Buccaneers can’t lean on early rookies en route to playoffs
By Rob Leeds
What we have seen from the Buccaneers rookies this season has gone against some of the initial expectations for their year. Tampa can’t rely on them.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were supposed to get a mountain of production out of their first two draft picks from the Class of 2022.
Unfortunately, at just over half way through the season, it is time to say that the Bucs absolutely can’t rely on Logan Hall and Luke Goedeke en route to the playoffs and beyond.
Hall has a bit more potential of turning into something more than we have seen so far, but even then his production has been very shaky.
Goedeke has simply struggled from the start. It has been hard to find a lot of quality play in Goedeke’s tape, and the move to Nick Levrett as the starting left guard due to an injury has actually helped the Buccaneers and Tom Brady.
You hate to see something like this happen, especially when guys like Hall and Goedeke were so highly-touted during the draft and in the aftermath, but what we have seen from these two screams depth players for now above all else.
This isn’t entirely out of the norm for most teams across the league, but it is also fair to acknowledge that the Bucs have been able to get high-level production out of their rookies in other years (the Super Bowl season for one) and having that same help in a year like this would be massively beneficial to a team that still needs some help.
The Buccaneers may not get anything crazy out of their top two rookies, but the good news on this end is that guys that were lower down on draft day (Rachaad White, Jake Camarda, and Cade Otton) have done extremely well in their roles.
As long as some of the rookies are stepping up when needed, essentially that is all that matters.
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