Don’t Rule Out Roster Changes

September 2nd, 2022

Potential roster shuffling.

Joe is slightly surprised the Bucs haven’t landed a veteran backup offensive lineman.

Two years ago the Bucs did just that when they acquired center A.Q. Shipley in the final days of August. When Ali Marpet suffered a concussion that season and missed three games, Ryan Jensen flipped to left guard in two of them and Shipley played center.

Against the Rams, Shipley helped shut down All-World defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Now the past few days you’ve heard a lot of folks, including former Super Bowl-winning Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians, say the Bucs are loaded with depth. Todd Bowles agrees.

But at offensive line? That seems dubious.

Joe knows a lot of fans are uncomfortable with the offensive line depth — and for good reason. So yesterday, Bowles was asked if the Bucs plan to add anyone before Week 1 in Dallas.

“Never say never,” Bowles replied when asked if the team would add any players to the roster before the first game. “You know, we’ll see what happens. Right now, yes [the roster is locked in]. Next week? It could change. You never say never.”

Joe believes the “depth” on the front line is thin. That line can’t afford any further injuries.

So yeah, Joe would actually expect the Bucs to make a move there. Hell, Licht has a knack for adding quality offensive linemen late in the summer. He did so with Logan Mankins back in 2014, starters Joe Hawley and Gosder Cherilus in 2015, and Shipley two years ago.

36 Responses to “Don’t Rule Out Roster Changes”

  1. #8 Says:

    Who to they drop to make room?
    Who do they drop to sign Suh?

  2. Z31 Says:

    #8, aren’t you getting tired of that yet? Are you his agent?

  3. August 1976 Buc Says:

    #8 Suh

    GO BUCS!!!!

  4. Steven007 Says:

    Z, it’s his shtick. He’s now known for it and likely feels he has to do it for his”reputation”. This solidified when Joe made an off-hand remark in a post about the defensive line and people clamoring for the former 93, using a non-specific phrase to likely indicate # 8. It had actually faded a bit by then, but now it has to be part of every post. Just because.

  5. SB~LV Says:

    It’s a game of chicken with other teams that have probably been hanging on to OL in hopes of a trade vs release

  6. Goatfarmer Says:

    Let’s wait until right before game 1, so that the new guys won’t have had any time to practice with their new mates or learn the offense. So if called upon, they’ll be just as prepared as the defense was against Cooper Kupp. Brilliant.

  7. BucsNoles Says:

    I find it hard to believe we would go into week 1 without adding someone to the OL
    That would just be careless

  8. Dooley Says:

    Still wondering what’s up with Ereck Flowers, he’s just on the market after one of his best seasons’ as a pro OLmen. I remember Washington cutting him to clear cap space, and there’s nothing that I’ve read where his health is in question, so It’s gotta be the $$$.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    Just noticed that Logan Ryan is back on the Bucs’ roster, putting us back up to 4 Safeties to go with our 5 CBs. Bucs also kept 6 DLs, 4 OLBs, 4 ILBs for a total of 23 on defense.

    Interesting that we did in fact keep 7 WRs on offense, to go with 4 TEs, 4 RBs, 3 QBs, 9 OL for a total of 27 on offense. Our ‘depth’ on our OLine consists of Wells, Johnson, Walton & Leverett it looks like (assuming Goedeke gets to start).

    Making room for Suh wouldn’t be all that hard #8. IF one of our primary DLs goes down, Suh would take his spot pretty quickly I’d surmise, providing of course that he’s still available.

  10. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Would not hurt at all. There’s got to be 1 or 2 guys available that can play a bit.

  11. #8 Says:

    Not schtick. It’s like, my opinion man.
    I believe the Bucs are better with Suh in rotation, thereby manifesting my screenname into reality.
    When Suh does sign, read the Houston Chronicle for articles for some drunken moron running figure 93’s down the middle of I10.

  12. Craig Says:

    I hope that attitude stays for the whole season. The receivers scare me a little, none of them have been good at getting through a whole season lately.

    The O-line needs to gel , already, so if you are going to add to it, do it soon. Wait even a few days and it will get ugly, with Cam Jordon staring them down in week 2.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We need to check to see if Carl Nicks’ big toe has healed yet…..and….where are all the calls for Rich Incognito?

  14. AbucAway Says:

    I think E. Flowers was signed by Miami. He was my pick also. I don’t know who is on the board or remains but whomever it is has to be better than Wells. I still have a bitter taste from his last showing

  15. Goatfarmer Says:

    Each passing day of no action adds to the belief that Todd can get paralyzed by options, people like that always to decide to wait and see what happens next. If Jason is waiting for Todd to pull a trigger, nothing will happen. Jason needs to tell Todd, “we’re signing these two offensive linemen. Figure out the two guys you’re going to cut. Except Logan Ryan. You already cut him once.”

  16. Georger Says:

    We just need to get through the first couple of months. Jenson will be back. When he gets back he will take Hainsey spot. If Hainsey is doing well the Jenson will go to LG

  17. Scooter Says:

    Suh is in Aaron Rogers head. Buc’s need another offensive lineman.

  18. THOMAS PFALZ Says:

    iI still can’t believe they released Tyler Johnson & kept running scared Darden. He must have something on somebody. I wouldn’t even want him on the PS.

  19. Steven007 Says:

    #8, of course it’s your opinion. It is also your shtick, by definition. A repetitious performance, or special trait or interest that someone is known for. This is not a pejorative. You like your guy, like, really like him. I like him too. But personally feel no need to throw his name at the end of every post or insert it into a post that has nothing to do with him or his positional group. You do. And that’s fine. But it also makes it your shtick.

  20. Steven007 Says:

    And by the way 🎱, if and when he does sign I will be happy too. But my shtick consists of the entire team.

  21. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Someone mentioned Carl Nicks. My Company cleaned the roof of Carl’s Home so he could sell it easier, and move back to Louisiana.
    I got to meet Carl, who was a HUGE Man!
    He really wanted things to work out for him here in Tampa, but injuries got in the way.

    I guess the Bucs are happy with our Offensive Line as it is, because they have not signed anyone, yet.

  22. #8 Says:

    Thank you Steven00Suhven.

  23. gotbbucs Says:

    They are not going to sign any new vested veteran players right now the week before the regular season and guarantee contracts. They will get through the first couple weeks and see how things play out. They’ve scouted, they’re developing what they have right now, let these first couple weeks play out. Churning offensive linemen positions right now is pointless. We have barely seen what the unit looks like as it will opening night with Smith-Geodeke-Hainsey-Mason-Wirfs. Let them play a game together before we give up on the season.

    The only teams you see churning rosters right now are bottomed feeders in the league.

  24. Beeej Says:

    Could this be a financial decision, trying to save money/cap room because they know Jensen is back in a couple months?

  25. Steven007 Says:

    Nice one 🎱.

  26. George Says:

    The Bucs are looking at a losing season and an injured Tom Brady. They need to sign lineman now. Erik Flowers is available still

  27. Capt.Tim Says:

    Starting a Rookie and an inexperienced 1st year player.
    Bad Idea.
    Goedeke and Hainsey are gonna see more traffic han a Dale Mabry red light.
    Can they handle it?
    I seriously doubt it.
    At Stake, our 45 year old QB. At 45- he depends on a good line.
    And we dont have one.

    I hope the rumors aren’t true, that Brady endangered his marriage to play this season. It wont be worth it.

  28. Craig Says:

    Why is it a bad idea to play a rookie O-line guy this season? We did it last season and it worked better than fine.

    Hypocrisy on the highest order.

  29. Caleb lee Says:

    Looking st Vita’a snap count I wonder if he could schedule in some blocking? 😁

  30. captivajim Says:

    If bowles is the one waiting to see O-Line ” chemistry develop” ; we’re in trouble …..

  31. Lakeland Steve Says:

    I just can’t imagine the Bucs are this arrogant or stupid to chance going in to Dallas with two guys on an offensive line that are question marks. They have no idea whether or not Hainsey and Goedeke are going to hold up. It’s like the offensive line is the gun and Brady is the victim in a game of Russian Roulette. Don’t think for one minute Dallas isn’t going to throw every blitz imaginable at that O-line. Brady never could run and he ain’t getting any younger. Help him Licht!

  32. Buc king Says:

    Can suh play left gaurd..if so sign him back

  33. Defy9Ordinary Says:

    I’ve never been a conspiracy theorist, but the way that LICHT is irresponsibly handling replenishing the injured n’ banged up Oline, lack of, leads me to believe there’s a marginal possibility that he’s trying to let Brady know, he didn’t appreciate him talking to (if the GOAT actually even did) the other NFL team down the road in F-L-Orida. I realize on the “surface” this seems preposterous, but Licht allowing an offensive line (the interior) to literally fall apart right before his eyes during training camp, due to multiple injuries (2 possible Season ending), and him not bringing in one lineman even for DEPTH — that is asinine & utterly absurd! Btw, how is it Bruce Arians all of a sudden Jason Licht’s right hand man n’ sounding board v/v? I guess everyone wasn’t kidding when they told me cocktails are served very early in the Bay. #LFG #TEAM #BELIEVE #ProtectTheGOAT #BucsBaby🏴‍☠️

  34. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’ve seen enough of Trask and I’d cut Gabbert loose freeing up a roster spot. 3 beer musings on Friday.

  35. Bucsfan13 Says:

    At this point, it’s coaching malpractice to not bring in help at LG. How can anyone watch that tape against the Colts and think that Goedeke is up to the job! He and Hainsey also struggled in joint practices against the Dolphins and Titans. This is an all in season with Brady. We have one of the toughest schedule in the league. We have no time for Goedeke to figure out! Maybe is Trask or Gabbert were the QB, but this is SB or bust this year. Licht and Bowles need to get it together. This offense will suffer greatly if we don’t shore up the interior line.

    Also, I don’t think anyone has mentioned how the new LG will affect Donnie. Marpet was Donnie’s security blanket. He and Marpet would handle twists and stunts like pros. When Donnie looks to his left, he will see a green LG who looks totally clueless.

  36. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Bucsfan13: Before you have a panic attack, look into some of the starting Centers and Guards on Brady’s New England teams. In some cases, rookies. Yes, Brady makes the OL better, unlike the backup QB’s who played most of the preseason.