It rarely owns the spotlight in an NFL offense, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line has revamped itself in hopes of a better collective performance this season compared to 2017.
When the Bucs open training camp on Thursday, there will be new faces and a few different places beginning with Ali Marpet moving back to a guard position after spending 2017 at center.
The Bucs welcome free agent center Ryan Jensen and will seek to replace guard J.R. Sweezy, who was released during the off-season.
News Channel 8’s Dan Lucas previewed the Bucs offensive line with Trevor Sikkema of PewterReport.com.
While pass protection will be something watch in 2018, the NFL formula of running the football will be the difference maker.
No one on last year’s Bucs offensive line is proud of the running game.
While the Bucs 27th ranked rushing attack is deceiving due to the offense facing many passing situations last year, it is the yards per attempt that are glaring.
3.7 yards per carry also ranked 27th and the Bucs were one of just nine teams that failed to average at least 100 yards rushing per game.