Bucs C Jensen Has High Praise For New Guards

There been quite a lot of change for the Bucs alongside the inside line this offseason. Left guard Ali Marpet retired after a nine-year profession, whereas proper guard Alex Cappa left for the Bengals in free company. The one fixed on the inside is heart Ryan Jensen who re-signed with Tampa Bay on a three-year, $39 million deal this offseason.

It didn’t take lengthy for basic supervisor Jason Licht to start out filling the holes left by Marpet and Cappa. He re-signed Aaron Stinnie to a one-year, prove-it deal, then adopted that up by buying and selling for proper guard Shaq Mason. Licht wasn’t finished including competitors to the group although, drafting Luke Goedeke within the second spherical.

It is going to be slightly little bit of a studying course of as Jensen will get acclimated to a brand new voice and participant on his proper facet. Thus far the transition has been a clean one.

“It’s been good,” Jensen stated. “I at all times joke round, I went from a 6-foot-6, 6-foot-7 proper guard to Shaq who’s 6-foot-1. It’s just a bit completely different within the huddle. However no, it’s been good. Shaq’s performed quite a lot of soccer in his profession, clearly. I feel he’s over 100 begins. So, he is aware of find out how to play the sport and that helps rather a lot once you’re making an attempt to redevelop a relationship on the inside line.”

Bucs G Aaron Stinnie – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Whereas there is perhaps somebody new to the correct of Jensen, it’s a well-known participant beginning out on the left facet that he’s logged quite a lot of sport and observe reps with in Stinnie.

“Stinnie, clearly, the Tremendous Bowl run he performed throughout the playoffs and has been right here for a pair years now,” Jensen stated. “I’ve performed, practiced subsequent to him rather a lot. So, I really feel like the inside gelling of the road is coming alongside effectively.”

Jensen recounted Stinnie stepping in alongside that playoff stretch and stated what he noticed from him throughout that run offers him the boldness in him as a participant. Whereas additionally noting that has move safety continues to get higher as effectively.

“He stepped in and there was no lack of something,” Jensen stated. “There wasn’t a drop-off when Stinnie took over for Cappa when he broke his ankle. I do know I’ve the utmost confidence in Stinnie as a result of he’s a terrific run-blocker, he’s getting higher on daily basis in move safety and he’s a sensible participant. [The thing I remember most] is him stepping in and there being no drop-off.”

Stinnie doesn’t have the job handed to him simply but although. He’ll face steep competitors from Goedeke, who has impressed Jensen to date all through the offseason.

Bucs LG Luke Goedeke

Bucs LG Luke Goedeke – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I got here to among the OTAs,” Jensen stated. “Luke is a gifted younger child. He’s going to be a very good soccer participant. Clearly, we spent a reasonably excessive draft decide on him. I see quite a lot of nice issues. He’s a younger child who understands the sport. As soon as he places two and two collectively, he’ll begin to skyrocket, I feel.”

In the meantime Jensen famous he has seen enchancment from 2021 fourth-round decide Robert Hainsey. The backup heart can also be within the combine for the beginning left guard job and Jensen believes he’s able to take that subsequent step.

“I feel Hainsey has taken that subsequent step in being a professional by actually hitting the fitness center laborious this offseason,” Jensen stated. “I do know speaking to him all through the offseason, he was hammering the weights. He seems stronger this yr right now than he did final yr. So, he’s taking the steps in the correct path from that standpoint.”

The Bucs already boast elite bookend tackles, to go together with Jensen who made his first Professional Bowl final season. Tampa Bay has a top-ranked proper guard per Professional Soccer Focus in Mason, and a succesful participant in Stinnie who’s answered the decision greater than successfully when wanted. Goedeke is the true wild card inside the group, relying on how shortly he can stand up to hurry. However the Bucs look like constructing one other dominant inside alongside the offensive line.