Buccaneers: 3 Reasons Why Tampa Bay Is No Fluke

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The Bucs finally, FINALLY, have an offensive line

If you have even somewhat followed the Bucs in the last decade, you would know that whoever was at quarterback has not had much protection in front of them.

Riddled with injuries, failed draft picks, free agency signings, and even one case of MRSA (seriously), the Buccaneers have a wall in front of Fitzpatrick that isn’t making it easy for opposing teams to get through. He didn’t even get touched in the game at the Saints and was only taken down twice against the stout Eagles’ defense.

The Bucs signed center Ryan Jensen to become the highest paid player at his position in league history. This signing allowed guard Ali Marpet to move back from center to his original position at the side of Jensen, making the Buccaneers improve at two positions with just one signing.

Tackle Donovan Smith, who didn’t allow a sack all of last season, was injured in the preseason but kept his streak of consecutive starts at 48 and has not missed a beat. Prior to the season, Smith was seventh in the league for most snaps played since he was drafted in 2015 at 3,088. He is a workhorse and a poster of the line in Tampa.