The Buccaneers made Ryan Jensen the highest paid center in the NFL back in 2018. With an aggressive, fiery demeanor between the lines, Jensen was a solid addition to the Buccaneers offensive line. The move would allow Ali Marpet to move back to guard, a position he had shown much promise in. Last Sunday, Jensen moved to guard to fill in for Marpet, who was still in the concussion protocol. Let the fireworks begin.
Versatility Is A Great Ability
Ryan Jensen has always displayed versatility. The native Coloradan was an All-State defensive end at Fort Morgan High School. Switching to the offensive side of the ball at Colorado State University at Pueblo showed his versatility. While at CSU-Pueblo, Jensen played four years at starting tackle. The former center in high school would also snap the ball quite a bit in college. He was projected to play guard in the NFL, but would ultimately become one of the best centers in the league.
Swing, Swing, Swing.
To use the term ‘swing-player’ almost feels like a slight. Jensen doesn’t just display the ability to move from position to position on the offensive line, as evident against the Panthers this past Sunday. With moving to left guard while A.Q. Shipley moved to center, the Buccaneers would have success on the ground in Carolina. The 98 yard touchdown run by Ronald Jones II in the third quarter would be a new Buccaneer rushing record. It was also one of the highlights of the season, so far.
Time To Get Back To Basics
While Shipley demonstrated what a veteran backup with 51 games in the Bruce Arians system can do, the Buccaneers will stick with Jensen as the quarterback of the offensive line. Having a player with Jensen’s versatility is an asset that can’t be overemphasized. Teams looking to make a run in the postseason know that depth and versatility are at a premium this time of year.
Known for his prowess on the grill, Ryan Jensen has all the burners going on the Buccaneers’ offensive line. Whether you’re talking about chicken, steak, or sweet barbeque ribs, Buccaneers fans like what the eight year center is cooking. With a year left on his contract, maybe the team is cooking a new contract up for the ‘Colorado Kid’.