Two games into the preseason schedule and it is still very clear that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need help at the offensive line position. And while there has been much talk about the possibility of acquiring Alex Boone from the San Francisco 49ers, the Bucs don’t seem inclined to cave into the Niners’ relatively high demands with other options out there and head coach Lovie Smith still invested in developing his young guys. With that in mind, Tampa has opted to take the former route and acquire guard Rishaw Johnson for safety Kelsey McCray.
According to Bucs beat writer for the Tampa Tribune, Roy Cummings, Lovie believes that the team has good depth at the safety position which allowed them the opportunity to seek out guard help in Johnson. In his two years in the league, Rishaw has bounced around from the Seattle Seahawks to the Kansas City Chiefs where he spent most of his time as a member of the practice squad. The 25-year-old from Division II California University of Pennsylvania will now compete with two other offensive lineman (tackle Edawn Coughman and guard R.J. Mattes) who were acquired within the past 24 hours.
At 6’5″ and 313 pounds, Johnson has great size for the offensive line position, but in the end, the only thing that matters is impressing Smith and the rest of the coaching staff out on the field. And with two more contests left, Rishaw should see a lot more than the three offensive snaps he has in his entire career. Yes, three total offensive snaps!
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