Last year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired J.R. Sweezy as a Free Agent to bolster the Offensive Line. He was supposed to take the starting spot at Left Guard by the start of the Regular Season. Unfortunately, though, Sweezy did not play one snap all year and was sidelined due to injury.
Now, one year later, Sweezy is back at it and finally healthy again. According to Head Coach Dirk Koetter, Sweezy has been doing very well and he “is off to a great start”.
With his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, Sweezy played at the Right Guard position. Now with Ali Marpet most likely moving to Center, it looks like Sweezy might play his former position with the Bucs as well. As of now, he is the favorite to win the starting job.
Sweezy needs to stay healthy and find a rapport with his teammates on Offense. His play will be very important for the Buccaneers to create a solid running game (Remember: our running game decreased from fifth in the league in 2015 to 24th in the league last year!) and provide precious time for Winston to be able to throw it deep to Jackson for six!