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A unit that was plagued by injury and inconsistent play throughout the entire 2013 season, the Bucs' offensive line has gone through quite a rebuilding process this offseason.
This year's group should feature at least two new starters, one each at left tackle and center, with the potential for a third at left guard.
Gone is veteran left tackle Donald Penn, replaced by free agent Anthony Collins. The 28-year-old former Cincinnati Bengal was signed to a five-year, $30 million deal, giving the Bucs a younger, cheaper blindside protector for Josh McCown.
The most consistent performer on last year's unit, Demar Dotson returns as the starter on the right side. Only two right tackles in the league graded higher than Dotson according to Pro Football Focus, and he's a bargain for the Bucs at his base salary of $2 million.
Behind those two, things look pretty thin at tackle. Jace Daniels returns after spending most of 2013 on the practice squad, but he could be pushed out of a roster spot by two new additions. Tampa Bay traded back up into fifth round to grab Purdue's Kevin Pamphile, so they obviously like him enough to see him develop, and don't be shocked if undrafted free agent Matt Patchan makes the the cut if he can avoid injury.
At guard, Carl Nicks is confident he'll be healthy enough to return for training camp, where he would be plugged back in as the starter on the left side. Jamon Meredith was re-signed in the offseason, and he should lock down the starting spot at right guard.
With Nicks' durability still a huge question mark, depth at guard will be extremely important. Patrick Omameh took most of the first-team reps during last month's minicamp in Nicks' absence, and the new coaching staff seems to like what they've seen from him so far.
The Bucs grabbed a raw talent in Kadeem Edwards with one of their fifth-round picks in this year's draft. He will need time to develop. Another new face, free-agent acquisition Oniel Cousins, started four games for the Cleveland Browns last season and appeared in all 16 games.
The odd men out at guard look to be second-year man Jason Foster and undrafted free agent Andrew Miller.
Evan Dietrich-Smith will be the Bucs' new starting center, replacing Jeremy Zuttah, who was traded to the Baltimore Ravens. Undrafted free agent Josh Allen is the only other center currently on the roster, so his chances of making the team are as good as any other UDFA on the roster.