In my honest opinion, offensive linemen do not get nearly enough credit for how much they do for the team. Without a good line in front of them, offensive players tend to struggle.
When you look at offensive juggernauts in the NFL, one of the common denominators across all of those teams? A stacked offensive line. With that being said, Davin Joseph is one of the more underrated players in Buccaneers franchise history.
To the casual fan it makes sense. Linemen don’t make the flashy plays that get shown on SportsCenter every night. They are not always household names, and that is tragic. Good offensive linemen make the skill position players look better, especially running backs and quarterbacks. Without their pass protection and run blocking, nothing would happen on offense.
Such was the case with Joseph. He blocked for some talented running backs like Warrick Dunn, Cadillac Williams and LeGarrette Blount, while also protecting guys like Jeff Garcia and Josh Freeman under center. Joseph was a staple for the Buccaneers from 2006 up until 2013, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2008 and 2011.
What drops Joseph is his relative lack of success (only one playoff berth during his tenure) and that he didn’t play a flashy, skill position on offense. His contribution to the team was immense and for a while he was irreplaceable. However, there are just too many better players in franchise history to have Joseph any higher in this ranking.