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Mark Cook

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 mark@pewterreport.com

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    Horse

    Mark, I can’t help it. Bell, Vitale, Griffin:Really?

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      Mark Cook

      Hey I don’t submit the questions lol. Just answer them when they come in.

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      Horse

      Mark, it wasn’t the question, it was your answers to the questions that had me baffled. They were soft answers. So let me throw out some thoughts on a couple players. ASJ has to yet prove that he is a consistent TE. Bell has yet to prove he can catch a pass and then take the contact, Vitale is a public relations creation and has shown nothing except he should go on PS. Griffin has shown why New Orleans were willing to release him and put him on the PS knowing some sucker might pick him up him.

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        Mark Cook

        If only you could read my texts and listen in on my off the record conversations. A lot of my opinion is based on my sources. I try and give you guys an “informed” opinion.

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          Horse

          Good, I thought you had been compromised. Glad to hear you are the old Mark still. My bag.

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        EastEndBoy

        @horse, I’m with you on Bell – he seems like a WR with poor hands, hence why every team kept passing on him in the draft…and on Vitale too – don’t we draft that guy every year (the TE from someplace that we “stole” in the 7th round)…and Griffin too – couldn’t have said it better (NO are no dummies…well sometimes they are). BUT, on ASJ – he’s been an excellent TE on the field in really every opportunity he’s every had with us (including playing with 2nd teamers last week). The only disappointment I can see is that he’s been oft injured, but he’s hardly been inconsistent IMO.

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    Matthew

    We should have signed Boldin we need WR depth bad although I don’t want us to sign Roddy White because I feel like he just has nothing left and would turn into a liability

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    stlbucsfan

    If the Bucs add a WR it needs to be one with speed and reliable hands. Hey if Im Licht Im calling the Redskins to see about a potential Vincent Jackson/DeSean Jackson switch. The Redskins have plenty of young speed guys that are cheaper and could actually use the big bodied reliable possession WR that VJax has turned into. DeSean brings the speed element we need plus the ability to return punts, the contracts are similar with VJax coming off the book next year. Far fetched but still something needs to be done to address the speed on the outside in this offense.

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      pinkstob

      Stlbucsfan, that’s a creative solution and I like it.

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      EastEndBoy

      @stlbucsfan, while I too applaud the creativity, that trade would be like trading a gem for a cancer. VJax is loved, admired, respected by his teammates (one of the all time great Buc-men)….DJax is, well, the opposite…and if we are getting tired of ASJ being hurt, DJax is the king of the IR. I live in DC, and people here were pretty happy when they drafted Doctson…

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        stlbucsfan

        @eastendboy VJax is definitely loved but is aging and is coming off an injury plagued season himself. I personally think between Mike Evans and the TEs we can absorb his loss in the passing game. By adding Desean he would walk the safeties back a step, which helps the run game, ASJ over the middle and even Mike Evans who wouldnt have coverage rolled to his side as much. I understand your concerns my friend but respectfully disagree. I believe in Deseans game breaking speed more than Vincent as an aging possession receiver.

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          EastEndBoy

          speed would definitely be a welcome addition…

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    D-Rome

    Mark, can you enlighten me as to why many (seemingly) Bucs fans are so much about Kenny Bell and Dan Vitale? Also, why do I keep seeing and hearing Dan Vitale’s name used in the same sentence as Mike Alstott? There is no comparison to Dan Vitale and Mike Alstott. That’s like comparing Storm Johnson to Warrick Dunn.

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      Mark Cook

      No question two different type of players. Honestly I think we know where some of the comparisons to Alstott and Vitale come from and it isn’t only because they are both from the state of Illinois. With that said, both are blue collar lunch pail guys. But Vitale is a legit 4.5 guy. Although he isn’t the tailback that Alstott was.

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    XpfcWintergreen

    Semi-question/semi-comment:

    I haven’t heard much about expectations for our offensive line. (No news is good news?)
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    Will we have anything definite on Sweezy by season start? What can we expect from Pamphile and Smith as far as blind side protection for Winston? We have to face at least four or five of the top NFL defenses with our schedule. Could make a big difference how our season goes.
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      EastEndBoy

      @xpfcwintergreen – there has been some stuff written on the web so far and it’s mostly along these lines (their analysis, not mine to take credit for): our Oline looks questionable; Smith looks very capable when he’s on (they seem to point to him making first positive contact with DEs as a good sign, versus getting moved around by DEs), but looks horrible when he’s off…and that seems to be play-by-play. That’s gotta be pretty worrying for us, but perhaps is also a sign of his age and maybe he’ll grow out of it to be more consistent…let’s hope so. Pamphile does not seem like he’s capable of making us forget Logan Mankins, and Sweezy appears to have the back of a 75 year old man…that’s a concern too. At Center, we have 2 journeymen that are not capable of picking up the slack on the left side – they may be average on an average line but with questions on our left side they look worse too. The right side looks adequate.

      My expectation is that our Oline will play much like last year – ranking in the middle of the pack somewhere but not going to challenge the Cowboys for supremacy or anything. And that will mean Winston getting hit a lot again this year (99 times last year). But it will also mean we probably lead the league again in 6-man formations (recall Pamphile the “TE” last year?), 2 TE sets (ASJ and Brate – or the HB in to block), and run the ball first…all probably not a bad thing.

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    nybuccguy

    Vitale will likely make the team, but mainly play just special teams his rookie year. Stocker will likely get most of the fullback /H-back type work. Vitale is completely over hyped by the fan base.

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    XpfcWintergreen

    Thanks, EastEndBoy!
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    I guess we will not be deep at Oline, so we must pray for fewer injuries.
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    I believe our run game will depend a lot on the health of Marpet and Dotson as well. (Yes, I heard about the boot Marpet was wearing today.)
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    Go Bucs!!!

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