Entering the Bucs Week 12 matchup against the Colts, one huge question mark loomed over the offensive line. With left guard Ali Marpet out, backup Aaron Stinnie would have to square off against Pro Bowler DeForest Buckner. On paper, it looked like a win for the Colts. So imagine the trepidation when Stinnie went down with a knee injury 10 plays into the game. The loss thrust Nick Leverett into the first regular season action of his career.

In the end, Leverett held his own over 57 snaps. There were some ugly reps, especially in pass protection. He got beat by Buckner for a sack and surrendered four pressures. Pro Football Focus gave him a grade of 32.3 overall, and 7.8 in pass protection (out of 100). But I take their grades with a grain of salt. Leverett had a couple great reps, and looked good overall in the run game.

Bucs LT Nick Leverett

Bucs LT Nick Leverett – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I mean, we love Nick (Leverett),” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said. “Nick won our hearts in training camp. He is a battler. I think we played six minutes and lost four starters in this game. I said, ‘Okay, this is going to be a long one’. Devin (White) did come back, but he isn’t Devin, but he came back. To lose those guys, hats off. Nick will get a game ball, that’s for sure.”

The hope is that Leverett won’t have to provide an encore performance next week. The severity of the injury to Stinnie is unknown, but Marpet should be back soon. The Bucs star guard was listed as doubtful against the Colts, and should have good chance to play against Atlanta this Sunday. But if Stinnie is out, Leverett will become the top backup guard on either side.

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Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
1 month ago

Just for you horse!

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
1 month ago

Game ball for him? Idk about that. Greenbay has patchwork O line and don’t see those guys giving up sacks and having penalties like Leverette did. Rodgers is mobile I know but still with bad toe he has been protected with backups well. Guess will see how Leverette does next week of Marpet isn’t back as he was going up against great pass rusher so will give him somewhat of a pass.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

Rodgers and his bad toe, lol. What a warrior playing with that bad little toe!

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

Guess you missed how many times our poorly schemed defense sacked “Man Bun” last year.

compewterpirate
compewterpirate(@compewterpirate)
1 month ago

Let’s just say the game ball for Leverett was a tad generous! PFF’s grade of 7.8 out of 100 in pass protection seems about right. I had my eyes glued to #60 on many of those plays hoping he wasn’t going to get trucked over by Buckner and leave TB 12 in a heap on the ground. Obviously any time you are employing a 3rd string player, in any position, it’s ‘heart in mouth’ time, no disrespect intended on Leverett. So let’s hope Marpet is good to go next weekend, as it appears that Stinnie is definitely out.

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17(@toofamiliar17)
1 month ago

Lol. I appreciate him stepping in, but Leverett was BAD. If we’re without both Marpet and Stinnie next week, we’re gonna be in trouble with Leverett in there if we don’t slide help his way throughout the game. Dude was getting murdered Sunday, and it won’t get any easier in ATL against Jarrett.

76bucsfan46
76bucsfan46(@76bucsfan46)
1 month ago

What happened to our depth, were the guy from Notre Dame, were the guard from SC ?

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  76bucsfan46
1 month ago

Injured?

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  76bucsfan46
1 month ago

76: Robert Hainsey is the back-up center. Sadarius Hutcherson got injured early in Training Camp and has been on Injured Reserve ever since.