Grinding The Tape: Bucs LG Battle

Welcome again to a different version of Grinding the Tape.” This week we will probably be looking at 2/3 of the Bucs’ left guard battle. Headed into coaching camp it seems that the Bucs will probably be three gamers to battle for the beginning spot. Rookie Luke Goedeke, veteran Aaron Stinnie, in addition to Robert Hainsey. Goedeke’s recreation was damaged down intimately shortly after he was drafted by Jon Ledyard.

Aaron Stinnie vs. Robert Hainsey

So at the moment we’ll have a look at the opposite two gamers vying for the fifth offensive line starter position. Earlier than we get into the tape let’s have a look at how every participant got here to be on this battle. Stinnie entered the NFL in 2018 as an undrafted free agent. There was some hypothesis he may get chosen as there have been a number of retailers that had a Day 3 grade on him, however that by no means got here to fruition.

He spent 2018 and 2019 bouncing between Tennessee’s roster and apply squad. The Bucs ultimately claimed Stinnie off waivers from Tennessee in November 2019, the place he has remained as a reserve. Within the final two seasons, Stinnie has appeared in 12 video games, logging 91 snaps. He additionally performed important snaps in three of the Bucs’ 4 playoff video games in 2020 main as much as their Tremendous Bowl victory instead of the injured Alex Cappa.

As for Hainsey, he was drafted within the third spherical of the 2021 NFL Draft. Hainsey, who performed proper sort out at Notre Dame, transitioned to heart as a rookie with the Bucs.

As we dive into the tape on every of those gamers, please word there may be very restricted NFL tape on every participant. Final season Stinnie and Hainsey mixed to play 122 offensive snaps. That’s the equal of about two video games. Now that doesn’t imply we will’t be taught something from watching their tape. However it is very important have in mind these are small pattern sizes. Due to this fact, moderately than saying “that is who this participant is” it’s in all probability finest to say, “that is one thing to search for.”

Aaron Stinnie

Most conversations surrounding the Bucs’ left guard place battle begin with some type of “Aaron Stinnie has the expertise.” I simply don’t get this argument for 2 causes.

First, expertise isn’t a ability set. A lot of gamers have expertise. That doesn’t imply they’re any good. Simply final 12 months the Carolina Panthers signed offensive lineman Pat Elflein, who had expertise. Elflein was not an excellent offensive lineman earlier than the signing, and he continued to not be good after being signed. That’s to not say Stinnie isn’t good. Simply that his expertise isn’t a motive in and of itself to say he’s.

The second is that Stinnie doesn’t have that a lot expertise. At the very least to not the diploma that ought to give himself a big leg up on the competitors. With all of that mentioned let’s really have a look at Stinnie’s tape to see what he does convey to the competitors.


I determine it’s best to chop to the chase. Most Bucs followers are involved with how nicely the Bucs line goes to carry up in defending quarterback Tom Brady. Over his restricted taking part in time over the past two seasons Stinnie has produced favorable cross blocking grades per PFF (84.4 in 2020 and 69.4 in 2021). Nevertheless, in watching Stinnie, I’ve my issues how nicely he’ll maintain up over the course of a full season in opposition to extra highly effective inside rushers. This concern is especially as a consequence of Stinnie’s smaller body stopping him from actually having an enough anchor. You may see it within the following two clips.

Right here you’ve Stinnie taking part in left guard in opposition to the Giants. Because the ball is snapped, Leonard Williams is ready to drive Stinnie backwards simply. That is even if Stinnie is ready to get good leverage in Williams’ chest. Williams is ready to actually bodily dominate the early a part of the rep. Now with that mentioned you may see one of many largest property in Stinnie’s recreation. His capability to recuperate mid-rep was famous as part of his draft profile out of James Madison and continues to point out up 4 years later. The person doesn’t give up.

One other rep in opposition to Williams and the Giants. Once more, you may see Williams places Stinnie on skates. It doesn’t have an effect on the play as a result of it was a fast out to the flat. Stinnie is technically sound, however simply doesn’t have the decrease physique energy to stone defensive linemen persistently.

However watch as Stinnie’s lack of anchor turns into a difficulty on a play that wants extra time to develop. He will get run backwards and his man finally ends up affecting Brady and contributing to the sack.


I discussed it on the final clip, however one factor that actually shines via with Stinnie is how technically sound he’s on a rep-to-rep foundation. Check out how nicely he executes this attain block in opposition to Miami.

Watch as Stinnie will get an excellent push with prolonged arms after which follows it by driving his shoulder via and climbing vertically. Superior rep.

On The Transfer

Within the time Stinnie was on the sphere the Bucs appeared to extend their use of motion alongside the offensive line within the run recreation. Whether or not or not it’s exterior zone runs or traps/pulls that they had Stinnie shifting bit. And it is smart why. He has fast toes that enable him to work nicely on the transfer. And whereas he does transfer nicely there are nonetheless some alternatives in his recreation.

Watch as Stinnie fires out of his stance and picks up his man on the pull. This could have been an ideal rep apart from his lack of follow-through on the block. Stinnie isn’t capable of maintain the block and the defender is ready to shed him and contribute to the sort out. You can too see the place he his motion skills depart one thing to be desired when he will get out on screens. Case-in-point.

On this display cross Stinnie must get to the nickel defender. He isn’t capable of get to him, and as such the play is blown up for a minimal achieve. Whereas Stinnie has nice footwork, he doesn’t have the pace or agility to be a plus on performs like this.

Robert Hainsey

Hainsey’s taking part in time in 2021 was even lower than Stinnie’s, logging simply 31 snaps for the season. Due to this fact, I solely have two clips to share with you. In watching his restricted reps, I got here away fairly impressed with the second-year participant. He performed with a strong anchor and good type. It confirmed in his PFF grade as nicely, as he earned a 78.2 cross block grade and 65.7 grade general.

Going again to the play the place Stinnie gave up a part of the sack, focus your consideration now on the middle. Hainsey will get a little bit of assist from Alex Cappa, however general Hainsey retains his anchor and partitions off Dexter Lawrence. A number of offensive linemen misplaced on this play, however Hainsey was not one in all them.

Keep in mind that Dolphins clip the place Stinnie efficiently executes his attain block? Once more, shift your eyes to the middle. Hainsey is simply as profitable in firing off the road, gaining leverage and tilting his physique to wall off his defender. Then Hainsey climbs to try to get to a second defender.

Who Is Higher Suited To Win The Battle?

Total, there may be not sufficient tape on both of those gamers for me to say definitively which one I feel is best suited to win the beginning spot. Add Goedecke into the combination and it really ought to be a camp battle.

Out of those two gamers I’d lean Hainsey, as I feel his physicality and body give him the next ceiling than Stinnie. Stinnie to me is the right backup guard who can spot begin and use his technical prowess to fill in nicely in a pinch. If anybody not named Goedecke wins this battle I hope it is going to be Hainsey.