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Buccaneers have stood still on offensive line

TAMPA, Fla. – While talking with ESPN NFL Insider Matt Williamson about Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota on Wednesday, he brought up another issue.

“I don’t understand why people aren’t killing the Bucs about their offensive line,’’ Williamson said. “Their line was terrible last year and they have done absolutely nothing to fix it and I don’t understand why not. They’re going to be bringing in a rookie quarterback. I compare that to having a baby. You have to have your house ready for the baby and they’re not ready.’’

Williamson is right. The only move the Bucs have made on the offensive line was the release of left tackle Anthony Collins. That might qualify as addition by subtraction. But the fact is the Bucs haven’t brought in any new linemen and they have two glaring holes.

One is at right guard, where the Bucs need to upgrade over Patrick Omameh, who was the starter last season. The Bucs could make some progress in that area soon. They have a visit schedule Thursday with New England guard Dan Connolly.

Adding Connolly would make the line more solid in the middle. It would also represent a reunion of Connolly and left guard Logan Mankins, who played together for the Patriots. But adding Connolly still won’t solve all of the problems for the offensive line.

The other issue is at left tackle, the most important position on the line. The Bucs need someone who can protect the blind side of Winston or Mariota. One possibility is right tackle Demar Dotson. The Bucs experimented with him at left tackle near the end of last season.

But, no matter where Dotson lines up, the Bucs still have to add a tackle. There isn’t much left at that position in free agency. It’s starting to look more and more like the Bucs will have to use their second-round pick (34th overall) on a tackle.