table of contents
- McCoy Ready To Dominate In 2011
- Top 5 Bucs Training Camp Battles
- Point-Counterpoint - July
- PR Bucs Training Camp Preview: QBs
- PR Bucs Training Camp Preview: RBs
- PR Bucs Training Camp Preview: WRs
- PR Bucs Training Camp Preview: TEs
- PR Bucs Training Camp Preview: OL
- PR Bucs Training Camp Preview: DL
- PR Bucs Training Camp Preview: LBs
- PR Bucs Training Camp Preview: DBs
- PR Bucs Training Camp Preview: Special Teams
- Pewter Report's Ultimate Bucs Draft
- Reynolds’ Ultimate Bucs Team
- Campbell’s Ultimate Bucs Team
- 20 Critical Camp Questions
Ultimate Bucs Draft during the NFL lockout prior to the start of Tampa Bay’s 2011 training camp. After conducting the draft, which was kicked off by Campbell’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.
ULTIMATE BUCS TEAM – OFFENSE
QB – Josh Freeman
RB - James Wilder
FB - Earnest Graham
WR – Joey Galloway
WR – Keenan McCardell
TE – Kellen Winslow
REYNOLDS’ COMMENTARY ON THE OFFENSIVE SPECIALISTS
I’m taking a chance on Josh Freeman’s long-term potential based on his stellar 2010 season, his physical tools and intangibles. James Wilder, who is the Bucs’ all-time leading rusher, gives me a back with 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 Joey Galloway, who had three straight 1,000-yard seasons in Tampa Bay, and Pro Bowler Keenan McCardell 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. Playmaking Kellen Winslow has a chance to unseat Jimmie Giles to become the best tight end in team history.
LT – Donald Penn
LG – Randall McDaniel
C – Tony Mayberry
RG – Davin Joseph
RT - Jeremy Trueblood
REYNOLDS’ COMMENTARY ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE
I really like my offensive line. I wanted it to be the strength of my offense, and I think it is. I have four Bucs linemen that went to the Pro Bowl in Donald Penn, Randall McDaniel, Tony Mayberry and Davin Joseph. I believe that Mayberry and Joseph are the best at their position in franchise history, and the same could be the same about McDaniel even though he was past his prime during his time in Tampa Bay. Penn is an up-and-comer and may unseat Paul Gruber as the best left tackle in franchise history in time. Jeremy Trueblood is a serviceable starter that brings toughness to the line.
ULTIMATE BUCS TEAM – DEFENSE
LE - Greg Spires
DT – Brad Culpepper
DT – Santana Dotson
RE – Simeon Rice
REYNOLDS’ COMMENTARY ON THE DEFENSIVE LINE
I’ll admit that my defensive line is not as stellar as Campbell’s, but Simeon Rice is a ferocious sack-master coming off the right edge, and will be the cornerstone of my D-line. Greg Spires is a workhorse at left end that can stuff the run and get to the passer. Both formed a dynamic duo in Super Bowl XXXVII. Brad Culpepper is a smart, quick, underrated nose tackle, and Santana Dotson had a couple of very good years sacking the quarterback in Tampa Bay before continuing his great NFL career in Green Bay. Dotson still holds the rookie record for sacks by a Buccaneer.
LB – Shelton Quarles
LB – Hardy Nickerson
LB – Derrick Brooks
REYNOLDS’ COMMENTARY ON THE LINEBACKERS
The linebacking corps is the strength of my defense, outside of my stellar cornerback tandem of Ronde Barber and Donnie Abraham. Brooks is arguably the best player in franchise history and was a multi-year Pro Bowler along with Nickerson, who played an integral role in turning the Bucs defense into a juggernaut in the mid-1990s. Brooks and Nickerson are the top two tacklers in franchise history and their leadership skills are off the charts. The ultra-quick 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.
SS – Tanard Jackson
FS – Dexter Jackson
CB – Ronde Barber
CB – Donnie Abraham
REYNOLDS’ COMMENTARY ON THE SECONDARY
Aside from Rice, my team doesn’t have the strongest pass rushers, although Spires, Dotson and Culpepper have shown they can have a blow-up season and get to the quarterback. So I wanted 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. Barber and Abraham are the top two interceptors in team history and have a combined 68 picks and nine touchdowns between them. I also like how Barber is a touchdown producer and a supreme nickel blitzer. The duo of Jackson and Jackson are equally adept at picking off passes and tackling ballcarriers.
ULTIMATE BUCS TEAM – SPECIAL TEAMS
ST – Dwight Smith
KR – Karl Williams
K – Matt Bryant
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. Matt Bryant is the most accurate field goal kicker in Bucs history and has the team record for the longest field goal in franchise history, which was a 62-yard game winner against Philadelphia in 2006. Mark Royals always averaged at least 40 yards per punt, never had a punt blocked in his five years with the Bucs and had a long of 66 yards. He was a clutch holder and was 5-of-7 on fake punt passing attempts.
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