How can you not be impressed by how a lot of the Buccaneers rookies have turned out this season? Jameis Winstons leadership abilities and veteran qualities are impressive by themselves. And not to mention the fact that he improves every game. Ali Marpet has become something of a star on the offensive line an instant force, sparking a noticeable change in offensive line play, the day he started. Kwon Alexander, who is currently serving a four-game suspension, has become a key gear, in a system that is suffering, without him.
“Marpet is a great example of the faster-than-expected impact of these younger players. Licht can recall easily, during the early days of training camp, when he realized this year’s group might indeed provide the foundation for years to come.”I remember the first time (Marpet) went up against Gerald (McCoy) on the first day of training camp, and Gerald smoked him,” Licht said. “Gerald ran by me and said, ‘Your rookie ain’t ready yet.’ “But three days later, on the fourth day of camp, Licht remembers Marpet making a move on McCoy that raised his eyebrows.” – Reported by Jeff Darlington