LT Donovan Smith
Smith has performed no better than league average at left tackle. Smith is inconsistent in pass sets and the Buccaneers don’t trust running behind him on outside runs. Even with strong run blocker Ali Marpet beside him, Smith hasn’t proven to be strong in either situation.
The Penn State product does deserve a ton of credit for staying on the field. Smith has yet to miss a game in a Buccaneers uniform. He is a warrior.
General manager Jason Licht has to be careful about giving Smith a long-term deal unless he plays at his best for the rest of the season. Smith is going to ask for elite tackle money, and he doesn’t deserve it at this point.
There is still plenty of time for Smith to prove his worth. Smith will be matched up with top-tier pass rushers as the season continues. If he holds his own, perhaps he can earn a new contract.