Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired some reinforcements on the offensive line forward of Monday night time’s NFC wild-card matchup in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Buccaneers activated middle Ryan Jensen from the injured reserved forward of the sport. Jensen had missed the complete common season with a extreme knee harm, which he suffered on the second day of coaching camp. Not having a veteran like Jensen hampered the Buccaneers’ offense all season.
Whereas Brady performed properly within the 2022 common season, the crew nonetheless completed 8-9. Tampa Bay someway managed to win the NFC South and get a playoff recreation after the entire ups and downs.
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Brady talked about Jensen’s return within the newest episode of the “Let’s Go!” podcast.
“It was an enormous blow to us in coaching camp when he acquired injured, and we thought he could be out the complete season, and he was out the complete common season,” Brady instructed sportscaster Jim Grey. “But it surely seems he discovered his manner again for this recreation. And it is a massive enhance for us as a result of he is acquired an awesome angle and he is an extremely proficient participant and he provides an enormous presence to the center of our offensive line.
“And his toughness and his angle is unmatched. And [Robert] Hainsey did an awesome job stepping in for him all 12 months. I do not know who’s going to finally play the majority of the sport, you realize, clearly we hope Ryan can go the entire recreation. Who is aware of? I do not know what is going on to occur. However, you realize, Hainsey is there able to go, too, so we’re in a superb place on the middle place, which has been a problem for us all 12 months.”
Tampa Bay beat Dallas, 19-3, initially of the season, however Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott acquired harm in that recreation.
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Brady stated he didn’t assume the Week 1 consequence meant something so far as Monday night time’s recreation goes.
“I feel our protection clearly performed nice, giving up three factors in opposition to Dallas’s offense, and so they’re very proficient,” the celebrity quarterback stated. “They’ve acquired a very good coordinator. They’ve put themselves in good positions. Dak’s a hell of a quarterback. They have good operating backs, [Tony] Pollard and Zeke [Elliott], good receivers, a superb line. They have been beat up a little bit bit on their o-line, however, you realize, I’ve acquired their protection to cope with.”
“Micah Parsons is a hell of a participant. [DeMarcus] Lawrence is a superb participant. [Leighton] Vander Esch is an effective participant. They acquired Trevon Diggs within the secondary. They’re very proficient. They make performs. In the event you mess up, these guys take benefit. And I feel the vital half for us is to play actually sound soccer. We have all the time stated you may’t win ‘til you may preserve from shedding. That is so evident in playoff soccer. , how can we simply play a superb stable, clear recreation, make the performs which can be there, punt if we have to, you realize, if we acquired to accept a discipline objective, that is OK. However this can be a crew that we anticipate to play their finest soccer, too. So, it may be a hard-nosed, robust recreation, and I actually hope that we make sufficient performs to return out forward.”
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Tampa Bay completed fifteenth in yards gained and twenty fifth in factors scored in the course of the season.