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Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com

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    Well Buc Fans this is George Hicks I think this bucs team could ba a special group of men, and I believe Tampa bay could get back in respect and win more games then the past year. I have already putting together my list of potential prospects for the positions for 2017 Nfl Draft for the Bucs. One Thing Tampa needs more of at least 1 safety and an Edge rusher for the first two picks in not that order.Go Bucs

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      I was thinking we need to draft another WR in the top rounds. Jackson’s career is in the twilight and we could use another weapon for Winston.

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    The competition at wide receiver will be interesting to watch at Training Camp practices. In my view a Special Teams player needs to first make the team at his position and only if two or more candidates are equal, the better Special Teams player might win out. Yes, Russell Shepard (known as Streeter to Owlykat) is a good gunner, but as a WR he’s an afterthought. Injuries will affect the selection of the final 5 or 6, but I think Shepard’s time here is nearing the end.

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      It’s nice when that can work out that way and go well, but excellent special teamers really aren’t that easy to come by. And if you cut a Russell Shepard, then you’re probably forced to keep another guy on that would have been cut otherwise at another position. Your options with special teamers are really pretty limited. Generally speaking, those units are comprised of LBs, WRs, and CBs. None of the receivers who are most likely to make the roster – Evans, VJ, Humphries, or Bell – are going to be assets in special teams coverage. The CB group is short on special teamers, too. We’ve got some among our linebackers, but no gunners like Shepard. So if it’s not him, then it’s got to be someone else. I’d rather just keep the guy who we have and is already really good at the job.

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    As a graduate of The College of William & Mary myself, now I’ll be watching Luke Rhodes more in the run up to the season. W&M has traditionally not seen many players get drafted and also not many see NFL action. It’s more of an academic school than athletic. I don’t follow the college scene in general and have never really followed the Tribe’s Football team very closely. But I’m always an instant fan of a W&M player. Good luck Luke.

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