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Reynolds’ Ultimate Bucs Team Breakdown

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Pewter Reporter Scott Reynolds drafted his own Bucs team and built his squad with tough, blue collar players on offense and a stellar LB corps and cornerback tandem on defense. Check out Reynolds’ Ultimate Bucs Team.

PewterReport.com’s Bucs beat writers, publisher Scott Reynolds and editor-in-chief Mark Cook, conducted the Ultimate Bucs Draft during the summer prior to the start of Tampa Bay’s 2014 training camp. After conducting the draft, which was kicked off by Cook’s selection of defensive tackle Warren Sapp with the first overall pick, it’s time to analyze each Pewter Reporter’s Bucs team and delve into the reasoning behind the selections.

First up is Reynolds’ Bucs squad, which features one Hall of Famer, two members of the Bucs Ring of Honor and nine members of Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl team and a host of Bucs legends. Cook’s Ultimate Bucs Team will be featured tomorrow on PewterReport.com.

SCOTT REYNOLDS’
ULTIMATE BUCS TEAM – OFFENSE
QB – Brad Johnson
RB - James Wilder
FB - Earnest Graham
WR – Mark Carrier
WR – Keyshawn Johnson
TE – Jimmie Giles

REYNOLDS’ COMMENTARY ON THE OFFENSIVE SPECIALISTS
I put a premium on drafting Super Bowl champion Brad Johnson, the best quarterback in Bucs history, with my sixth pick and the 12th overall selection. James Wilder, who is the Bucs’ all-time leading rusher, gives me a back with the perfect blend of power, speed and pass-catching ability. He may be the most complete back in team history. Earnest Graham gives me the versatility of having a runner, blocker and a pass-catcher. The wide receiver tandem of Mark Carrier, who is the Bucs’ all-time leading receiver, and Super Bowl champion Keyshawn Johnson gives my Bucs squad a player that can stretch the field vertically and a possession receiver to move the chains and make big plays on third downs. Bucs Ring of Honor inductee Jimmie Giles is clearly the best tight end in Tampa Bay history and a real weapon in the passing game. My collection of skill position players is full of playoff experience, playmaking ability and a blue collar work ethic.

LT – Roman Oben
LG – Carl Nicks
C – Jeff Faine
RG – Davin Joseph
RT – Demar Dotson

REYNOLDS’ COMMENTARY ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE
I wanted a tough, versatile offensive line, and I think I achieved that. I have three Bucs linemen with Pro Bowl experience in Carl Nicks, Jeff Faine and Davin Joseph, who is the best guard in team history. When healthy and in their prime, the Bucs haven’t had two more talented guards than Nicks and Joseph, who can power a strong interior running game. On the outside, Roman Oben is finely adept as a pass protector and didn’t allow a sack in the postseason in Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl run in 2002. Demar Dotson is a real up-and-comer and is currently the best offensive lineman on the 2014 Bucs team. He could be the best right tackle in team history when it’s all said and done. Jeff Faine brings great leadership, sound fundamentals and technique and feistiness to the center position. My offensive line is underrated, but solid enough to win a championship with.

SCOTT REYNOLDS’
ULTIMATE BUCS TEAM – DEFENSE

LE  - Chidi Ahanotu
DT – Brad Culpepper
DT – Gerald McCoy
RE – Simeon Rice

REYNOLDS’ COMMENTARY ON THE DEFENSIVE LINE
I’ll admit that my defensive line is not as stellar as Mark Cook’s, which feature Hall of Famers Lee Roy Selmon and Warren Sapp, but Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowler Simeon Rice is a ferocious sack-master coming off the right edge, and will be the cornerstone of my D-line. Under tackle Gerald McCoy is a two-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro and is arguably the best three-technique tackle in the NFL right now. This QB hunter could have a legendary career in Tampa Bay when it’s all said and done. Brad Culpepper is strong and stout against the run, and fast and fluid as a pass-rushing nose tackle. He’s the sixth-leading sacker in Bucs history (33). Chidi Ahanotu is the fifth-leading sacker in Tampa Bay (34.5), and brings power and speed off the edge against the run and the pass. Getting to the quarterback should not be a problem with this unit as each player is capable of winning a one-on-one.

LB – Shelton Quarles
LB – Hardy Nickerson
LB – Derrick Brooks

REYNOLDS’ COMMENTARY ON THE LINEBACKERS
My LB corps is comprised of the best three linebackers in team history and is the absolute strength of my defense, outside of my stellar cornerback tandem of Ronde Barber and Donnie Abraham. My linebackers are what gives my defense the decided advantage over Mark Cook’s Ultimate Bucs Team defense. Derrick Brooks, a Hall of Famer, is clearly the best player in franchise history and was a seven-time Pro Bowler along with Hardy Nickerson, who played an integral role in turning the Bucs defense into a juggernaut in the late 1990s. Brooks and Nickerson are the top two tacklers in franchise history and their leadership skills are off the charts. The ultra-quick and intelligent Shelton Quarles excelled as a strongside linebacker before moving to middle linebacker in 2002 and earning Pro Bowl honors while quarterbacking Tampa Bay’s defense in Super Bowl XXXVII.

CB – Ronde Barber
CB – Donnie Abraham
FS – Cedric Brown
SS – Mark Barron

REYNOLDS’ COMMENTARY ON THE SECONDARY
My team has some great pass rushers in Rice and McCoy but I wanted to help out my front four by drafting some top-notch cornerbacks that could cover and make quarterbacks pay by racking up the interceptions if the defensive line can’t get them on the ground. Ronde Barber, the fourth-best player in Bucs history, and Donnie Abraham are the top two interceptors in team history and have a combined 78 picks and 15 defensive touchdowns between them. I also like how Barber, the prototype nickel cornerback, is a big-time touchdown producer and a supreme nickel blitzer. The duo of Cedric Brown, the third-leading interceptor in team history (29), and Mark Barron, a real up-and-comer at strong safety, are equally adept at picking off passes and tackling ballcarriers. My secondary is very strong up the middle and elite on the outside at the cornerback position. I revel in the fact that I have the top three interceptors in Tampa Bay history.

SCOTT REYNOLDS’
ULTIMATE BUCS TEAM – SPECIAL TEAMS

ST – Dwight Smith
KR-PR – Karl Williams
K – Connor Barth
P – Mark Royals

REYNOLDS’ COMMENTARY ON THE SPECIAL TEAMS
Dwight Smith, the only player in NFL history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a Super Bowl, was one of the Bucs’ top gunners on special teams and was also a dynamite interceptor on defense, which gives my team great versatility. Karl Williams was Tampa Bay’s best punt returner with an incredible 10.7 average over eight years. His five punt returns for touchdowns still stands as a franchise record. I chose Williams, who also averaged 22.6 yards per kick return, over Clifton Smith because be brings value to Tampa Bay’s offense as a third-down receiver as opposed to Smith. Connor Barth is the most accurate field goal kicker in Bucs history (84.3 percent) and has more kicks of 50 yards or more in team history than anyone else. His 92.9 percent mark in 2011 set a single season record for the franchise. Mark Royals always averaged at least 40 yards per punt with a long of 66 yards, and never had a punt blocked in his five years with the Bucs. He was a clutch holder and was an impressive 5-of-7 passing on fake punt attempts. The kicking game is one-third of football, and I have drafted a superior unit that can put points on the board and really change field position.

Mark Cook’s commentary on his Ultimate Bucs Team will be featured tomorrow on PewterReport.com.

Which Pewter Reporter drafted the better Ultimate Bucs team – Cook or Reynolds? We want to hear from you. Bucs fans are encouraged to leave their opinions in the article comments section, on the PewterReport.com message boards and on PewterReport.com’s Twitter page.


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    Oh yea, Simeon Rice, he brought swag too and a cool,attitude. Definitely a renaissance man off the field, which makes him an even smoother dude.
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    I like the pick of Keyshawn. The dude brought swagger to the offense and gave the Bucs national attention. Elite receivers are Prima Dona's that just comes with the territory. I did think it was curious that Gruber wasn't on there. Lynch is a possible Hall of Famer, so I wondered about that as well. Mark Carrier was a stud when we didn't have any on offense, love that pick. And who can't forget Gene Deckerhoff's calls of Donnie Abraham bringing the wood.
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    John Lynch? Anyone, anyone????
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    Sir, You left out Paul Gruber and Tony Mayberry on the O-line? Really?
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    I'll take either Steve Wilson or Bubba Grimes over Jeff "Always in" Painne at center.
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    Nothing personal SR 'cause I love your stories, but I can see already MC's team is gonna kick your team's @$$. You have a few guys that were the best Bucs at that position, but they weren't positions of high impact, like TE, SLB and RG. The overall talent level is lacking compared to guys you could have gotten. The O-line sucks compared to players like Gruber and Mayberry. Nicks hasn't done squat for the Bucs and Faine and Joseph were both overrated. Galloway and V. Jackson are both better than Johnson and Carrier. Winslow is only slightly worse than Giles. Selmon, Sapp, and McFarland are better than your D-line. You don't have Alscott and Wilder isn't much better than Dunn or Martin. You do have the best possible LB's but that doesn't make up for a secondary that lacks, Lynch, Aqib, Brian Kelly and Tanard Jackson. ST are a wash. In short, you missed on too many key positions to compete with anything MC is going to put together given the pieces he has available.
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    pinkstob......I was in agreement with you on everything (O-line, WR's) and then for me it went south. Perhaps you didn't get the chance to see the Bucs of 1976-1990, but Jimmie Giles was an animal and Winslow couldn't carry Jimmie's pads, wear his jock, etc. There is a reason Giles is in the Ring of Honor. I would take Dave Moore in a NY minute over Winslow. Wilder, too, should not be slighted over Dunn mainly because Dunn had a whole lot more skilled players around him. Martin(?) has shown me no more than Cadillac Williams did and that's a solid rookie reason followed by injuries. I pray Martin turns it back around and makes this list one day but NOT TODAY. Just when I thought it was safe to keep reading, Talib? TANARD JACKSON??(who was just penalized by the NFL yet again for drugs, even after the Skins and our old buddy Coach Morris took another chance). I loved SR's defense picks all around. The dream team of LB's and CB's for sure.
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    Joey Galloway is totally under valued with PR which is wierd considering he is the best wr we ever had next to V-Jax hands down, I love Carrier but he was not the playmaker Galloway was with the ball.
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    I am not a fan of Me-Shawn, either. But, truth is, he delivered every year.
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    Scott, I enjoyed the list and it brings back good memories. But, I just don't understand why you put "Me-shawn" on the list. Yes, he was a part of the team that won the Superbowl. Yet, he hurt the team more by his actions after that. I would even put Evans on the team before I would put "Me-shawn". Evans hasn't even played a game! Heck, I would put Williams, Jackson, Harper, Anthony, House, a fan off the street, anybody before "Me-shawn".
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