Bucs OL Hainsey Will Compete To Start In 2022


The Bucs offensive line is present process some adjustments this offseason. The retirement of Ali Marpet and departure of Alex Cappa in free company despatched Bucs GM Jason Licht into overdrive. After buying and selling for proper guard Shaq Mason to fill one spot, Licht re-signed Aaron Stinnie to compete for the left guard function. However Stinnie gained’t be handed the job, as a number of challengers await the veteran in camp.

A kind of rivals might be second-year lineman Robert Hainsey. Talking on the NFL annual conferences in Palm Seaside, Florida, Licht confirmed Hainsey will push Stinnie for enjoying time.

“He’ll positively compete for [the starting left guard spot],” Licht mentioned. “We love versatility. We’ll work these guys in a number of spots all through camp. It’s at all times good to have guys that may fill a number of roles. Versatility, as soon as once more, is vital. So he’ll positively be within the combine.”

Tampa Bay drafted Hainsey out of Notre Dame within the third spherical final 12 months. He largely performed proper deal with in school. However the 23-year outdated began to point out versatility when he attended the Reese’s Senior Bowl, the place he practiced at each guard and middle. The Bucs cited that versatility as one of many causes they chose him. However Hainsey labored largely at middle throughout coaching camp, with the Bucs grooming him as their No. 2 snapper.

Bucs OL Robert Hainsey – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Hainsey had few alternatives to play in 2021 because the offensive line was comparatively wholesome all year long. In actual fact, beginning middle Ryan Jensen by no means missed a sport. Hainsey ended up enjoying simply 31 offensive snaps late within the season. Throughout that point he didn’t commit a penalty or have a mis-snap whereas producing a good 65.7 PFF grade.

Given his draft standing, it is smart that the Bucs are on the lookout for Hainsey to compete for the beginning guard function. With many of the beginning line set with Donovan Smith, Jensen, Mason and Tristan Wirfs, left guard is the clearest path to enjoying time. Hainsey might be battling a cadre of returning choices in Nick Leverett, John Molchon and Sadarius Hutcherson. The workforce additionally re-signed Stinnie and signed former Bengal Fred Johnson.  I wouldn’t rule out the workforce including a rookie to the competitors by means of the draft subsequent month both. However Licht made one factor clear on Monday: Hainsey can have the chance to win the job.

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