We have two tidbits from Pro Football Focus today. First, they ranked the offensive rookies -- and Mike Evans came in fifth. That's a pretty solid ranking for a receiver who was fairly raw coming into the season, playing with one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL and on an offense that couldn't block anybody all season long.
What's more telling is the players who came in ahead of Evans. Because they include quarterback Teddy Bridgewater -- someone the Bucs certainly could have used -- and offensive linemen Zack Martin and Joel Bitonio, who both played offensive guard. Another two players the Bucs could have used, although Martin was drafted in the middle of the first round and Bitonio went just a few picks before they took Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round.
Another tidbit, PFF ranked the offensive lines, and the Bucs' line came in 25th.
The decision to get younger at left tackle backfired with Anthony Collins struggling as Donald Penn flourished. Logan Mankins was a vital pickup given what they had at the guards spot but you'd be hard pressed to figure out what this line will look like next year.
Logan Mankins was kind of terrible at the start of the season, but he did get...less than horrible toward the end. To the extent where I think he may be a solid-if-overpaid starter next year. Evan Dietrich-Smith was not the worst center in the NFL, but he wasn't exactly great either. Basically, the Bucs have just a whole bunch of question marks along the offensive line
Stephen White disagrees with that ranking, though.
No. Hell no. NOPE. There weren't 6 offensive lines worse than the Bucs this season. That much I can promise you on everything I love.— Stephen White (@sgw94) January 12, 2015