This time, Bucs' adjusted offensive line holds firm
Forced to alter their offensive line for the second straight week while guard Ali Marpet remains sidelined, the Bucs found stability instead of a sequel up front. A week after allowing Tom Brady to get hit nine times in a 38-3 loss to the Saints, the re-tweaked unit kept Brady mostly upright in Sunday’s 46-23 triumph over the Panthers.

Veteran A.Q. Shipley, who signed with the Bucs in September, played center while normal center Ryan Jensen slid to Marpet's spot at left guard. Brady was hit seven times but sacked only once. Jensen, left tackle Donovan Smith and tight end Cameron Brate combined to create a gaping hole on the left side that sprung Ronald Jones for his record-setting 98-yard touchdown run in the third quarter "They did a great job," Brady said.

Said coach Bruce Arians: "You're talking about two grizzly old veterans who are really pro football players. I've got all the confidence in Q (Shipley), and Ryan did a great job. ... He loves being a center, but that was a great combination for us this week, and I thought they really played well."

Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times, published 16 November 2020