Todd Bowles Talks Camp “Bright Spot” And Ryan Jensen Being “Not Well Right Now”

August 9th, 2023


Head coach Todd Bowles sure was upbeat (upbeat for him) when it came to talking about one of his key units.

It happened during his visit to WDAE Radio yesterday.

Bowles got an offensive line question and raved about the chemistry he’s seeing, their grasp of the offense and he added they’ve come a long way and “they’re one of the bright spots of training camp.”

Bowles didn’t even say what the line looks like in a real situation like Friday’s first preseason game, which he has said about other position groups.

As for center Ryan Jensen, he hasn’t been ready for contact, and Bowles made it sound like Jensen isn’t close.

“We understand that he’s not well right now,” Bowles said, noting there is not timetable for a Jensen return from team doctors.

“It’s kind of touch and go. Some days are better than others. So we gotta wait and get a feel and see when he has a string of good days.”

All eyes on the center position come Friday. As Joe wrote early yesterday, mentally prepare for Robert Hainsey in Week 1.

22 Responses to “Todd Bowles Talks Camp “Bright Spot” And Ryan Jensen Being “Not Well Right Now””

  1. Cho Says:

    It’s fine, let Hainsey start, he was pretty good last year. When Jensen gets back, kick Hainsey out to LG. Let him play a couple of games alongside #66, see if some of his energy/nastiness rubs off on him. And then draft a guard, kick Hainsey back to starting C for next season. Hopefully he’ll have learned tons from starting/playing different positions/seeing Jensen in live action.

  2. KC Buc Says:

    Starting to feel more and more like Jensen is toast. Love the guy, but this injury clearly hasn’t healed and/or wasn’t managed well. Sure hope this all isn’t from playing in that playoff game, cause this definitely wasn’t worth what we got out of that game.

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Would dearly love to see Ryan Jensen come back & play full-time, because I believe that his experience, attitude & leadership would be invaluable to our young OLine. But at age 32 playing 60-70 snaps in the trenches each game is an awful lot to hope for given the extent of his injury & the approach he took to getting the damage repaired. I’m confident though that the Bucs will do what’s best for both the team AND Ryan long term, recognizing that may well be injury settlement & retirement at some point this year.

  4. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    So how much cap relief do we get when he retires at end of camp

  5. Hodad Says:

    As it stands since really last year at this time, Hainsey is our starting center. The Bucs named the starting five O lineman right away saying they needed time together. Well Jensen was named, but hasn’t put in the time. Was the last time we saw Jensen play when he was a shell of himself against Dallas actually his last game as a Buc? It’s sure looking that way. At any rate, he won’t be ready for the opener.

  6. teacherman777 Says:


    Thanks Logan Hall for trying to show off in training camp with a spin move.

  7. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I didn’t realize how bad Jensen was. Not expecting anything at this point

  8. JimBobBuc Says:

    I like the potential of the OL and the individuals we have. I have a concern that two of our guys are playing new positions (Wirfs, Goedeke) and we have a rookie at RG (Mauch). They have no game experience as a group at these positions, and zone run games require a lot timing between lineman. I think the first 4 or 5 games will be very tough for them. The snaps in the Jets scrimmage should be a good measure if we play against their #1 DL.

  9. fred Says:

    We need Jensen On the field bad I hope he feels better soon Our Oline will need to be tough and nasty for us to be competitive Jensen is our top Dog if you ask me no one wants problems with him. #GoBucs

  10. Beej Says:

    If they put Jensen on IR during preseason, he’ll what, miss, miss first four weeks?

  11. Jeff Says:

    Jensen will play 1 game this year. Mark the tape. Cut him.

  12. AKicknTheBucNuts Says:

    I smell an injury settlement coming on.

  13. Ryan Jensen’s Hair Says:

    Here’s a twist. You don’t see the whole picture.

  14. captivajim Says:

    maybe logan hall can contribute to the injury settlement , and he could do his spin move at Jensen’s retirement party …..

  15. SlyPirate Says:

    That sounds very very bad. Good thing Hainsey put in a lot of work this offseason.

  16. unbelievable Says:

    Was really hoping to get Jensen back. He sets the tone for the line, and bring the veteran presence… but man this does not sound good for him.

  17. DRFEELGOOD Says:

    Blaming Logan Hall is just stupid. What’s more stupid is Jensen and the Bucs deciding that no surgery was the way to go!!! Delusional Bucs thought he would help us through a deep playoff run with a team that couldn’t score rather than getting him fully ready to go this year. How is Shaq ready and Jensen isn’t?Easy……Shaq had surgery!!!

  18. Beeej Says:

    Surgery for Jensen would have ended his career, is what I’ve read more than once

  19. Statguy Says:

    They are just being cautious. He’s already played a full game since his Injury

  20. garro Says:

    I hate it for the big ginger!
    I’m sure he is frustrated as hell! Keep battling big man.

    Hainsey it is. Get your snaps together guys! For crying out loud! Dang!

    Go Bucs!

  21. garro Says:

    I feel for the big ginger.
    I’m sure he is frustrated. Keep battling big man.

    Hainsey it is. Get your snaps together guys. For crying out loud. Dang

    Go Bucs!

  22. DJB Says:

    Beej: I heard the same, but conversely, not having surgery may have ended his career as well. The situation with Jensen does not seem as dire this year as last. The Bucs know that Hainsey is who they will turn to. Lots of valuable experience was gained last season.