The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are desperate for guard help after awful displays by Oniel Cousins and Jamon Meredith, though they really had to see it coming with Cousins, who was just downright awful during his time as a starter for the Cleveland Browns. In their search for a guard, they decided to give headcase Richie Incognito a close look on a visit. Incognito is a capable starter at guard who would be a big upgrade for the Buccaneers, and there are a decent number of other teams interested in his services. That said, there’s still plenty of concern that Incognito could cause some more locker room disturbances, since his disgusting antics with the Miami Dolphins weren’t exactly an isolated incident.
But despite these concerns, rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who has impressed the Bucs staff big-time so far, seems to have formed a friendship with Incognito. 620 WDAE’s Tom Krasniqi tweets that ASJ worked out with Incognito during the offseason, and he stated that the maligned offensive lineman is “funny, outgoing, and kind”.
Here are my takeaways from this statement:
1. Hearing the “kind” part is good, because the “funny” and “outgoing” don’t really mean much in the context of Incognito’s situation.
2. Not everyone, especially players on the Dolphins, despises Incognito, so it isn’t uncommon for him to form friendships or even receive praise. It’s a far more nuanced situation than simply stating “Incognito is all bad”.
3. This doesn’t mean Incognito won’t cause trouble or isn’t a bad person who did awful things during his time with the Dolphins, but it also indicates that he probably wouldn’t turn the locker room into turmoil either.