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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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    Horse

    He has a lot to learn right now so I hope he is focused. Again, too much hype of trying make something that may not be there yet. Go Bucs!

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    gatrbuc17

    I am excited about ASJ’s possibilities. I will be much more excited though if he can stay healthy this yr. Always a big jump from College to pros.

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    EastEndBoy

    There have been three picks in the last 5 years that I was really excited about (GMC – obvious; LvD – a guy I loved in college; and ASJ – I saw a lot of Washington games). I think it’s important to be realistic about what a huge year for ASJ could look like on this team…we have several mouths that will get fed in the passing game – a passing game led by a rookie that is likely to be brought along slowly.

    a) If JW was asked to throw an average amount of passes per game, we’re looking at 25-30 attempts
    b) if he completes a good percentage (say around 60%) that makes maybe 15-20 completions.
    c) ASJ is maybe going to be on the field for something like (at best, if he’s rocking it) 80% of our passing downs, so that’s maybe 12-15 completions per game
    d) If ASJ plays all 16 games, then he could be eligible for all of those 12-15 completions
    e) those completions will be shared with two pretty awesome WRs; some intriguing looking slot guys; and our RBs

    All-in-all, I’d say he might have a maximum shot (if all is going well) at 3 or 4 catches per game for 50 or 60 catches on the year – with maybe an average catch being 10 yards for a TE, that’s 500-600 yards, and maybe 1 in 10 catches being a TD, that’s 5 or 6 TDs. That’s where my expectation is at the moment for ASJ to have a huge year…60 catches, 600 yards, 6 TDs. Of course there are all sorts of factors that will come into play (like injuries, hot streaks, the success (or not) of the running game), but I just wanted to share what IMO would be the expectation of a huge year. Go ASJ!

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