Bucs coaches seem fairly certain about left side of o-line
Bucs OL coach Joe Gilbert said the left side of the offensive line is pretty cemented with Tristan Wirfs at LT, Matt Feiler at LG. “You put (Wirfs) and Matt Feiler over at left guard when you lined those guys up with Ryan Jensen, it looks pretty good.”
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) May 10, 2023
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line has been a somewhat contentious topic over the offseason, and it’s grown even more so after the team didn’t select a left tackle in the 2023 NFL draft. It seems possible now, though, that a decent chunk of the line has been set up as the offseason continues.
Bucs coaches spoke with media on Wednesday, and the offensive line was one of many topics those at the podium spoke of. Two of those coaches were OC Dave Canales and OL coach Joe Gilbert, and when both were asked about the offensive line, the two had the same makeup for the left side of it — both Canales and Gilbert said that Tristan Wirfs is set to line up at LT and recent free agent acquisition Matt Feiler will line up at LG, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud and FOX Sports’ Greg Auman.
Asked about Bucs’ offensive line today, OC Dave Canales said he’s excited, and first names he mentioned were Tristan Wirfs at left tackle and Matt Feiler at left guard, with Ryan Jensen obviously at center.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 10, 2023
With C Ryan Jensen certainly keeping his job there, that would make three of the team’s five offensive line positions known before the beginning of the season. The two remaining positions are RG and RT, as Wirfs had to move from the right side to the left. The right guard position should be an open competition between the likes of Nick Leverett, Robert Hainsey, Aaron Stinnie and new OG Cody Mauch, while RT will likely go to Luke Goedeke after he played there in the final game of the regular season in 2022.
The right side of the line will become clearer as training camp gets underway in the coming months, but it seems as if the offensive line is shaping up before rookie minicamp even begins.