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J.R. Sweezy | Guard | #73

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/8/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 298
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 7 (225) / SEA
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The Bucs restructured OG J.R. Sweezy's contract.
It's the second time Sweezy's contract has been reworked this offseason. Sweezy hasn't played since 2015 due to a lingering back issue. The new deal raises his 2017 salary $1.25 million, but gives the Bucs some injury protection. Apr 8 - 2:36 PM
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Bucs OG J.R. Sweezy (back) has been cleared for football activities.

Sweezy could be limited to begin the spring, but should be ready for training camp. Signed to a five-year, $32.5 million deal last March, Sweezy ended up missing his entire first season as a Buc. Kevin Pamphile mostly struggled in Sweezy's absence, so as long as Sweezy is healthy, he should claim the left guard job he was slated for in 2016.
Jan 26 - 5:33 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter admitted Monday that OG J.R. Sweezy (back, PUP) won't play this season.

Sweezy spent the first half of the season on reserve/PUP and isn't healthy enough to practice, let alone play in games. Sweezy was extremely slow to recover from April back surgery, undoubtedly suffering setbacks in his rehab. The Bucs signed Sweezy to a five-year, $32.5 million contract in 2016 free agency.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 04:41:00 PM

Bucs placed LG J.R. Sweezy (back) on the reserve/PUP list.

Sweezy's outlook has gotten progressively worse since he went under the knife in April. He'll be first eligible to return in Week 8, but it doesn't seem like a guarantee. Kevin Pamphile, who has made only four career starts, will fill in at left guard. It's a concern for a team that wants to run the ball down teams' throats.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 05:46:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy (back, active/PUP) is expected to begin the season on the reserve/PUP.

This is surprising news just days after Sweezy reportedly received a good report from his doctor and mere hours after he said his recovery was "on track." This report seems a tad premature considering the Bucs still have three weeks to make this decision, but it certainly puts a dent in any optimism about Sweezy's availability for Week 1. If Sweezy is forced to miss regular season games, the Bucs will likely turn to Kevin Pamphile at left guard.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 12:42:00 PM

Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy (back, active/PUP) said he is "on track" in his recovery.

The length of that track remains in question, but at least Sweezy appears to have gotten good news from the specialist his visited this week. It remains possible he sits out the entire preseason, but it sounds like he will be ready for Week 1.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 11:49:00 AM

NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy (back, PUP) "got a positive report" from the specialist he visited on Tuesday.

Per Garofolo, the Bucs are hopeful Sweezy can return "soon." It still sounds like Sweezy could miss most, if not all, of the preseason, but that he'll be ready for the opener after the Bucs gave him a five-year, $32.5 million deal in March.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 03:44:00 PM

Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy (back, active/PUP) is visiting a specialist in California.

Sweezy was expected to be ready for camp, but he has not seen the practice field during the first week and a half. It is possible he is visiting the specialist just to get cleared, but it is concerning he needs a consultation during what should be the latter stages of his recovery. Sweezy was signed to a five-year, $32.5-million contract in March to replace Logan Mankins at left guard.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 10:33:00 AM

Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy (back surgery) is beginning camp on the active/PUP list.

As is WR Louis Murphy (ACL). The Bucs previously refused to disclose what Sweezy's offseason operation was for, but he was expected to be ready for camp. Tampa's new left guard will probably be cleared to practice in the near future.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 04:03:00 PM

Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy is recovering from a "procedure," and will miss OTAs and minicamp.

Coach Dirk Koetter refused to disclose said procedure, opting instead for the #CompetitiveAdvantage. Sweezy was durable with the Seahawks, missing only two games over the past three years. He should be ready for training camp.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 03:05:00 PM

J.R. Sweezy will play left guard for the Bucs.

Sweezy was a right guard in Seattle, but the Bucs have a hole on the left side after Logan Mankins' retirement. "As far as I know, I will be playing left guard which I’m OK with," Sweezy said. "Being right-hand dominant, it was easier to start with the right, but now after playing it for four years and finally understanding and being comfortable with the position, I feel fully comfortable in being able to play left." A bigger name than talent, Sweezy will be a big step down from Mankins.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 10:18:00 PM

Buccaneers signed OG J.R. Sweezy, formerly of the Seahawks, to a five-year, $32.5 million contract.

Losing Sweezy, LB Bruce Irvin, and NT Brandon Mebane (so far), Seattle will be set up well in the compensatory draft pick process. Although Sweezy has a big name, he was a 16-game starter on one of the NFL's worst offensive lines last season, and graded out 69th among 82 qualifiers in PFF's guard grades. The 27-year-old (in April) will be tasked with replacing retired Logan Mankins.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 05:44:00 PM

The Baton Route Advocate adds the Saints to the list of teams "in the mix" for free agent OG J.R. Sweezy.

Either Sweezy has a talkative agent or he's generating a lot more interest than should be indicative of his 2015 on-field play. Turning 27 next month, Sweezy has been linked to Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, and the Jets. He's expected to command $6 million annually.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 11:54:00 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Falcons are "in the mix" for free agent OG J.R. Sweezy.

Atlanta is also chasing free agent C Alex Mack as they look to improve the interior of their offensive line. Sweezy is reportedly receiving interest from several other teams as well, including the Broncos, Jets, 49ers, Bucs and Jaguars. Atlanta should not overpay in a deep guard market.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 10:11:00 AM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports the Broncos are a "team to pay attention to" for free agent OG J.R. Sweezy.

The Broncos need guard help after releasing RG Louis Vasquez on Tuesday. Sweezy has had a surprisingly hot market leaked through the media and appears set to land $5-6 million per year despite having up-and-down seasons in Seattle. More than six teams have been connected to Sweezy.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 08:58:00 AM

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