Bucs guard J.R. Sweezy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Lost in the hoopla of signing free agents DeSean Jackson, Chris Baker J.J. Wilcox, along with the drafting of tight end O.J. Howard, is essentially a bonus player for 2017, if you will.
One that could have an even bigger impact on the team’s success than the above mentioned ones.
Guard J.R. Sweezy, signed from the Seahawks during the 2016 offseason, is back healthy – and motivated – to make up for lost time.
“It was the hardest year of my life, just not to play football and be with a new team – it’s pretty much the worst possible scenario,” Sweezy said. “But it taught me a lot about patience and I got to spend a lot of time with my daughter, she was born last year. So it was a blessing in disguise. (But)I’m just glad to be back.”
“I’d rather(have been) playing, obviously, but just seeing how the guys on this team interact with each other and how they play, I’m’ just glad to be in it again.”
Bucs G J.R. Sweezy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Bucs thought they had Logan Mankins heir apparent when they convinced Sweezy to turn down the Seahawks – and a few other teams – offer and come to Tampa Bay on a 4-year, $19,250,000 deal. But not long after it was determined that Sweezy had suffered a back injury and he never suited up for a single play as a Buccaneer.
The injury, that Sweezy admitted on Thursday was a herniated disc, required surgery. Sweezy said it still hasn’t been determined when the injury occurred. Was it before coming to Tampa Bay, or did it happen after he arrived?
While it may never be known or revealed, the Bucs are confident that Sweezy can withstand the rigors of a 16 game schedule. Offensive line coach George Warhop talked about Sweezy with the media last week and said he likes the attitude that he plays with.
“He’s doing a nice job for us out there,” Warhop said. “He works his tail off, he brings an edge – I’m excited to see him when we get in pads and it’s for real. He’s got a little bit of Logan [Mankins] to him, which I thought we missed last year. [He’s got] that, I don’t even know how to describe it, that ‘I’m going to beat the dog crap out of you’ edge, and so he has that, and it’s just one day at a time with him.”
Sweezy agreed he has a bit of an edge on the field.
“I’ve got my teammates’ backs, so when we go to play, whatever happens happens. I’ve got their back and they’ve got mine. We’re going to do what it takes to get the ‘W.’”
– Below is a film breakdown of Sweezy when he played for Seattle.
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Great video with Coach Cable talking about J.R., I’m excited to see him play this year for us. Between, Ali, J.R. and Kevin we could end up being really strong up the middle this year.
I hear this JR Sweezy is one bad dude. I hear he’s meaner than an acre of snakes; meaner than a gun powder-fed pit bull with rabies. John Wayne in Chisum said “he’s meaner than a gut-shot grizzly” – get the picture. lol.
O-Line coach George Warhop said “He’s got a little bit of Logan [Mankins] to him, which I thought we missed last year. That, that, I don’t even know how to describe it. That I’m-going-to-beat-the-dog-crap-out-of-you edge. So he has that”.
Kevin Pamphile said he’s glad he doesn’t have to block him. Well…..that’s the word. Now let’s see if he can stay healthy, go out there and make the defense pay. Bout time we get a little nasty up front! Go Bucs!
Looking at that You Tube Video makes me wonder why Licht did not draft a power back. Sweezy didn’t look like a hole opener; he is more a road grader.
Notice Cable was raving about Sweezy before the 2015 season. 2015 was not a stellar year. The Sweezy deal was decent at 4 yr/ $19.25m but now it is really a 3 yr/$19.25. The Bucs will need for him to outperform his past and hopefully his contract.
If he was so high on him why did they let him go? I know it’s all about dollars….just wondering if we get what we paid here. Run blocking is his forte. Pass blocking is another story.
PR should stop the Sweezy campaign… first, this the same $32.5M 5-year deal… Sweezy earned $9.5M ($4.5M salary + $5M roster bonus) in 2016!
only restructured his 2017 roster bonus, first half in (guaranteed) salary & second half in LTBE, then $1.25M per year of this salary in LTBE the next three year!
His $32.5M 5-year deal ($14.5M guaranteed) become a $27.5M 5-year deal with $13.25M guaranteed + $5M in incentives!
and if you can like the run block highlight, don’t forget the lowlight in pass protection!
If he is back, the line will be nasty tough and full of effort
This is a unique situation as far as I can remember. Missing an entire year with a back injury and surgery and coming back to play on the OL? That’s a tall task and one we really hope Sweezy is up too. If he does make it all the way to the field as a starter and holds up, it can be nothing but a positive for this team.
Like most fans I want to see it.
I love all these accountants out here who worry about how much billionaires are paying millionaires. LOL.
Fredster, for some reason the Seahawks are well know for letting good offensive lineman go and developing younger OL.
See Max Unger in New Orleans.
The Seahawks have apparently decided to put all of their money in retaining their defensive stars.
Of course this hasn’t boded well for Russell Wilson’s health, but that is apparently his problem.
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