Buccaneers Game Grades: 2017 Week 7 loss to Buffalo Bills
Looking back on the play of the offensive line, one player has really stuck out from the rest all season. Right Tackle Demar Dotson is having, in my opinion, a Pro Bowl year. Dotson has continued to be graded as one of the league’s top offensive tackles according to Pro Football Focus. In 45 pass blocking snaps, Dotson has only surrendered two pressures. That’s impressive in my book.
Center Ali Marpet is continuing to grow as a center and will continue to get better on his snaps. On the Bucs first drive, a face-mask call on Marpet ultimately stalled the Bucs offense from moving the ball for a first down which ended in a Pat Murray 50 yard field goal.
One play that stood out was during the fourth quarter at about 6:53 left in the game, Martin took a run to the left, but before he could get anywhere, the defense was already behind the line of scrimmage.
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On this play, the offensive line as a whole seemed to have been manhandled and pushed back, missing key blocks that would’ve given Martin some extra time.
Penalties came at the worse times for the Buccaneers o line on Sunday and has been somewhat of a common theme throughout the year.
Winston threw a nice touch pass to Jackson for 65 yards, but due to a holding call on Donovan Smith, the Bucs moved backwards instead of forwards.
If the Bucs offensive line can clean up their discipline on the line and play their assignment a little better, this group could grade higher.