey, acting like he’s good.

  33. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @George. Completely agree. Fans need to pay attention to the context of this season when deciding it’s ok to wait on the development of new guys. This is a SB or bust season with Brady. Will we be competitive once he leaves? Sure. The goal is the SB this year. Stop with the loser mentality that’s content on just making the playoffs. Brady has set the new standard. It’s all about SBs. I’m sick of them talking up in house guys. They’ve been gaslighting us on Goedeke, Hainsey, and Leverett. Goedeke got absolutely punked. Our centers were taken out by the guards getting absolutely manhandled. First Stinnie took out Jensen and now Leverett took out Hainsey.

  34. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @Steele! Don’t bother some fans with the facts. We’re being gaslighted by the media and team about the play of Goedeke, Hainsey, and Leverett. We all saw them get punked by the Colts. Hainsey is so damn soft. Where’s Brady’s enforcer on the team?!!

    The team should’ve made a move when Jensen got hurt instead they anointed Hainsey and made him the starter.

  35. Crickett Baker Says:

    I mostly agree with Steele’s comments. When Hainsey wasn’t hurt, he didn’t play that well. AND as for the last 2 losses, I really didn’t see many players that did. I am beginning not to trust Todd.

  36. alton d green Says:

    what the frick!!!!!!! did somebody let the air out of the Bucs. Same as last yr. Somebody farts and we get an injury. Are we made of Legos?

  37. mark2001 Says:

    Amazing that the Bucs haven’t hired all the recent arrivals on this board as assistant Offensive Lineman advisors to Licht, Arians, Bowles and Moore, etc… Such a waste to have all these guys spouting their knowledge on this board, and not in the ears of our “amateurish” GM and Coaches. And not getting paid for their knowledge? A travesty.

  38. Destinjohnny Says:

    Let’s hope he don’t get tb12 hurt

  39. Mark A Swygert Says:

    I think you guys are putting way too much stock in what you’re seeing in preseason games. Don’t press the panic button until you see how the interior o-line does in a regular season game where there are actually game plans and attempts to deceive. These accusations of softness are childish, and also relative. I bet you wouldn’t call these guys out to their faces, but on line it is easy to criticize, just like me critiquing you.

  40. Anonymous Says:


  41. GOB Says:

    They’ll bring in a depth piece or two, from the waiver wire. They aren’t getting a starter out of that group. It’ll be purely depth. Everyone else is looking too, especially for versatile linemen. That’s why vet swing tackles and guards that can play another position are coveted. The bucs are way down there on the wire. Meaning the best castaways will likely be gone, depending on need. Unless Licht swings a trade for the likes of Isaiah Winn, don’t expect too much.

  42. Capt.Tim Says:

    Thats good news on both counts!

    Now- I just hope Logan Hall is able to play on opening day.

  43. David Says:

    I love how suddenly people are saying they should’ve got more lineman and not receivers this off-season.

    They had two guys fighting for a left guard, they had two centers and another back up interior lineman. They had depth.
    No one expected to lose a left guard and center before preseason was even halfway gone.

    That said, as the cuts happen this week, there’s no doubt in my mind that they won’t grab another interior lineman for depth or even as a starter, depending on how they feel.
    Personally I think Godecke and Hainsey looked pretty good but I’ll leave it to the expert

  44. Destinjohnny Says:

    If we had to play on our draft picks without the
    Flood of free agents….. we would have issues

  45. Adrnagy Says:

    Its smart to wait. If im not mistaken … all team need to trim down to 53 , then is when we scoop up someone

  46. Adrnagy Says:

    Hainsey Didnt look that bad , i think he play good. Goedeke in the other hand got beat up acouple times.

  47. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t understand all the Hainsey and Goedeke hate. Tom had plenty of time in the pocket from what l saw passing plays. 6 for 8 right? 44 yards with a very small amount of practice with I think he will progress but also certainly believe they will make moves on oline after Tuesday

  48. steele Says:

    David, I hear ya, but bodies and JAGs don’t add up to quality depth. They had arguably one of the best OLs, and lost three.(While the damned Bengals did the right thing and rebuilt the entire OL.)

    Now we’re looking at the dropoff. Hainsey is a backup who needs more work, but shouldn’t be the full-time starter in front of old man Tom. Leverett is just a big dude who just isn’t good. Stinnie, completely inconsistent, didn’t live up to his new contract. They have each gotten worked. I don’t go with the “camp and preseason are nothing” idea. They matter, and performance counts. I doubt they’ll suddenly look ten times better when the season starts. They’re going to get much worse from opposing defenses, from many more angles.

    I still don’t get the mystery with Jensen. Silence from Jensen himself since late July. And one full month of non-stop swelling? So much that they can’t even diagnose?? If any of you are orthopedists, it would be great to hear from you.

    Looking around the NFL, suddenly Bucs are not the only team with decimated OLs. That means the market for OL in the next bit of time is going to get intense and expensive—further discouraging OneBucs from making moves.

    If they do something miraculous like land Ereck Flowers and swallow their political pride and talk Tretter out of retirement, that would be the right amount of talent, but it would weeks to incorporate them. More likely, if they do anything at all, bet you they’ll go for….Donell Stanley, because he’s a former in-house. Anyone wanna bet?

    Anyway, they seem more concerned with not denting Hainsey’s confidence than protecting Brady’s skull.

  49. Anonymous Says:

    Destinjohnny, the Packers have been the closest to abiding to that method for years. Look how many Superbowls they have won with one of the greatest QBs of all time.

  50. D-Rok Says:

    Good news on Hainsey.

    But O man, depending on the severity, an AC (acromoclavicular) joint injury, for me, was quite painful and lasted for months. It’ll be hard for Leverett to generate any real power or punch from that arm until it isn’t so painful. Let’s hope it heals up soon and the pain can be managed or mitigated.

  51. HC Grover Says:

    Our backup center MAY start. Huzzah!

  52. Cobraboy Says:

    Why do casuals insist on the Bucs looking desperate? They. Are. Not.

    What is wrong with you guys/gals/zirs?

    You think it’s time to panic? Hell, rosters have not been trimmed yet…

  53. SPARKY Says:

    We have the #1 voted player in the NFL

  54. Bucfan1988 Says:

    And on a COOL note…

    Tom Brady named #1 on the NFL players top 100 list this year!!

    Pretty bad-ass for a 45 year old 🤷🏻‍♂️

  55. JimmyJack Says:

    Ironic the same fans who call Hainsey soft are the softest fans on this message board. They are throwing in the towel, its still August hahaha.

    Tom had one drive leading this offense and you dont think they are ready to light up Dallas you must be touched in the head. Im smelling 375/3/0 next Sunday.

    GO BUCS!!


    JimmyJack says:
    “Im smelling 375/3/0 (for Brady on opening) Sunday.”

    No doubt man. He will torch them.

  57. steele Says:

    Anon, Brady’s “official” single drive was nothing special. It was brief, should actually have been better. But let’s say it was great in every way. What about the rest of camp and preseason, before and after that drive? Can you objectively say that the interior OL performance has been world class? What the Dolphins, Titans and Colts defenders did to Hainsey, Leverett and Goedeke does not inspire confidence.

  58. Infomeplease Says:

    Hainsey and Leverett will be good enough to go in Dallas! Bucs will use a combination of hurry up, run game, heavy pass protect, and shorter pass schemes!! The offense will be fine with or without CG!!

  59. Aaron Says:

    Just don’t start Shady brady lol

  60. Brandon Says:

    They will both be ready. Regular season starts and nicks and bruises don’t affect availability.

  61. LongSeason Says:

    Robert was looking good so far. Hope he is ready to go.

  62. LongSeason Says:

    Man. I killed the thread. Sorry.