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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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    Kwon Alexander is from a small school? I definitely like the idea of converting him to safety. I was hoping for Deon Bush, but if he can make the switch, more power to him!

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      kwon was the gem, Marpet was the small school stand out…

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        Yep… correct! Where’s that second cup of coffee?

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      When is lsu a small school

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        Two separate statements. The article did not read “small school standouts.” It read “small school standout” and “4th round gem”.

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    Didnt Kwon go to LSU?

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      Two separate statements. The article did not read “small school standouts.” It read “small school standout” and “4th round gem”.

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    Well with Conte and Mcdougald that’s not a far fetched statement

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      Conte’s best football is ahead of him.

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        ^hilarious, I guess it could only get better

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    Two of Tampa Bay’s best selections in 2015 were a small-school standout in second-rounder Ali Marpet, and a fourth-round gem in Kwon Alexander.

    Ambiguous for sure but correctly said! Re-read and focus on the word “a” expressed in the singular when referring to Ali Marpet and the word standout, not standouts.

    I know, I know, just what the world needs – another smart a$$. lol.

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      Just rubbin’ it in, Mac!

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        I think mac was aiming that one at TAMPA23. Mac, that’s why they don’t send Donkeys to school:)

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    i cant wait for the rookie mini camp to see the new additions on the field

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      We have the longest most painful part of the offseason right now. It just hurts as I’m not a baseball fan.

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        Watch hockey then,Go Bolts.

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        We have a baseball team here??? Oh yeah…that cheap miss managed AAA team across the pond. Stick to the Buc’s or Lightning.

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    I am intrigued by Smith and can’t wait to see what he does. Go Bucs!!!!

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    Watched some of his highlights and I like his aggressiveness. He’s clearly a willing tackler with those numbers as well. And with the perceived “talent” we have at safety, I could see him starting by the end of the year. Another small school hopeful meat head might have plucked out.

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      He needs to add about 10 – 12 lbs to play safety in the pros.

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        76Buc, no he really doesn’t. Devin McCourty is 195 pounds. Rodney McLeod is 183 pounds, lighter than Smith. Kurt Coleman is 195 pounds. Marcus Gilchrist is 193. All of those guys are free safeties, and all are very, very good. We may ask Smith to try to put on a few pounds, but since we drafted him loving his speed, my guess is we won’t want to mess with his build in any way that could affect that. His weight is fine as is.

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    That would be something if we could get another powerhouse like Kwon in the 4th round this season.
    It would make my year for this kid to show up the Falcons #1 pick in Neal. Don’t get me wrong, Neal should be a fine player, it’s just too bad it’s on such a crummy team. The ore I read about Smith, the more I like him. Can’t wait for training camp to start.

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    We need upgrades to our starters at both safety and CB so anywhere he can be of help I’ll take it.

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    He seems to be a tad light to play at safety so I hope he can put on another 10 to 15 pounds without slowing down.
    For all of you people who think our sre safeties our bad, out team gave up the fewest pass plays over 25 yards.
    The No. 1 primary focus in the safeties role in last year’s defense was not to get beat deep and give up the big play.
    Seems like they did their jobs.

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      Our safeties are the worst in football well maybe the Browns are worse, they make no plays on the ball and have little to do in the run game, the whole plays over 25 yds is deceiving when you see slants go unchalleneged

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        Incorrect. Our safety’s ex-coach was the worst in football. Oh how I hate nepotism. Such arrogance.

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        Exactly Jonnyg. No need to try to go deep when the slant can go unchallenged at a 70% rate.

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      I was thinking the same thing about his weight.

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      Absolutely agree.

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      I posted this above, but it’s equally relevant here, so I’ll just copy & paste.

      76Buc, no he really doesn’t. Devin McCourty is 195 pounds. Rodney McLeod is 183 pounds, lighter than Smith. Kurt Coleman is 195 pounds. Marcus Gilchrist is 193. All of those guys are free safeties, and all are very, very good. We may ask Smith to try to put on a few pounds, but since we drafted him loving his speed, my guess is we won’t want to mess with his build in any way that could affect that. His weight is fine as is.

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      He’s not too light to play free safety. See my comment above. I named a handful of specific players – Kurt Coleman, Devin McCourty, Rodney McLeod, and Marcus Gilchrist – who are all 195 pounds or less (McLeod is actually 183) and are all very good safeties. If we wanted a big, hard hitting safety, we would have drafted one. Instead, we drafted a fast guy with ball skills. Why mess with who he is? If you want him to be something he isn’t, then you shouldn’t draft him at all. I think his weight is fine, especially if he’s as fast as advertised.

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    yeah but how many slants did we give up and for TD’s…that is the first route taught in youth football but we could not stop one

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      It’s also something for which our safeties weren’t remotely responsible. Team defense is predicated on each guy doing the job he’s coached to do. The cause of the excessive inside passes given up last year was poor technique taught and encouraged by the coaches, not a sudden inability of every single one of our CBs and safeties, who had played football for their entire lives and worked not to give up inside leverage, to stop guys from going inside. They weren’t even trying to stop them, actually, because that’s not what they were told to do by their coaches.

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    LSU is a small school now???…..smh..

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      More reading comprehension failure. Nobody said that. Or anything close to it. What WAS said is that one of our good draft picks last year was from a small school – Ali Marpet. And that another was a 4th round pick – Kwon Alexander. The writer than said that Smith is a combo of those two, as he attended NCCU and was taken by us in the 4th round.

      No wonder our wonderful state does scores so poorly in every standardized test known to man. Apparently, reading is a real problem for us.

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        Feeling a little grumpy 17?

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    Buc Wit Me

    Like this pick!!

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    “The Bucs have shown willingness in the past to take a chance on a gifted athlete who may just need more developing.”

    Could we say this seems to be more true since Licht arrived?

    Hopefully, we will have many more years to make these kinds of assessments. (Yes, stability which would automatically mean success.)

    As always time will tell.

    Go Bucs!!!

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      Nothing is stable with these owners. Glazers are the Donald Trump of football-you’re FIRED.

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      Idk, I can think of several examples of us trying stuff out with gifted but raw athletes in the past. The one that really jumps out is Demar Dotson – hewas brought onto the team as a former basketball star whose ENTIRE football experience was one season as a DT as a senior in college. He had barely played football in his life, and we did give him the time he needed to develop.

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    Don’t get too hyped on 4th round picks; last year was an exception.

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      Wise words Horse.

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    Zach Pewter Report; how did Jenkins our TE look? Is there hope that this will be his year?

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      If the guy play’s in half our games it would be a small wonder. Better hitch your hopes on Brate.

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    In Lovie’s defense. the LB’s were supposed to drop into the passing lanes in order to help the CB’s on the slants.
    The safeties had little to do with covering slants.
    On not saying I liked or loved Lovie’s defense, I’m just explaining the way it is played.

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      Finally. Someone who can either (1) read, (2) make basic observations from film study, or, God forbid, (3) do both of those.

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    This is good news. Can’t wait for the preseason. To see some of the new talent.

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    The relatively small stature doesn’t concern me. he’s probably destined for free safety. I suspect strong safety will be a player with a little more girth. The days of #47 blowing up receivers are over.

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      Good point scubog, and you did it without disparaging your fellow posters.

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        Never mean to “disparag”anyone 76. I do find it difficult to sit back and read opinions presented as facts. I don’t think this forum is the place for folks to sneak in their political or religious views. I do try to infuse a little humor and sarcasm when some take themselves and their limited credentials far too seriously.

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    Yes of course this defense didn’t give up lots big plays because the short underneath stuff was there for any crappy scrub QB to look brilliant. You can blame the LBs for the 70% passing and all the slants and throws underneath but Lovie had CB’s playing 10-12 yards off WR’s. Idiotic. When they started pressing we actually had few games where CB play was better and we won. They needed to infuse some more talent but this defense was a mess primarily because of Lovies and his sons coaching. We will find out this season of Verner,Banks, etc are capable of starting and playing at a high level or not.

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    This guy reminds me another Buc’s Smith that was CB/S and weighed about 200 lbs. Dwight Smith. He was a third rd pick actually. Guy could really move! Was at Bucs game one time and we were playing the Chiefs I think years ago. Don’t remember all details, but play was right in front of me. WR caught deep ball and headed for TD with no defender near him and Dwight Smith comes from seemed a mile behind to tackle him before he went in. Crazy play! Another 4th rd superb starter from 4th rd would be lot to ask for though.

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    Very true fredster. Once we started getting eaten up with the slants they should have been told to get up in the WR’s face.
    Either they were afraid to, they wre unable to, or weren’t told to.
    Whatever the case, the end result was always the same.
    Sometimes you need a player with the balls to say outright, “hey, this is what we are being told to do and what we are being told not to do.”

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    Very true scubog. Are ex-safety Goldson was just cut from the Redskins and was named their worst player for the money paid to him on the team.
    Noted for a player who was known to be have such a renowned reputation as a hitter he was a crappy tackler.
    Believe they said he was second in the league in missed tackles.
    on that note, I watched Major Wrights hit on the Titan player at the beginning of the game that drew a personal foul.
    Such a bogus call.
    This team really got hosed by the officials last year and why not.
    With no coach questioning their calls, what did they have to worry about.
    I hope Koetter amps the voltage up this year when we get hosed.

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    Anything is possible but I don’t believe the CB’s were freelancing and playing back on their own. They were being told to I think. Lovie thought he could get turnovers, prevent deep ball, and who knows what else but it didn’t work. Over and over again it didn’t work. Was frustrating to watch.

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