The Buccaneers can’t move on from Alex Cappa.
After missing the Super Bowl due to an injury and the Buccaneers drafting a Swiss army knife for depth on their offensive line, Alex Cappa has been in conversation for all of the wrong reasons in recent months. Cappa is the only smart option for the Bucs at right guard going forward, and there is no reason for the team to make a change now.
Cappa may not be the flashiest player to pair alongside a line that has All-Pro talent throughout, but he gets the job done.
After giving up four sacks in 2019, there were some questions about Cappa’s abilities to be a starter on a unit that was protecting the immobile Tom Brady, but the young guard was able to rise to the occasion. With no sacks surrendered in 2020, Cappa should’ve ended the discussions about his abilities without question.
Cappa’s main strength is in pass-protection. While there are some shortcomings with his abilities as a run blocker, pass-protection is a much more valuable skill in an NFL that rewards teams for throwing the football more. The Bucs aren’t going to hang their hat offensively on their run game, nor should they with this roster, so Cappa isn’t a liability in what Tampa needs the most.
While Robert Hainsey and Aaron Stinnie will undoubtedly start to gain some traction during training camp, they are little more than depth options for the time being. Cappa has the most experience and has shown the most consistency, and you don’t want to change an offensive line after it already worked so well last season.
Cappa’s cheap rookie deal is coming to a close soon, which is the only knock against him, but the Bucs need to find a way to keep him in pewter and red if this season follows the same path as 2020. Any repeat level of success from Alex Cappa will make it impossible to ignore any longer that he is a starting-caliber guard, and if the money is right, he is not replaceable.
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