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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 mark@pewterreport.com

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    pinkstob

    Good. Like I said in a previous story I hoped he would take the starting job by the horns. For those hoping ASJ has the job by Week 1 I think he still has a chance because I didn’t really see Brate lighting the world on fire in training camp except for Monday, it’s just that Brate is seeing a lot of targets whether he’s running with the 1st or 2nd team. It’s just that ASJ hasn’t outperformed Brate on the field up to this point.

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    georgehicks

    Iam glad he is running with team one.There are 90 players in Camp is this TE that was not living up to his billing trade him off for a draft pick in 2017-Go Bucs

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    Horse

    Like I said before Brate, Stocker, ASJ will play a lot this season. I don’t believe it makes much different who is classified the started. Go Bucs!

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    chetthevette

    Glad to hear ASJ has competition. Might open his eyes up. I still think he is #1 when it’s all said and done. We have a lot of talent at TE, now they just have to get after it. GO BUCS

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    Xpfcwintergreen

    It won’t bother me if Brate is the starter on September 11th.
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    I am not ready to jettison ASJ yet. Some people blossom right away (like Kwon Alexander). Some take a little time to mature either as athletes or as persons or both. The guy has tons of talent if he can pull it together. We will definitely know by the end of this season.
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    Stocker took some time to show his worth also. I am looking forward to the first three preseason games to see how the TE situation shakes out.
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    Go Bucs!!!

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    hamilton

    asj will be the starter when the season start.

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    fredster

    Not surprising Brate is ahead right now. ASJ has all the talent, but ability to stay healthy and his maturity/attitude has been a big problem. Will see what happens. Obviously we are better off if he gets it together and starts over Brate, but I’m not sold and I guess Koetter isn’t either.

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    russmillerwy

    If you could take Brate’s brain and attitude and put that in ASJ’s body, you’d have the next Gronkowski. Unfortunately we’re likely to have a couple of average tight ends this season. The Bucs will use a lot of two tight end sets, so we’ll get to compare them all the time. Not too worried about who gets to be the “starter.” More concerned that ASJ might not be able to adapt to Koetter’s expectations. ASJ has had several bonehead moments in the spotlight. You’d think that would keep him sober, humble, and want to do whatever it takes to be a real pro football player, but not all players have that kind of maturity in them.

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    scubog

    Dirk is just turning up the heat on ASJ. Long time for roster fluctuation. He sees the obvious talent and merely wants him to be accountable and do the things necessary to develop into the star he could become. It’s up to the youngster to conduct himself as a professional and approach the game the way the great ones do. If not, #87 could just suffer the indignity of losing his job to an undrafted free agent who was more willing to devote himself. Nice to see Coach making everyone attain success the old fashioned way, by “earning it.”

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    surferdudes

    What I think is great is Koetter as a first time H.C., has the balls to to put an undrafted F.A. ahead of a second round pick. Even better, Licht who drafted AJS isn’t making his coach play that pick. Licht get’s the talent, but let’s his coach play who he thinks is better. That let’s all 90 guys know you do the work, and perform better doesn’t matter where you’re picked, or how much money you make Koetter’s will play you. J.R. Sweezy you watching?

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    Xpfcwintergreen

    Well said, Suferdudes!
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    More thoughts on the ASJ situation:
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    Ian Beckles (formerly on WDAE’s 620 radio) was all over Gerald McCoy for his performance during his first 3 years or so in the league. This was partly because Gerald was a first round pick and partly, I believe, because Ian himself had been a defensive lineman in the NFL. Apparently with Gerald there was no character issues only athletic issues. He had a spate of injuries during a period of instability with Buccaneers organization itself. Even this year he is having to learn another defensive scheme.
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    Meanwhile Gerald was working hard behind the scenes. He sought out guidance and honed his skills wherever he could. When Warren Sapp (Always a Buc!) offered his help Gerald took him up on his offer. He listened and learned and continued to work. Now he is considered the best at his position by many in the NFL. So all is not always as it may appear to be.
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    My point? ASJ still has time to reach his potential with the Buccaneers. Fortunately, I see no signs that our current regime has given up on him yet.
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    Some our fans have short memories and short attention spans.
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    Go Bucs!!!!

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