PFF Ranks Bucs Offensive Line As “Elite”

Because the offseason rolls on, Professional Soccer Focus continues its collection of rating place teams. Yesterday they evaluated offensive traces. And to nobody’s shock, the Bucs ranked extraordinarily favorably.

Mike Renner ranks the Bucs within the “Elite Tier One” class, putting them fourth general. This class Renner describes as having minor or no weaknesses.

Normal supervisor Jason Licht has gone to nice lengths to construct a robust offensive line unit. To be able to do that he has utilized a number of technique of acquisition. Licht has spent premium draft picks on beginning tackles Donovan Smith (second spherical, 2015) and Tristan Wirfs (first spherical, 2020). He has additionally used draft capital to commerce for a longtime veteran in proper guard Shaq Mason.

Licht hasn’t been afraid to spend in free company both. In 2018, he signed middle Ryan Jensen to the biggest contract for that place in NFL historical past. He doubled down this previous offseason by re-signing Jensen to a 3 yr, $39 million deal.

Licht’s Investments Have Paid Off

Wirfs was All-Professional in 2021, whereas he and Jensen had been each Professional Bowlers. Mason is broadly thought of probably the greatest run-blocking guards within the league, and Smith has confirmed to be a stable starter who has improved his play each season since coming into the league per PFF.

Given the assets invested within the unit it ought to be anticipated that it’s thought of elite. Renner lists every of the aforementioned gamers as starters for the upcoming 2022 season and pencils in rookie Luke Goedeke because the starter at left guard, changing the retired Ali Marpet. Goedeke shall be battling with third-year veteran Aaron Stinnie, in addition to Robert Hainsey for that function.

Irrespective of who wins the left guard spot the road ought to be a power of the staff. With 4 established above-average-to-high-performers entrenched across the place the Bucs may have quarterback Tom Brady properly protected in 2022.