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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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  1. 1

    Horse

    Well if you went to buccaneers.com on Thursday all of this is in Coach Koetter Press Session.
    I will bring up two things considering WR’s? Jackson will have some nagging injuries due his age and I can see us picking up another WR in the later rounds or due a trade swap for a WR. Too much of a gamble to ignore Jenkins injuries and I believe select a late round or trade swap for another TE.

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    matador

    Shhhhh… Don’t tell drdneast that Koetter is confident Evans will fix his drop problem, or he’ll have to come to One Buc to explain to coach K that Evans doesn’t have a drop problem. No room for opinions other than his

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    jme0151

    Ho Hum….rerun info. Need off season camps to start.

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    drdneast

    Well Matador, I think Koetter isn’t concerned about the “drop issue” because he sees the “issue” the same as I.
    He isn’t making a mountain out of molehill because he realizes the large majority of the drops came in the two games I have pointed to countless times before.
    However Matador, if you would like to counter with a more viable argument, please do so, just make sure you present the facts to give it credibility.

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  5. 5

    jongruden

    Evans had problem with drops, no need to break it down how many were in this many games etc if you drop the ball its a drop and Evans led the league with them with 13 and that has to be fixed

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  6. 6

    drdneast

    jongruden, ok, I get it. You want to ignore the facts and fix a problem that really doesn’t exist.
    Sort of like, “Make America Great Again.”

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    jongruden

    Led the league in drops with 13 why are you so stubborn not to see that as a problem? You keep throwing out “facts” when you ignore them yourself don’t make excuses for them just accept them and fix them

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    macabee

    Mike Evans caught 68 balls for 1,051 yards as a rookie. He caught 74 passes for 1,206 yards in 2015 but lead the NFL in drops (11). Dropped passes were an issue for Evans all season, including a six-drop day in a loss to the Giants, and working to cut them out of his game will be part of the team’s plans heading into this season.

    Dirk Koetter, at the owners meeting, said that Evans needs to be more consistent in his preparation and work habits in order to get the most out of his talent. Calling it a bad year would be a stretch, but it could have been a better one and the Bucs would like to see improvement.. Like Jon Gruden says, the Bucs acknowledge that it’s a problem (if you want to call 1,200 yards a problem) and getting it fixed is a priority!

    http://www.tbo.com/sports/blogs/bucs-report/bucs-oc-monken-to-make-wr-evans-drops-a-top-priority-20160129/

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    drdneast

    I had heard 11 on NFL Network before and now macabee confirmed that number. He also stated he had six in the Giants game, with I am sure the majority of those coming in the second half when it started raining heavily.
    So more than half his drops came in one game in a downpour.
    I would pretty much bet he dropped three or four against the Texans, his first game back from recovering from a hamstring.
    So no, two games with drops because of extenuating circumstances do not distress me.
    I know some of you out here who want to label every draft pick a bust because they don’t reach All Pro status in the first two years or get hysterical over every drop do, but I’m just not in that boat and never have been.
    I don’t know what drives the mindset of someone who views performances like that, but I am here to bring the opposing viewpoint.
    For some strange illogical reason some of you are out there to label Evans as the next Michael Clayton which he was the furthest from being last year.
    Like I said, Koetter isn’t making a mountain out of a molehill, why should you,

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    drdneast

    Also, I haven’t ignored then, I agreed probably a half dozen times with drops but only in “two games.”
    Geeeeeessssssh.

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    jongruden

    A qb can throw 20 in’t in 3 games its still 20 ints on the stat sheet, drops are drops and I heard two excuses for Evans 1. Rain 2. Back from injury its funny how nobody else dropped balls in that same rain, no worse when you play in snow, wind or the qb just has sweaty hands lol you wear gloves catch the ball. Now does that mean I think he is a bust? No, in fact I think he is a play maker but imagine how good he can be if he cleaned up the drops

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    Buc4eva

    Im actually of opposite thinking with the 25 yard spot on kickoffs. Obviously the return man will want to take a knee, but its also in turn going to make the kicking team make a point to kick the ball within the five yard line high to avoid giving them a free 25 yards. Return guys may actually see an increase in return attempts now. Take that with the extra point being kept back for good that puts a lot more value on kickers moving forward

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    Buc4eva

    Im actually of opposite thinking with the 25 yard spot on kickoffs. Obviously the return man will want to take a knee, but its also in turn going to make the kicking team make a point to kick the ball within the five yard line high to avoid giving them a free 25 yards. Return guys may actually see an increase in return attempts now. Take that with the extra point being kept back for good that puts a lot more value on kickers moving forward

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