At first, I was going to put offensive tackle and submit this article for publication to one of my editors. I then second guessed my opinion and came back to change offensive tackle to offensive line.
Demar Dotson is aging and both guards are struggling.
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Before injury Dotson was having arguably the best season of his nine year career. Undrafted and underappreciated has been the story of Dotson’s career, but it should not be that way.
Leaving that for another article leads us to the fact that Dotson next season will be 33 and the Bucs would be wise to draft a contender for his position. Having young players grow in the NFL before finding themselves in the starting lineup is always a good choice.
Having two years left on his contract and after a stellar year of play can almost guarantee he will back with the team next season. Not to mention he is still here for cheap.
As for the guard situation, both JR Sweezy and Kevin Pamphile have struggled mightily.
Pamphile has been both a liability in the run game and in the pass which is why he shared the position with Evan Smith up till the injury of Marpet. Besides his ability to play every position on the offensive line in the last year of his rookie contract, if he does not come cheap the Bucs may decide to let him walk.
As for Sweezy who was never known for his pass protection, has also shown rust in his game with a lack of flexibility in the run. Understandable after a major back injury that almost ended his career, but will he be able to rebound to his former self?
Drafting a guy in the early to middle rounds who can come in to play both guard and tackle seems like a no brainer.
A GM should reinforce the trenches on both sides of the ball each off-season.
Players to keep an eye on: Jamarco Jones, Martinas Rankin, Austin Corbett