Bucs heart Ryan Jensen is among the hardest offensive lineman within the league. That toughness was highlighted in final 12 months’s playoffs. Jensen injured his ankle in the course of the Bucs’ win over the Eagles within the Wild Card Spherical. Grimacing in ache, the Professional Bowl heart limped off the sphere. He then spent the defensive sequence within the blue medical tent earlier than returning and gutting out the remainder of the sport. He performed once more the subsequent week when Tampa Bay hosted the Rams within the NFC Divisional Spherical.
As if anybody wanted additional proof of Jensen’s capacity to deal with ache, one other instance emerged in a latest tweet from former Bucs staff writer and present editor at The Draft Community Carmen Vitali.
At @OLMasterminds Bucs C Ryan Jensen tells the story of how he tore his hip flexor 3/4 of the best way by way of in Week 5 final season vs. MIA. TB had a Thurs.evening sport @ PHI that week. Jensen went to Brady saying he didn’t suppose he’d be capable to play.
Tom stated: “The f*ck you’re not.”
— Carmen Vitali (@CarmieV) July 8, 2022
Vitali is attending the annual Offensive Line Mastermind Summit in Texas. Every year, offensive linemen from across the league collect to take recommendation from corridor of famers and share their experiences and information. And it was at this summit that Vitali realized and shared one other story that solely provides to Jensen’s repute. He tore his hip flexor in final 12 months’s Week 5 sport in opposition to the Dolphins, however didn’t miss the subsequent sport.
With a Thursday Evening Soccer matchup in opposition to the Eagles simply 4 days out, Jensen approached quarterback Tom Brady to alerting him of his unsure standing for the sport. Brady reportedly wasn’t having that and linked Jensen up along with his TB12 coach Alex Guerrero. Not solely was Jensen capable of play in opposition to Philadelphia, however he had one among his finest video games of the season.
When Brady determined to unretire in March, one among his first calls was to Jensen. It didn’t take lengthy for the seven-year veteran to re-sign with the Bucs. Signing a three-year, $39 million deal, Jensen returns because the Bucs’ beginning heart. He’ll have two new faces subsequent to him as he seems to construct off of a Professional Bowl season.