The yell heard ’spherical Tampa Bay. Yesterday, Ryan Jensen went down with an apparently severe knee damage and Bucs followers in all places collectively gasped (actually there’s a video of it taking place and all the followers in attendance gasping in unison). And with that, the minds of Bucs-world began racing.
“Who is on the market? Get JC Tretter on the telephone? How about Matt Paradis? Billy Value? Will Invoice Belichick ship us the Patriots beginning middle Dave Andrews for a bag of magic beans?”
Most groups will think about inner choices earlier than wanting externally when making an attempt to fill voids on their roster. The Bucs have completed that every one offseason lengthy. When contemplating depth at defensive deal with, the group waited till July to signal Akiem Hicks. When contemplating depth at extensive receiver, the group noticed what they’d at OTAs earlier than signing Julio Jones on the primary day of coaching camp. The Bucs will most certainly do this with Robert Hainsey at middle earlier than making a reactionary transfer to signal a veteran.
So, what do the Bucs have with Hainsey? Admittedly, there isn’t a ton of NFL movie on him. He performed simply 31 snaps within the common season final 12 months. He did grade out nicely in that restricted motion, exhibiting nicely as a move protector and first rate as a run blocker. With that mentioned let’s check out as a lot tape as we will on the brand new focus in Bucs-land.
Listed here are a few clips of Hainsey from final 12 months. Let’s begin with this one towards the Giants.
Hainsey will get a little bit of assist from Alex Cappa, however general, he retains his anchor and partitions off Dexter Lawrence. A number of offensive linemen misplaced on this play, however Hainsey was not considered one of them.
Now right here’s one other one towards Miami.
Hainsey is profitable in firing off the road, gaining leverage and tilting his physique to wall off his defender. Then Hainsey climbs to attempt to get to a second defender. Watch the preliminary get-off. One factor you may completely say about Hainsey is he’s quick off the road. That ought to pair nicely with new proper guard Shaq Mason who’s infamous for his skill to leap off the road with pace and authority. Think about these two on a combo block towards a nostril deal with or 1-technique.
Now right here’s a clip @realbucstalk posted on twitter yesterday.
Watch as Hainsey makes use of his quickness to get throughout the precise facet of the road to assist proper deal with Tristan Wirfs decelerate Derrick Brown because the play develops behind the road of scrimmage. Hainsey then reveals good really feel for when to disengage and climb to the second degree. At that time he will get shifting to assist lead Scotty Miller to the top zone. That’s free security Kenny Robinson Hainsey is ready to physique up within the open discipline. It takes a ton of agility and athleticism for an offensive lineman to cowl up a defensive again within the open like that.
Lastly, right here is a few movie from Hainsey’s work on the Senior Bowl main as much as the 2021 NFL Draft. I discovered an awesome reduce up by Scott Kennedy on YouTube that includes Hainsey. I’ll attempt to breakdown every rep slightly. This was the primary time Hainsey did any work at middle, so please disregard the poor snaps. That’s one thing he has labored on for the previous 12 months and a half and must be a lot cleaner now.
Rep 1 0:00-0:15
Hainsey will get latch together with his palms and makes use of that plus a stable leg drive to simply transfer his man backwards on drive block.
Rep 2 0:16-0:25
Combo block the place Hainsey makes use of his palms nicely and pushes his man 10 yards again. From a mentality standpoint you like to see how him and the guard push via the top of the rep.
Rep 3 0:26-0:32
First rep we see in a pass-pro setting. Defensive deal with jumps off the road and will get a cut up on the guard. Hainsey reveals an awesome restoration to get again into the rep. He was ready to make use of a stable punch together with his proper hand to assist sluggish the defender’s progress and fast toes to assist aide his restoration as he twists his hips to get again in it.
Rep 4 0:36-0:42
Nice punch and grip. He retains his arms prolonged to make sure the defender stays at bay. After which when the defender tries to counter to Hainsey’s left, he makes use of his grip to grab and drop him to the bottom.
Rep 5 0:44-0:50
Makes use of a fast leap to have interaction the defender up discipline of the line-of-scrimmage. He begins to lose the rep although because the defender will get leverage and drives Hainsey upright and ultimately is ready to snatch him to the bottom. That is in all probability Hainsey’s worst rep of the clip. Even so he loses a few seconds in and with out giving floor.
Rep 6 0:51-0:56
That is nice instance of plus hand combating. He will get preliminary punch with each palms, however because the defender swats them away. So Hainsey once more lands a robust double-hand punch and this time locks in, anchors down together with his decrease half and slows the defender’s progress. One be aware right here. You’ll be able to see that his decrease half appears a bit skinny. That is a part of the physique transformation Hainsey has been engaged on since being drafted. As a deal with at Notre Dame a leaner decrease half was okay for taking part in a place that required extra agility. Taking part in inside requires a thicker construct, and from what I’ve heard behind the scenes the Bucs have been thrilled with what Hainsey has put in work-wise on getting his construct proper.
Rep 7 1:00-1:08
Makes use of his left hand to get a really feel for the left guard’s block on the deal with. On condition that the guard has to come back throughout laterally, Hainsey is ensuring the defensive deal with doesn’t shoot the hole earlier than the guard can get into place. This reveals his intelligence and really feel for the place, even because it was his first time enjoying it at an elite degree. As soon as Hainsey feels snug the block is executed he strikes to the second degree and finds the linebacker. He reveals latch together with his palms and controls the defender, stopping him from stacking and shedding the block.
Rep 8 1:08-1:18
Right here Hainsey is enjoying left guard. The deal with tries to execute a swim transfer and places it on fairly fast. However Hainsey is ready to get a robust punch that pushes the defender backwards, thus nullifying the transfer. Now with area between them, the move rusher makes an attempt to rise up the arc with pace. Hainsey does job of exhibiting fast toes, recovering and getting a closing push to knock the defender too far up the arc to have an effect on the play.
Rep 9 1:22-1:30
Good preliminary combo block, however right here you wish to see a bit extra consciousness to search out the linebacker ready within the a-gap and attempt to put a hat on him. That is one the place Hainsey leaves slightly to be desired.
Rep 10 1:34-1:41
Love the quickness and tenacity all through the rep. However two apparent penalties. First the false begin after which the maintain on the finish as he and the linebacker twirl one another in a dos-y-doe.
Rep 11 1:46-1:58
Fires off the road, finds the linebacker, squares him up and retains the block lengthy sufficient for the again to get by.
There’s a cause the Bucs took Hainsey within the third spherical. He has the quickness, palms, motor, and power to achieve success on a high tier offensive line. From what his teammates and others across the group have mentioned, he has put within the work to set himself up to achieve success. He was legitimately within the operating to start out this 12 months anyway at left guard. Now he simply has the chance on the place he’s been getting ready for extra since getting into the league.
Give him an opportunity Bucs followers. It appears the group is snug with him. Why not you?