Buccaneers: Identifying the Team’s Biggest Flaws
The Guys Up Front
The weakest part of the Bucs has been several different things over the course of this season. For the first couple of games it was blatantly safety play but slowly Chris Conte and Keith Tandy began making plays. In the back half of the season the offensive line has transitioned to become the weakest part of the team. Aside from Ali Marpet there aren’t any players on the line that have consistently shown progress and Jason Licht will need to make this group a priority over the off-season.
The Bucs are likely to keep Donovan Smith for another season and will have J.R. Sweezy returning from injury to fill the left guard void. That means that Jason Licht only needs to invest in two positions, right tackle and center. Demar Dotson just received a new contract, so it’s not likely the Bucs invest highly in a right tackle, but don’t rule out the Bucs selecting a center in either the first or second round this year and allowing Joe Hawley to become one of the most solid back-up centers in the league.