Posts From Mark Cook

Bucs-Browns Final Injury Report

0 comments 📅October 31, 2014 5:19 pm

Tampa Bay and Cleveland released their final  injury report Friday afternoon.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
T Anthony Collins – Foot – Did Not Participate – Doubtful
WR Trindon Holliday – Hamstring – Did Not Participate – Out
C Evan Dietrich-Smith– Knee – Full Participation – Probable
WR Vincent Jackson –Rib – Full Participation – Probable
DE Michael Johnson – Hand – Limited Participation – Questionable
LB Brandon Magee – Knee – Did Not Participate – Out
RB Doug Martin – Ankle – Did Not Participate – Doubtful

Cleveland Browns
DT Desmond Bryant – Wrist – Full Participation – Probable
TE Jordan Cameron – Concussion– Did Not Participate – Out
DB Jim Leonard – Hamstring – Full Participation – Probable
LB Barkevious Mingo – Shoulder – Full Participation –Probable
DL Ahtyba Rubin – Ankle – Full Participation – Probable
WR Rodney Smith – Hamstring – Limited Participation – Questionable
DL Phil Taylor – Knee – Did Not Participate – Out
T Joe Thomas – Not Injury Related – Full Participation – Probable
DB K’Waun Williams – Shoulder/Neck – Full Participation – Probable
DL Billy Winn – Quad – Full Participation – Probable

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Week 9: Bucs Fantasy Football Preview – Sponsored By FanDuel

0 comments 📅October 31, 2014 12:28 am

The Buccaneers had a few fantasy contributors’ names brought up before the trade deadline on Tuesday. One of them was veteran receiver Vincent Jackson, who has been a disappointment for fantasy owners this year. Last week he killed his fantasy owners by putting up just 13 yards. He’s becoming very difficult for owners, who drafted him very high, to trust. He’s just a WR3 in the Buccaneers brutally bad offense.

On the other side of the offensive formation, rookie Mike Evans has actually been one of the Buccaneers most consistent producers as far as fantasy is concerned. He hasn’t scored less than seven points since week four and has 42 targets through 8 games. He can be started as a WR3 if there aren’t any better options on your team.

Doug Martin was brought up in rumors as the trade deadline neared on Tuesday but the team ended up holding onto the third-year runner. Martin has put up horrible numbers through seven games this season. He has rushed for just 166 yards on 58 carries. On top of that, he suffered an ankle injury against the Vikings and was seen in a walking boot.

Much of the reason Martin was thought to be expendable is because of the return of rookie tailback Charles Sims. The West Virginia product will be returning soon from his injured reserve and is expected to have a significant role when he’s back in the lineup. If Charles Sims is active for the team’s week 9 matchup against the Browns he’ll likely be eased back into action, splitting touches with Bobby Rainey. Look for Sims to become the team’s lead back soon.

Quarterback Mike Glennon had a really bad game last week against the Vikings and this week he gets the Cleveland Browns on the road. He’s only a fantasy option as a bye week fill-in. Glennon has 1,157 yards, 8 touchdowns and four interceptions so far this year.

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Week 8: Bucs Fantasy Football Recap – Sponsored By FanDuel

0 comments 📅October 31, 2014 12:25 am

Mike Glennon and the Buccaneers had a rough outing at home against the Minnesota Vikings. Glennon threw for just 171 yards, one touchdown and one interception. It was the weakest game of the year for Glennon, which is disappointing considering the Buccaneers were coming off their bye week. Glennon isn’t worth much as far as fantasy is concerned. He’s just a bye-week filler for owners that are in need of a fill-in quarterback.

Wide receiver Mike Evans outperformed his running mate Vincent Jackson against Minnesota. Evans totaled four catches for 78 yards. The rookie is quietly becoming a nice WR3 for fantasy purposes. He hasn’t scored less than seven points since week four and has 42 targets through 8 games.

Jackson had an abysmal day for fantasy owners, totaling just one catch for 13 yards on five targets. Halfway through the season, Jackson has just 357 yards and two touchdowns to show. The dysfunctional Buccaneers offense hasn’t helped his cause, but it’s been a disappointing year for Jackson.

Running back Doug Martin has been one of the most disappointing players in all of fantasy football through 8 weeks of the NFL season. He has recorded just 58 carries for 166 yards and one touchdown through seven games. With rookie Charles Sims coming off of injured reserve soon and Bobby Rainey performing decently in limited action, it could be rough sledding for Martin for the rest of the year.

Before fumbling the ball in overtime, a bright spot in the Buccaneers offense was Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who recorded his first NFL touchdown. It was Seferian-Jenkins’ second week with more than 5.8 fantasy points, so the arrow is trending upward.

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Arroyo Agrees Bucs Should Have Been Better Coming Off Of The Bye Week

4 comments 📅October 29, 2014 3:37 pm

After an extra week to prepare for the Minnesota Vikings, many would have assumed the Buccaneers were primed to have a solid game offensively last Sunday.  To say the Buccaneers had trouble moving the football through the first three quarters would be an understatement, as Tampa Bay managed just 97 yards of offense before the fourth quarter.

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On Wednesday, PewterReport.com asked offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo if he expected better success with having an extra week to get ready for Minnesota.

“Well I think we’d hope so,” Arroyo said. “We’re all obviously disappointed in the lack of production early on. That’s something that’s been a little bit hamstrung with us right now and we have to solve that issue. We have to be more productive early on. With a two-week layoff, you would hope that you would come out and start a little faster than that, not go down and do some of the things we did and hurt ourselves. That’s not where you want to be.

“Angry, frustrated, all those things, we’re just disappointed and we have to find away to correct it. This is another opportunity today to get out there and try to figure out a way to start faster.”

PewterReport.com followed the question up by asking what he saw on tape as the issues, whether it be protection issues, quarterback play or penalties that doomed the offense.

“It’s kind of gone that way this season; it’s always taking turns,” Arroyo said. “If we could pinpoint it, it would be a lot easier. If there was a quick fix than it would probably be a lot easier. Unfortunately it’s not, we’re all taking our turns. We have to find a way to gel a little bit so that we’re not doing that. Whether it’s miscommunication on the first drive or penalties, it’s the same thing. Whatever it is that puts us behind the sticks in those situations, we need to get through that, manage that and we’re going to continue to do that.”

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(PODCAST) Reynolds Talks Bucs Trades And Future On 98.7 The Fan

0 comments 📅October 29, 2014 1:30 pm

Scott Reynolds joined Fan Interference to recap the Bucs and where they stand after yesterday’s trade deadline. One of the guys who were traded away was Mark Barron. Reynolds says that players like Barron, that come from great programs like Alabama, can become exposed when they are out of the structure of playing with a handful of other All-Americans.

Reynolds also went on to discuss the runBucs SS Mark Barron was traded on Tuesday - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PRning back situation and the return of Charles Sims this week in Cleveland.

To hear the full interview, click here.

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Bucs Bring Back Kafka; Add WR King to Practice Squad

0 comments 📅October 29, 2014 12:14 pm

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have signed quarterback Mike Kafka and wide receiver Tavarres King to the practice squad.

Kafka (6-3, 225) spent the past four weeks on Tampa Bay’s active roster before being waived on Monday. He played with the Buccaneers during the preseason and spent the first three weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad.

King (6-1, 210) originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (161st overall) of the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft. King spent the first six weeks of the season on the Broncos’ practice squad, before getting promoted to the active roster on October 15. He was waived on October 19 and was claimed by the Carolina Panthers, spending the remainder of the season on the Panthers’ active roster, where he was inactive for 10 games.

King – who played collegiately at Georgia – spent the 2014 offseason and preseason with Carolina and was signed to the team’s practice squad prior to the start of the regular season. After two weeks, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed him to their active roster, where he was inactive for five games before being waived on October 25.

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Smith Not Planning A Bucs QB Change

8 comments 📅October 27, 2014 5:05 pm

After two quarters on Sunday the Bucs offense was playing at 1976 expansion levels. Tampa Bay actually had more penalty yards than passing yards, as quarterback Mike Glennon was a paltry 6-of-12 for 31 yards through the air. Many were wondering if Josh McCown would start the second half, but the coaching staff stuck with Glennon who improved somewhat, and had the Buccaneers in position to win the with two minutes left in the game.

On Monday, Smith was asked if he is contemplating a quarterback change after the up-and-down performance by Glennon on Sunday.

“We stand exactly where we stood last week,” Smith said. “We have two quarterbacks we feel good about playing. Josh was able to go through practice last week. We start practice again Wednesday like we always do. I never go over starting lineups or anything like that until the end of the week. If we were going to make a change, I wouldn’t talk about it an awful lot. The plan isn’t for that.

“I thought Mike did some good things yesterday. You’ll always like to have a couple of plays back. But the first thing I thought about as far as improving our ball club wasn’t, ‘ God, we have to make a change at the quarterback position.’

Smith was then asked if having more mobility with McCown might help the offense.

“Being able to run the ball will help our offense,” Smith said. “The one game that we won, we had the same guy in the pocket, for the most part, the same offensive line. I’m going to go back, we were one play away yesterday, one defensive stop late, one interception, one play earlier and we have a win. So we’re close, that’s what I’m saying. So to make drastic changes – we’re not. We didn’t start fast yesterday on either side of the football but we hung in there. We consider all things. We haven’t started the game plan for the Cleveland Brown yet, we’re just kind of cleaning up the video from the last game right now.”

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Collins Says Vikings Front Four Was As Good As Advertised

2 comments 📅October 26, 2014 5:31 pm

The Bucs locker room following Sunday’s latest loss was like a funeral home. Shock, disbelief, and even some anger were all felt as the players got undressed and showered and then spoke to the media. 30 minutes after the locker room opened, starting left tackle Anthony Collins was still draped in a towel, rocking back in forth in a chair sitting in front of his locker.

PewterReport.com asked a very soff-spoken Collins if the Vikings defensive line was even better than advertised.

“They are good man,” Collins said. “Their front four is good. They are young and they are going to be good for years to come. (Everson) Griffin is legit. I kind of killed myself today, in the first quarter, then I had to adjust – you have to make adjustments. That is part of football. I adjusted and it went well. They get paid for a reason.”

Collins talked about his expectations when the Buccaneers won the toss in overtime and their offense took the field needing a touchdown to win it.

“No doubt about it, you put the ball in the offenses hands, we have to do something with it, Collins said. “They came with a great game plan.”

Collins, who was visibly in tears following the loss to the Rams in Week 2 was asked where this one ranked among the six Bucs losses this season.

“All of them hurt the same,” Collins said. “When you lose, all of them hurt the same.”

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Bucs And Vikings Open Game Day Thread

3 comments 📅October 26, 2014 9:33 am

Let your voice be heard during Sunday’s Bucs and Vikings contest that begins at 1 p.m. today. Good, bad or indifferent, we want to hear what you have to say about today’s game. PewterReport.com will be chiming in from time to time also, sharing our thoughts and observations.

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(VIDEO)PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook Joins The Pewter Panel To Talk Bucs

0 comments 📅October 25, 2014 11:59 am

Pewter Report’s Mark Cook joined the weekly Pewter Panel segment on Buccaneers.com to discuss the state of the team and the upcoming matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. Some of the topics in the four-part series include the play of Mike Glennon and Josh McCown, the return of Charles Sims and Tampa Bay’s chances of getting back in the NFC South playoff race.

To view the Pewter Panel with Cook, Scott Smith, T.J. Rives and WFLA’s Dan Lucas, click here.

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