There hasn’t been a ton to jump up and down about for the Buccaneers so far this season, but Nick Leverett stepping up has been a point to celebrate.
If you told us that Nick Leverett would have been one of the most impactful players for the Buccaneers at this part of the season, most people wouldn’t have believed you.
The starting left guard job looked like Luke Goedeke’s and his alone to lose, but that experiment didn’t work out all that well. Tampa’s offensive line struggled for most of the season with the rookie in as the starter, and one of the biggest overall changes for this team has been what happened once Goedeke was no longer available due to injury.
Nick Leverett getting forced into the starting role was a welcomed surprise. The events surrounding this move are not something that anyone hopes for, but it is fair to say that Todd Bowles and his staff have been far more reactionary than proactive this season.
If it takes an injury to force a change, that isn’t a good thing, but the change is here now and that is what matters.
When it is all said and done, Levertt has looked like a bonafide pro during his time in the role. After being a backup for most of his career, it was about time that Leverett got his shot, and it is clear that he is looking to make the most of it right now.
With this change in mind, the Buccaneers are slowly creeping back to their status as one of the best offensive lines in the league at protecting the passer. We don’t care nearly as much about any of the run blocking.
Pass blocking will always be king in the modern game, and Nick Leverett is showing that he is in a role that he has earned and fully deserves.
Hopefully the Buccaneers recognize what is working and don’t make a change with one of their more impactful players.
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