After Jameis Winston found himself on the turf throughout Sunday’s loss, the neglect of the offensive line has finally caught up to the Buccaneers.
Jameis Winston spent most of the game running for his life against the New Orleans Saints last Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 31-24, falling to 2-3 on the season. The long-maligned quarterback was sacked six times and was unable to get the ball to Mike Evans even once.
Now, with Alex Cappa and Demar Dotson inactive for their upcoming game against the Panthers as Cappa broke his arm and Dotson hurt his hamstring, the Bucs could be in big trouble.
So why are they in this position? Many factors come into play. We can’t predict injuries, but we can definitely predict Tampa Bay’s drafting habits along the offensive line.
While general Jason Licht’s decision-making ability in the NFL Draft is by all accounts suspect, he has definitely become negligent of the offensive line. Considering that a lack of strength at offensive line has plagued the Bucs for years, this is surprising.
Let us take a look at what has caused the state of dilapidation that the Buccaneers’ offensive line finds themselves in today. Honestly, the problem is a pretty easy one to spot.