PewterReport.com began a new offseason feature recently, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered by the PR staff. Today, Mark Cook answers five questions taken from Twitter submissions using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Each week one of the questions used will earn the person who asked it a PewterReport.com T-shirt.
Question 1. PaulBlight17 asks, how much does our tough schedule factor into expectations for this year? Folks have tossed around playoffs.
Answer: The one thing about the NFL schedule is, it looks and ends up being a lot different by the end of the season after all the factor have play out. For instance, I’m not sure many people expected Cowboys to be as bad as they ended up being after Tony Romo went down with an injury. On the flip side of that, the Redskins win the division. How many people predicted that before last season got under way? Injuries, luck, a bad bounce here or there, and the next thing you know a team is spiraling out of control or perhaps the opposite. I agree on paper, in March, the Bucs schedule looks pretty tough. Denver, Oakland, Seattle at home are all tough games, and Kansas City, San Diego, even Dallas on the road, won’t be easy games. But as mentioned, so many factors come into play, and no one can predict how things will go or what will happen to a team’s makeup between now and when the game is played.
Question 2. ARuth4 asks, what are the chances the Bucs consider drafting Roberto Aguayo?
Answer: I really would be surprised to be honest. Some mocks have him going in the early rounds and I just don’t think the Bucs can afford the luxury of taking a kicker any earlier than the last couple rounds. It isn’t completely out of the question, but I would still be surprised. From what we have gathered, the Bucs still are high on Patrick Murray and weren’t disappointed in the job Connor Barth did last season. There are just too many other areas of the team that need to be addressed more so than kicker in my opinion.
Question 3. Kaymbee asks Will the press have access to the Bucs at the upcoming voluntary OTAs?
Answer: Yes as a matter a fact we just received the schedule on Monday of all of our media access from now until the last mini-camp in June. You can count on PewterReport.com to have full coverage and be at every offseason conditioning day, OTA along with all of the mini-camps. Our first access will be Monday April 11 for the teams off season conditioning program.
Question 4. NoleRance asks Do you think the realistic targets for the Bucs at 9 are Rankins, Stanley, Buckner, Lawson and Coleman?
Answer: Absolutely I believe Rankins is a possibility along with Stanley if he falls. We have had Rankins is our last two mocks. Bucker most likely will be gone at that point, but you never know with the draft if someone begins to fall for whatever reason. Personally I love Buckner and think he will go on to have an excellent NFL career, especially if he takes well to the coaching he will get in the league. I love his versatility, playing multiple positions at Oregon, but Rankins also has some flexibility as well. Both guys are excellent pro prospects, but I am just not sure Buckner is available by the time the Bucs pick. Shaq Lawson would be a reach to me at No. 9 overall. If the Bucs end up moving down, say with a team like Detroit, then at No. 16 I could see it, but I don’t think they take a chance with the ninth overall.
Question 5. AlphaTweetomega asks, isn’t it a little ridiculous that we signed Sweezy to a deal worth almost the same money as Doug? A premier RB?
Answer: On paper, just looking at it, maybe. But free agency is all about supply and demand and what teams feel are the most important pieces they need moving forward. It wasn’t like Tampa Bay was the only team in the running for Sweezy, including the Seahawks who wanted him back. Sources told us the Bucs were up against multiple teams for Sweezy, and perhaps the price got bumped a little, but it is in the Logan Mankins range, and the team loves the idea of pairing him with Marpet to solidify the middle of the Bucs offensive line. They feel they have two road grader type run blockers who are both good in pass coverage with still room to get better.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
Well today is match28th 2016. a month away. The way yhe Veterans Free Agents went. I think Tampa is in a great position to select great players in each rounds. Look at our last sevearl mock drafts. They will be hits and misses. There are a lot of sleepers in this year drafts.Looked at the teams that got caught Tampering Like NE, Kc in 3rd Rd!, Atlanta lost a draft choice also. So I believe Tampa can select players in round or trade up or down in Rd-1 ,2 and Rd-3. Tampa can even have a better draft this year then last year.Tampa could have mult picks in rd-2 and rd-3. We shall see-Go Bucs
What is the chance they take the pass rusher out of Georgia floyd at 9
I don’t have anything against Rankins. but so far PR has the DT being drafted by the Bucs much higher than the NFL Network that has him at a very low 1st round pick or early second round pick.
Whoever they grab, I hope it’s on the DL. We need to get to the QB and knock him around like the Broncos did to Newton.
Exactly drdneast. Pressure is the cure all for a defense.
Thanks Mark. As to your short Twitter questions, which I hate, at least it gives some of us the opportunity to kick the can some more about them. Q1; schedule doesn’t mean squat except for the coaches pre preoporations. Q2;We’re not going to wast a 3rd or 4th round pick on him when we need DE, afety,CB,TE,OL,Wr,LB,RB help Notice no mention of DT? Q3;Please provide us the schedule since it was important enough to ask and answer. Q4; So far PR is it placing Rankins anywhere near the Top 10 Picks. My question is did a birdie tell you about it? Q5; Of course it’s worth it if he pans out which I believe he will. Any good OL is worth much more than a RB in today’s NFL. We overpaid for Martin, but we had the money to waste anyway. Go Bucs! I hate Twitter!
Still not a fan of twitter chat and to few questions.
Sorry about the grammer, I forgot to check what I typed
I for one wouldn’t mind spending a 3rd round pick on a kicker as long as it’s Aguayo. The most accurate kicker in the history of Div-I football is worth it since to me the kicker is the 2nd most important position on the team. Our kicking game has cost us at least one game every year since we won the Super Bowl. I’d love to not have to worry about that position for another 15 years. Can any other 3rd round pick in this draft class make that claim?
Especially if they pick up an extra 3rd with a possible Glennon trade…
Great point Pink. Especially considering the extra point move back is permanent.
I also agree, pinkstob. I thought we had the kicker issue settled last year with Bridza, until he imploded. Tampa will be in a lot of close games. So a reliable kicker is essential. Ask the Colts/Patriots about Vinatieri. Ask the Patriots about Gostkowski.
Martin Grammatica was a third rounder. He made a difference of about two additional wins a season. Not saying a kicker should be at three, but…
I’d be happy to use that 3rd round pick somewhere else and bring back Murray. He had a good rookie season- 2 of the ‘missed’ FGs were basically people coming thru unblocked at the line of scrimmage. Plus,he can tackle if need be
Murray is back on the roster Wilt.
there’s no guarantee that a very successful college career automatically transfers into a great NFL career. I hear you Pink, but we have other needs. many a field goal kicker bites the dust in the NFL. Very few ever put in more than a few years.
Martin Grammatica did a great job until the Bucs ruined his leg trying to lengthen his kickoffs
If you remember something effected his kicking and not about to say what it was on a web site just. Think what else was going on with him.
I am with you Mark on taking Rankins if he is there as the 9th pick. With Rankins as our first pick and in tandem with McCoy will give us plenty of QB pressures and sacks from the inside and then we already have big DEs who can stop the runs outside and tackle the QB when he is flushed out of the pocket.
We already have some decent speed rushers in Smith and Jones who could play outside LBs in our DC’s three four with Rankins at nose and our big DEs on the outside, so we could wait to the third round or so for a promising DE for our Defensive Line Coach to groom. Get Neal in the second round for a punishing Safety who has the speed to cover deep and also can come up in the box and is a great tackler. Trade Glennon for a second round pick and use it on a fast WR with good hands and durable to take Jax’s place when he retires. Use Grimes on the number 1 receiver and Verner on number 2. Draft a FB with the fourth pick! Use fast and experienced Tandy who played CB at WVa to back them up if needed. Can you just imagine having both Alexander and our All Pro WLB as our inside LB’s with Smith and Jones as our OLBs in the three four described above when our opponent is facing us on third down and long and we blitz our inside backers and pinch inside with our big DE’s and loop Smith and Jones around the outside of their tackles and Rankins splits their double team and is also coming right up the middle. Grimes and Verner first push their receivers off their routes inside five yards and blankets them thereafter. I can see a lot of three and outs against that alignment and give us shorter fields for our potent offense to score and more time for our running game to wear down their DL.
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