Wednesday, September 09, 2009

DMN Blog: Scouting the Bucs' pass protectors

By Tim MacMahon/Blogger

Byron Leftwich is a statue with a looooooooong delivery. The Cowboys led the league in sacks last season.

Advantage, Dallas.

The pressure is on the Bucs' offensive line to prevent DeMarcus Ware and Co. from wreaking havoc Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Here's a just-the-stats look at those five guys (sacks allowed last season, per Stats Inc.):

LT Donald Penn - 8.5
LG Jeremy Zuttah - 0 (five starts)
C Jeff Faine - 1
RG Davin Joseph -- 1
RT Jeremy Trueblood - 6

Bryan Broaddus, the official scout of ESPN 103.3's Galloway and Co., speaks very highly of Penn despite the guy giving up the ninth-most sacks in the league last season. Broaddus describes Penn (6-5, 305) as a strong player with a great punch and good footwork.

The 6-3, 313-pound Joseph, a first-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2006, is an extremely physical player with good feet. He earned a trip to the Pro Bowl last season.

Broaddus believes that Trueblood (6-8, 320) is the weak link on the line. His issues: "Not very strong, gets overextended and has a hard time moving with his guy." That's good news for Anthony Spencer. Watch out if DeMarcus Ware, whom Wade Phillips wants to move around more this season, gets one-on-one with Trueblood.