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Scott Reynolds is in his 22nd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com

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    Bucnut2

    Another GREAT fab 5 Scott. On the Aguayo thing. We could have had 2 impact players this year had we not drafted him. I was against the pick on draft night. Not because I did not think he we be a good kicker, I did. I objected for 3reasons. 1-No GOOD teams draft kickers that high. What Licht failed to mention is the New England kickers were 4th round and undrafted free agents. 2- the opportunity costs. This is NOT a deep roster and we could have had 2 impact players for what we paid and 3-he would have to be a LOT better than any other kicker to justify the cost.

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      Dude

      My thoughts exactly! A kicker is important, but two really good impact players could have potentially made more of an impact. I think either Barth or Murray would have been sufficient. Only time will tell.

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    pinkstob

    It would appear now that we need a WR but next year’s draft is a long ways away. Other positions could turn out to be higher needs (OT, DE and safety come to mind), a player’s final year in college to me is the most important year and we also don’t know who will be available in free agency. There’s nothing wrong with looking at the players listed above this season, but I would advise everyone to look at the top players at EVERY position this year to be prepared to discuss who we should draft in the offseason. I normally do that but I made the mistake of not paying Aguayo much attention last year, instead going off of his history of work. It’s my mistake for not researching he had missed that many kicks last season. In the offseason I said there were three game changers in this draft: E. Elliott, J. Ramsey and Aguayo. It’s looking like Aguayo will be a game changer alright…just not in the direction we would like. Again, I recommend we study the top players at every position because you never really know what position the Bucs are looking at drafting.

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      EastEndBoy

      I tried to point this out in my rant on draft day – much akin to what @Bucnut2 described above – Aguayo’s historic issues have been on 40+ yard field goals, but everyone kept pointing to his shorter field goal percentage and saying he never ever missed. I did an analysis on PR of Aguayo versus Barth and versus the average NFL kickers…not sure why Licht never did this.

      Anyway, the story I was (and still am) expecting out of Aguayo is that he will improve our percentage on shorter kicks and extra points, but overall he will have little impact on Wins/Losses because he is fairly below average (by NFL standards) on long kicks. That’s not to say he won’t kick game winning field goals, but it’s just to say that his “automaticness” (or lack thereof) will not be the reason we Win/Lose…in time, he’ll have much the same impact as say a top-quartile kicker will have overall – and that’s pretty good, just not game changing.

      and of course people liked to point out this kick-off benefit too (i.e., his ability to kick the ball to the 1 yard line and force a return)…I’m skeptical at this juncture that there is a benefit to this over just booting it out of the endzone and letting the opponents start at the 25…we’ll see.

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        Bucnut2

        EEB- remember when Licht was selling us that his misses were because of the wider college has marks??? No offense SR but you and Cook bought that crap as well.

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          I think,oots of rationalizing has been done indeed. As Is aid after my draft-day rant “he’s our kicker now, so we just need to move to the acceptance stage”…I honestly am there now and simply hope that he can get some help for the “yips” and becomes an exceptional short-range kicker. At least with that, we can build an offensive game plan around punting/kicking when we get across mid-field. Go BUCS!

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        pinkstob

        EastEndBoy, yeah I remember your rant on draft day. That was the first time it came to my attention that he had missed that many kicks. I was actually pissed I had missed that myself being such a data/analysis junkie. I hate excuses so I won’t offer any. However, it’s my belief that if someone asks you a question like, “What made you think it was a good idea to…” then the response is no longer an excuse, it’s a reason that the questioner is interested in. At this point I agree that since he’s a Buc all we can do is hope for the best. I’ll be giving him 3 years like I do with everyone else.

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    EastEndBoy

    Thanks Scott. A few thoughts:

    1) if WR depth is our biggest problem, that would be fantastic. However, I think you nailed the safety issue as our biggest concern…I say give the Smith kid a chance, he can’t be any worse than McDougald….at least rotate him in there.

    2) If we are going to add another WR, this year or in the draft (a little early to be talking about that one I suppose)…SPEED should be the requirement. I watched that Failcons-Phins game last night and the ATL DBs were constantly grabbing the MIA WRs as they ran right past them…we could use some of that.

    3) Aguayo seems to have a case of the yips (see Chuck Naublauch, Tiger Woods)…I remember when Chuck had them at 2nd base for the Yankees. It was painful watching him throw error after error on routine ground balls. I’m not sure what the cure is – Chuck never seemed to find it, but Tiger maybe has…perhaps a few sessions with Tiger’s therapist would help.

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      Bucnut2

      Totally agree with EEB on the speed thing. I wanted Braxton Miller for his versatility and ability to change things up and run wildcat. But Oh wait, we traded up for a kicker!

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      76Buc

      What? I thought Bobby Richardson played second base for the Yankees.

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    Horse

    Dye and Shephard are the 4 & 5 WR’s. There’s no need to carry 6 at the start of the season unless Jackson and Evans get injuried. Time for the other WR’s on the roster to do some special things and not just catch a pass. I still haven’t bought into Vitale yet; I hope he does well tonight in his blocking as it is his weakness. Go Bucs!

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    I would guess that there are going to be a few intriguing veteran WRs available after team start cutting down. It would be nice to see some veteran depth picked up for the WR position. I’m glad that Aguayo hit his slump in the preseason. I’m guessing that he’ll work his way out of it and move on. Great to see Ryan Smith stepping up as well!

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    athans5

    Good job on this weeks fab 5 SR! One thing I would like to point out though is that Ryan Smith seems to me like the perfect body type and player for FS which is where Conte plays. I know people love to knock McDougald, but I have noticed that he is a sure tackler in the open field, he takes really good angles in pursuit and almost always brings down the ball carrier right away. He fits the mold of what a SS typically is. I doubt Ryan Smith will make ball carriers fear him for his tackling ability, but I haven’t seen enough of him in preseason against good players to know if he is a sure tackler or not. I have always been a fan of Bradley McDougald and think he could perform very well this year. Also am I mistaken, didn’t Bradley also used to play corner at Kansas then switched to safety in the NFL. Maybe Ryan Smith should be talking to him more about that!

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    DreadNaught

    I think Aguayo will be fine, but if continues to struggle and it lasts into the regular season where he becomes a liability we will absolutely bring in another kicker. Aguayo (and his fragile mentality) will just have to get over it. We carried a 3rd QB last season on the 53 who never dressed a game and carried Kadeem Edwards on the 53 in 2014 when he never dressed either. So I don’t see how you can say we couldn’t do the same w/ Aguayo this year if he struggles. Obviously it’s not ideal to carry 2 kickers, but let’s not pretend we will keep trotting him out there if he’s only making 50% of his kicks after the first few games.

    Also, you’re FAB-1 could have been easier to follow as you jumped back and forth between Humphries and Dye and the Saints-Bears-Rams games.

    Looking forward to the game tonight and keep up the great work.

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    Dude

    I hope that either Dye, or Bell can take that next step in these next two preseason games. As it stands, we don’t really have anyone who is a speed threat that can stretch the field and keep opposing defenses honest. I don’t think any team we face this year will fear that coming from us. Unless one of these two faster WR’s can show this on tape. Sure Evans can do it to a certain extent, but I would really like to see us pick up a speedy veteran deep threat as a result of a cap casualty. I’m sure Licht will be looking.

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    seat26

    I am bummed about Bell. This guy has so many talents and has one bad outing and he looks like he is about 24 hrs from being a security guard somewhere. Meanwhile we have a second round kicker who we gave up a third to move up to get who cannot kick even point afters with consistency. This draft class really took a nose dive. VHIII is thankfully looking very good. It seems Noah Spence is invisible. I wonder if he ends up on IR.

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    buddah

    Don’t worry, someone else will pick up Bell. Aguayo will have to show some mental toughness. It’s possible, perhaps not likely, this will make him a better kicker ion the long run. Some meditation might help to relax him. Visualize, man. He has to believe he’s going to make every kick. Actually, I feel for him, but this is the NFL. He has to produce. It’s absurd to think that Licht didn’t go over every kick he ever tried in College. Sad to say, draft selection is not a science. Finally, too many people put to much emphasis on preseason. The first goal is to get to Game 1 with few or no injuries. Other than that, we’re not showing anything and neither are the other teams. We destroyed Cincinnati last season, ran up and down the field and what did it mean: nothing. Let’s just get to Game 1 and then start judging what we have or don’t have.

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    Matthew

    I am still confident in Aguayo and although I hated the pick on draft day we all just need to accept he is our kicker now and move on, no use looking back on it now. As for WR, I would love for us to get JuJu out of USC but hopefully our pick won’t be high enough to get him. I hope that we draft 2 or 3 WR in next years draft because once V-Jax is gone we are in a lot of trouble. Pamphlet is good depth on the o-line but I do not want him starting games for us, o-line is another position I believe should be targeted heavily in next years draft. I feel like this team just needs more depth and a few better starters (safety, WR, o-line) from being a legit contender. Go Bucs!

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    4girls

    I wasn’t happy with the Aguayo pick either. But, it doesn’t matter now either way. He’s our kicker and he’s struggling. Bitching about the pick and looking at his stats now won’t help. Those who were booing him at a practice doesn’t help either. Yes, he’s a professional, but he’s also a 22-year-old kid who has kicked, albeit poorly, in two preseason games. Supporting him instead of booing him would help get over his “yips” or “shanks” (as in “Tin Cup”) will most likely make more of a positive impact.

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    fredster

    I refuse to even look at the list of WRs for next years draft in pre season! Lol.
    Here’s a couple tidbits. Bell sucks, and tired of talking about him. Afro Blunder not thunder. . Aguayo was a wasted pick and will bever be worth that pick. If I had to pick one WR I wish would step up would be Dye given his speed and size. Maybe if Winston can actually hit broad side of barn tonight we can actually evaluate some guys. 0-6 passing to start makes it hard to.
    Shepard is pretty decent too. Beyond that who knows if any of them are worth keeping around. Hope Evans,Jackson, Jenkins stay healthy this year.

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    4girls

    I wasn’t happy with the Aguayo pick either. But, it doesn’t matter now either way. He’s our kicker and he’s struggling. Bitching about the pick and looking at his stats from college won’t help. Those who were booing him at a practice didn’t help things either. Yes, he’s a professional, but he’s also a 22-year-old kid who has kicked, albeit poorly, in two preseason games. Supporting him instead of booing him would help Aguayo get over his “yips” or “shanks” (as in “Tin Cup”) will most likely make more of a positive impact. The man is our kicker for the foreseeable future. I think we need to deal with it and move on. It’s not his fault the Bucs traded up for him in the 2nd round. Let’s give the kid a break and have a bit more faith.

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    chetthevette

    Another good Fab 5. I wonder who names a child speedy? Speedy Noils, hell I would draft him in the late rounds just for giggles. After watching the game tonite got me thinking about trading for Josh Gordon. Forgot how good he is, being a druggie and all.
    Afro Blunder, now that is a good one. Bell needs to get his shit together for sure.
    Please Mr Licht don’t draft a receiver named Mike Williams. Not only is his name Mike Williams he’s from Clemson. I defy anyone to tell me a player from Clemson that was any good.
    Alls well with the kicker I suppose after last night. Not only did he make the kicks, they were good and straight. So I won’t freak out just yet.
    I believe Humphries just grabbed the kick off job. Haven’t seen a punt return for a TD in awhile. Awesome.
    Huge props for JW. Great game.
    What is up with this Vitale kid? He has been MIA all preseason.
    Now for my Kenny Bell rant. Get it together please. Maybe all that hair is messing you up. Afro Blunder, still chuckling on that or.
    September 11 can’t get here fast enough.
    GO BUCS

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      EastEndBoy

      @chetthevette – I’ll give you that the Clemson alumni list is not exactly star-packed….but I thought the irony of railing against Clemson in one sentence and following that with how happy you are about Adam Humphries was hilarious!

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        chetthevette

        Did not know that AH was an Clemson alum. I stand corrected. GO BUCS

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    russmillerwy

    Mentioning Loiuis Murphy reminds me that whoever gets that #5 receiver slot in the preseason won’t get much to do once Murphy comes back from PUP. Murphy is just so much more effective than any of the youngsters. Hemight even unseat Humphries. Now that Dye is out with a hamstring tear, the best way for anyone else to impress as a 5th receiver is to shine returning kicks.

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    scubog

    Just got around to reading this week’s Fab 5. Funny how all of the folks who bemoaned the selection of Roberto Aguayo are already in “I told you so” mode before our young draftee has even lined up in a regular season game. Looked OK to me in the Browns game. My goodness, some are even ready to write off Noah Spence as “invisible” when he’s been anything but disappear like the Johnsons who preceded him. I guess it’s no different than the chastising of Gerald McCoy, who, in spite of being one of our best players, still has critics unwilling to adjust their original conclusion.

    I know this much; if there was an Olympic event where contenders jumped to conclusions, impatient football fans would win the gold medal. Perhaps there could also be a leap of faith event for those of us who are willing to give the rookies a little time to develop.

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    Tassonedna

    Once again thanks for the ORIGINAL information that I can’t find anywhere else. I appreciate the heads up on some college receivers as I’m not a big college fan so this helps me to get aquainted with some receivers to follow and watch for during the college season. Whether we draft one or not. I also loved how you got some of the Bucs players to give their opinions on players they played with or against in college, great insight!. Lastly, I appreciate the FAB 3 on Ryan Smith. I have been looking to read or here something on him all camp and sure enough you came through with a great read on him. Thanks again for all you do to make sure your readers know what’s really going on in Bucs Camp. I’m ready for the Regular Season! Go Bucs!

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