The Jacksonville Jaguars missed out on another free agent target as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed interior offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy on Wednesday afternoon, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. There were rumored to be about a dozen teams on the trail of the former Seattle Seahawks right guard, but the Buccaneers ended up landing him to bolster to a position of need.
#Bucs agreed to terms with G J.R. Sweezy— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) March 9, 2016
Here is Danny Kelly's take on Sweezy, from Field Gulls:
He's tough, reliable, and plays a very physical brand of football. Much better in the run game than in the passing game -- he's good at finding and targeting people on the second level in the run game but too often gets worked in pass protection. Has been a starter for three years but there's not much evidence that he's improved greatly during those three years, which is concerning because he actually made the switch from the defensive line to the offensive line out of college. You'd think he'd gradually show improvement as he learns the offensive side of the ball but it seems like there's a bit of a plateau there. That said, he's been healthy mostly the past three years (reliable), is still young, is very athletic, and plays nasty. I'm sure teams will like this, and I'm guessing that's why he's getting a lot of interest. Fits in the zone-blocking scheme because of his athleticism.
Turning 27 in April, Sweezy seemed at the right age to take that next step in his play, if it's going to happen.