The grading continues; this time I will grade the guard position. The offensive line is the key to the running game and protecting Josh Freeman. The Bucs have some talent at the guard position and some unproven players that are ready to take the stage and show they can play at a high level.
Starting at left guard, penciled in before the start of training camp is 6’4” 308 lb. guard, Jeremy Zuttah. Zuttah, coming out of Rutgers, is a very versatile guard that has a lot of experience. He has played in 28 games and started 21 of them. He is the 3rd Bucs’ rookie to start an NFL game on the offensive line in the last four seasons. He can also play tackle if needed (Penn situation continues on), but is better suited at guard position.
Behind Zuttah is Keydrick Vincent. Vincent, the 6’5” 325 lb. veteran, played last season with division rival Carolina Panthers. He signed as a free agent and is already pushing for the starting role. He is creating competition because of his experience (the Panthers are one of the best rushing teams in the league) and by Coach Morris saying he wants competition on the line. He may be the starter opening day and will push Zuttah every day.
At right guard, penciled in as the starter for the Bucs is Davin Joseph. Joseph, the 6’3” 313 playmaker out of Oklahoma, has started in 16 games, going to his first Pro-Bowl in 2009. He is a very aggressive lineman that is very athletic. He is still young, but has experience and is one of the most consistent linemen.
Behind Joseph is Marc Dile. Dile is an undrafted rookie out of local USF (Go Bulls). Dile is very athletic and can play multiple positions along the line. He was signed to help provide depth, but if he continues to progress through training came, he could possibly see some playing time this year.
Lee Grimes was released today (he was another guard that was on the Bucs roster)
Overall grade, B. The Bucs have talent at the starting position, but the depth behind the starters is inexperienced and young. The Bucs will have to stay healthy for the guard position to keep this grade.