PewterReport.com began a new offseason feature recently, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered by the PR staff. Today, Mark Cook answers five questions taken from Twitter submissions using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Each week, one of the questions used will earn the person who asked it one of our new Tampa Bay schedule refrigerator magnet.
Question 1. AJ Swanson asks, what percentage of second year quarterbacks progress and regress statistically? Now teams have film on Jameis Winston.
Answer: You bring up a good point, and as far as percentages, I don’t know exactly what they are. There is no question that the film is out there on Winston and he won’t be surprising anyone. However, it isn’t like he is a dual-threat, read-option quarterback, that gives teams fits with his legs and arm. He is a pocket passer who beats teams with his arm and his decision making. Can you scheme against those things? How many years of film are out these on Tom Brady? Team still have trouble stopping him and he is about 10 years away from getting motel discounts and half priced coffee at McDonald’s. Brady isn’t unbeatable, but it isn’t from teams figuring him out as much as exploiting weaknesses in the blocking scheme upfront and winning the game-planing chess match with the Patriots offense as a whole. And if there are tendencies that Winston showed on film as a rookie, hopefully he counters that with better footwork, mechanics and overall basic knowledge of what will be thrown his way. It wouldn’t surprise me to see his yards dip a little, but I expect his TD to interception ratio to improve, but most importantly the Bucs win total to improve. Add in another year experience along the offensive line, a hopefully improved Mike Evans paired with a healthy Vincent Jackson, and this could be a special year for the Bucs offense.
Question 2. Matt Dresser asks, who are expected to make the roster at WR outside of @MikeEvans13 and @VincentTJackson ?
Answer: I think if Kenny Bell develops some consistency with his hands he has a good chance to stick, especially if he ends up winning the kick return job. Adam Humphries is another who the team is still very high on. He proved to be a great third down outlet for Winston last season and the Bucs will also look at him to return punts. Then it is down to a handful of other guys. Evan Spencer is one to watch, Louis Murphy is coming back from his ACL injury and Donteea Dye is in the mix. If Murphy is 100 percent I would add him to my roster prediction along with Russell Shepard who is a standout special teams gut the team likes. But there are always couple camp surprises, and I wouldn’t have predicted Humphries making the team this time last year. It will be a great battle for fans to watch during camp this year.
Question 3. Chuck asks, our first three draft picks all wanted to be A Buccaneer. Did that factor into decision & should it?
Answer: Yes and no. Yes, as obviously teams love players who make it known they want to be in a certain city playing for a certain team. But ultimately they must take players, especially in early rounds, who have the film to back up. I suppose if they had two players ranked relatively the same, and one was very expressive about his desire to play for the Buccaneers, then I am speculating that they could lean that way. But only if the two players were rated virtually the same. Speaking to Bucs GM Jason Licht last week, he never indicated to Scott Reynolds or myself that any of the Bucs picks were made because of the players desire to play for Tampa Bay.
Question 4. Bard Scott asks, what role, if any, do you see Dan Vitale playing in the Bucs offense this season?
Answer: Bucs fans may be surprised with the role that Vitale plays. He was one of the favorite player among a couple of the Bucs front office executives. Not the best player in the draft mind you, or anything like that, but I suppose I would compare it to a guilty pleasure. A player that they loved certain attributes of, like toughness, character, and style of play. Vitale most likely makes the team and ends up as the fullback/H-back, a role that Stocker handled at times this year. However Vitale reportedly is more athletic and more of a threat with the ball in his hands. The Bucs think they can use him in a multitude of ways and create some mismatches with linebackers who may try and cover him one-on-one. Remember, Vitale ran a 4.6 and that should give him an advantage at times as a receiver. Read what Scott Reynolds wrote about Vitale and his role in one his recent Fab 5’s.
Question 5. Mark asks, how many o-lineman do we keep on our 53 man roster and how many of them will be rookies?
Answer: Again, in another recent Fab 5, scott Reynolds broke down each position, including a roster prediction. Below are the list of linemen he thinks the Bucs will keep. Obviously it is extremely early and injuries and so on will cause the list to look a little different when the team announces their 53 following the Bucs final preseason game.
RT Demar Dotson
RG Ali Marpet
C Joe Hawley
LG J.R. Sweezy
LT Donovan Smith
C Evan Smith
T-G Kevin Pamphile
OT Leonard Wester
G Dominique Robertson
G Caleb Benenoch
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t see us keeping 10 OL because of the versatility among the OL. I will agree of the 10 players you selected, but one will probably be on some type of IR list before regular season starts.
I believe we are forced to carry an extra TE because of previous history with two of our TE’s; we’ll also carry an extra Safety until we find two good ones.
Agree….Safety position needs addressing and we will carry extra there, not on the OL. Versatility on the line will make it easier to carry 9.
Am I to take from the answer to question 4 that Stocker may lose his roster spot with the arrival of Vitale? I like Stocker for his role, but if Vitale can play that role and more, I could understand us saving the roster spot and letting him go be someone else’s blocking specialist.
My instinct, though, is that Vitale should be the fullback in goal line and jumbo sets, which still leaves room for Stocker to be an extra blocking tight end in those jumbo packages.
No we should not carry 10 OL. We also need to keep Stocker. Should Vitale go down Stocker would be his backup.
They cut brandon Myers before stocker, he is a waste of space and I scratch my head as to why he is even here.
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