The Buccaneers would hate to lose Ryan Jensen for any extended period of time. Still, this is why they drafted Robert Hainsey.
As much as we would all like to believe that Ryan Jensen will be back and ready to play for the Buccaneers sooner rather than later, an injury to the knee that requires a cart to get off the field is a tough slap of reality.
If there was a guy who could shrug something like that off, Jensen is certainly him, but it might be time for the Bucs to start wrapping their minds around the notion that they could be without one of their best players for a chunk of the season.
If Jensen goes out, the Buccaneers will then be forced to rely on young center Robert Hainsey, a player who was drafted with something like this in mind.
Whether Hainsey took over after Jensen left in free agency or in a situation like this, the Bucs did well to plan for future contingencies.
Unless something dramatic changes in the coming weeks, Hainsey looks like the guy going forward.
This isn’t a bad thing for the Bucs and the fact that they do need to see what he can do on the field, but it is going to be rough if Tampa starts the season with three new faces on the interior of the line.
Trial by fire isn’t always a bad thing, especially for interior offensive linemen if history is any indication, but there are a lot of expectations that go into this team and what it will do in the hunt for another Super Bowl.
Robert Hainsey is going to have to be a baller if the Bucs are to keep their status as one of the best teams in the league. He looks up for the task.
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