New Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen is becoming acclimated with his new teammates and bonding with his fellow linemen.
Ryan Jensen was one of the biggest off-season acquisitions for GM Jason Licht and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For the Buccaneers, it was about addressing a weakness and fortifying the trenches in front of Jameis Winston. For Jensen, right now, it’s about establishing chemistry and building a united front to elevate the offense.
When speaking to the media, Jensen addressed the need for the offensive line to bond and grow together in order to become the dominant force they need to be;
"“With everything, it takes a little bit of time. Going into our sixth OTA today, we’re starting to mesh better and the communication is big in the way we communicate with each other. Having a couple of new pieces in there makes it a little tough but we’re getting there. The chemistry with personalities and stuff like that, we’re all a younger group. We can relate with each other really well. We hang out outside of football and stuff like that so the chemistry is very big on the offensive line and we’re really starting to click.”"
Having Jensen join the line and bring some much needed nastiness and attitude to the center position will go a long way. It allowed Ali Marpet to move back to his natural position of guard, essentially improving two positions.
As I talked about on the Locked on Bucs podcast (you can listen below), it’s been fantastic how Jensen and his family have integrated themselves into the Tampa community. That’s the exact approach Jensen is taking with his new teammates.
He’s seen how effective an offensive line can be when the chemistry is there, so building it early will be vital as the Buccaneers prepare to head into mandatory mini-camp, then into training camp in August.
Just another reason to be excited about the fact that Ryan Jensen is the new center of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.