The Buccaneers were dealt bad news when they found out that right guard Davin Joseph tore his patellar tendon and would need to be placed on season ending IR. Joseph signed a 7 year, 52.5 million dollar deal last offseason and the Buccaneers were counting on him to be a crucial part of their new conservative, run heavy, smash mouth offense. However, despite his large salary, Joseph is actually not that great. In fact, I think he’s one of the most overpaid and overrated players in the league, so this won’t be a huge loss.
Joseph was ProFootballFocus’ 56th ranked guard in 2008, 71st ranked guard in 2009, and 72nd ranked guard in 2010. Last year was actually his best year as he ranked 46th, playing above average as a pass protector. He allowed 2 sacks, 3 quarterback hits, and 21 quarterback pressures, while committing 4 penalties, but he was the 66th ranked guard as a run blocker. Throughout his career, the 2006 1st round pick has actually been a better pass protector than run blocker.
Ted Larsen will start in his absence, though he’s been awful in limited action in his career after being drafted in the 6th round in 2010 by the New England Patriots. Still, I don’t think it’s as big of a downgrade as it’s being made out to be. Larsen will start next to right tackle Jeremy Trueblood, an awful right tackle who led the league by allowing 50 pressures last year. However, the rest of their line is fine. Donald Penn is an above average left tackle, while new left guard Carl Nicks is one of the best in the business. He moves Jeremy Zuttah from left tackle to center, where he’s an upgrade over incumbent Jeff Faine, who was cut and still remains a free agent, for good reason.
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