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J.R. Sweezy | Guard | #73

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/8/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 298
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 7 (225) / SEA
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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. Aug 30 - 5:46 PM

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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.
Aug 13 - 12:42 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.
Aug 13 - 11:49 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.
Aug 9 - 3:44 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.
Aug 9 - 10:33 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.
Jul 26 - 4:03 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.
Apr 26 - 3:05 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.
Mar 11 - 10:18 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.
Mar 9 - 5:44 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.
Mar 9 - 11:54 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.
Mar 9 - 10:11 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.
Mar 9 - 8:58 AM

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline reports the Jets are "in the mix" for free agent OG J.R. Sweezy.

Despite a sub-par 2015 season, Sweezy is generating a lot of buzz during the legal-tampering period. He's been linked to the Bucs, Jaguars, 49ers, and now the Jets. Sweezy is expected to command around $6 million per season. Sweezy flashes in the run game but was a major pass-protection liability in Seattle.
Mar 8 - 6:15 PM

The 49ers are expected to be "in the mix" for free agent OG J.R. Sweezy.

49ers GM Trent Baalke's utter inability to successfully draft offensive linemen has put San Francisco in position to overpay for a replacement-level guard like Sweezy. Sweezy has also been connected to the Buccaneers and Jaguars.
Mar 8 - 11:42 AM

The Tampa Bay Times reports free agent OG J.R. Sweezy "has drawn attention" from the Bucs and Jaguars.

Both clubs have a ton of cap space, and bad NFL teams tend to have an affinity for free agents from good teams. Sweezy was a league-average starter at best for the Seahawks, but he appears destined to get overpaid. Sweezy has a connection in Jacksonville, where Gus Bradley landed after leaving Seattle.
Mar 7 - 8:23 PM

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3RB1Charles Sims
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FB1Alan Cross
WR11Mike Evans
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2Adam Humphries
3Cecil Shorts
WR31Adam Humphries
TE1Cameron Brate
2Luke Stocker
3Brandon Myers
LT1Donovan Smith
2Leonard Wester
LG1Kevin Pamphile
2J.R. Sweezy
C1Joe Hawley
2Evan Dietrich-Smith
RG1Ali Marpet
2Caleb Benenoch
RT1Demar Dotson
2Gosder Cherilus
K1Roberto Aguayo