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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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  1. 1

    e

    Another insightful article, Scott! Hump is one of the guys that I’m pulling for the most. I hope he can become that “Mr. first down” for Winston, when he is in a jam… It’s also interesting to see so many players with that fire on the field that seemed to be missing year’s past. The only other thing is that it seems eerily quiet on the O-line front? I hope that’s a good thing.

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  2. 2

    aquilus

    When I think of Hump…I think of Wes Welker

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  3. 3

    jongruden

    Minicamp breakdowns hmmm I don’t think tis is truly a good way to evaluate players when they run around in shorts with no contact its more or less a flag football game esp with the praise of such minicamp hero’s as Maurice Stovall, Patrick Chukwara and D Jackson as we have had in the past. I will wait for training camp and preseason to give more credibility to the eval process. I like Humphries I don’t love him he is a blue collar guy who waorks hard even though he lacks intangibles and physical attributes he will work hard and give you everything he has on field> He will never be a pro bowler or a Julian Edelman or Wes Welker as much as like to compare every small white guy to these players, remember Jordan Shipley? Another player I heard these same comparisons too, I think he works at Home Depot now

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    flashgordon

    A guy I’ve thought about bringing up as a sleeper is Freddie Martino. His college highlights, for whatever reason, don’t excite me that much, actually. He tested out as just under 4.4 forty time(for what it’s worth); his college stats are off the charts, but unfortunately, he’s ‘very’ small school. But, he did catch a Td from Tebow with the Eagles . . . it’s interesting neither the Eagles or the Falcons held on to him, because as far as I can tell with the Bucs, he’s been making an impression on Koetter(and probably the Wr coach, Glennon, Winston, you name it . . . !)

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    1. 4.1

      flashgordon

      Lavonte David surpassing Derrick Brooks is only because Derrick Brooks has given all his knowledge to him. Not that Lavonte didn’t bring the mind and genes along with him.

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      1. 4.1.1

        flashgordon

        Somewhat similarly, some of Winston’s success could be attributed to Glennon willing to impart all his experience to Winston. I forget where I read that.

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        1. 4.1.1.1

          flashgordon

          Further, Koetter has used the Gruden lesson of using vets to train the youth, by bringing in Grimes to teach Hargreaves.

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          1. 4.1.1.1.1

            flashgordon

            I don’t know if Jon Gruden innovated bringing in vets to teach the youth; but, that was something he really tried to do. I find that his drafting wasn’t good enough to do this though.

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        flashgordon

        I meant to say, Lavonte David’s surpassing of Derrick Brooks is because he stands on the shoulder’s of a Giant – namely, Derrick Brooks.

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    JasonOfthetower

    There’s definitely a lot of doubt about Koetter outside One Buc. But from PR’s reports, I really love a lot of things he’s implemented. The players seem to really like playing for him and he comes across as a Bruce Arians type – someone who had been looked over for a long time that deserved a shot.

    SR, what is your opinion on Koetter? Do you think he is the coach that can get us back to the playoffs?

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    1. 5.1

      jongruden

      Jason- I live in AZ and also root for the Cards and know Arians well as far as his personality in the media etc I also know Koeter from his ASU days, please don’t use that comparison as its not a comparison

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    Iabucfan

    There were some fine coaches on the 2002 Championship team. This list is headed up by Jon Gruden and Monte Kiffin. But they also had Mike Tomlin, Rod Marinelli, Joe Berry, Bill Muir, Richard Bisaccia and Raheem Morris. I hope we have some all-stars on this staff.
    I remember that touchdown pass that Jameis threw to Humphries. I remember how impressed I was with Jameis because he had an easy, and safer, path to the end zone. Jameis has been so impressive and selfless. I wonder, if presented with the same situation, whether or not Cam Newton would of done the same thing. The team mates in the locker room saw how hard Humphries worked and how Jameis rewarded it. That has to have a positive effect.
    On the Buzz Worthy Bucs, I would of loved to seen Jameis, Aguayo, Evans. Also, I guess it’s difficult to put offensive linemen on the list since there are no pads on. But, I am happy to see those that are on it.
    Go Bucs!!!!

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    1. 6.1

      chetthevette

      Cam “crybaby” Newton would have ran it in and did some ridiculaus dap, or some weak Super man stuff. He was a “crybaby” at Florida and has always shown to be immature “crybaby”.

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    pinkstob

    I thought Fab 2 was very good analysis. It was an apples to apples comparison; you didn’t drop the last season for David because he missed two games or only include the last two seasons because they were the only seasons where they both played in Tampa 2. You put it all out there and compared every aspect of the position: tackles, INT’s, FF, etc. That’s the kind of no agenda, non-biased breakdown I would like to see in every article. That’s the way it used to be on PR on every article.

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  8. 8

    Horse

    A very solid Fab 5 Scott; really enjoyed it. The unknown for me is still the DL and next the Safety position. Both of these positions in my opinion needed a big upgrade; I hope we have enough there. Go Bucs!

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    cgmaster27

    Great Fab 5 as always. Humphries was one of my favorite players last year and everyone lovers the little guy that works his ass off and gets some good shots. He was very clutch on third downs and with the majority of his catches going for first downs, he was money. I personally am rooting for him in 4 receiver sets, and he will probably start, but I really want to see what Kenny Bell is about this year.
    Great breakdown of Lavonte and Derrick in their early years. You hit every stat, as Pink said above, and really made a good comparison considering he played in the same defense as Derrick played in. I think it’s even more impressive because, in today’s passing league, Lavonte would have to make way more tackles in space than Derrick. Derrick would probably be making many more plays at the line, merely based on the way the game is played those days. Don’t get me wrong, Derrick could cover like a shadow, ever since his days at FSU.
    For Fab 3, it doens’t surprise me that our secondary guys look better, they actually have someone there to teach them to to freaking play! When I heard them mention Lovie didn’t even go over back peddling because he didn’t use it, absolutely blew my mind and made me fully realize why the slants where killing us. Really like to hear Hargreaves making plays. I didn’t like the pick , but he’s a Buc now and I’m excited to see him work. Vitale is the one I really want to see this year. I think he will be very special in this offense.
    I mean think about it guys, you have him at FB, Charles Simms at RB, both split out on third down. And Evans, VJ, and who ever our slot guy turns out to be out wide. The possibilities are pretty staggering.
    That superbowl team was a dream team from top to bottom. That coaching staff was incredible.

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    1. 9.1

      jongruden

      Glad to see you remove the hatred for Gator Players Hat and root for them when they become Bucs I had to do the same for Winston as I always hated FSU ha, btw I didn’t like the Hargreaves pick either rather would have had Karl Joseph

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        cgmaster27

        Not so much a hate for Florida playes , just that Hargreaves in particular didn’t look good in the games that I watched, which were a few for being an FSU fan. Heck I don’t care who the bucs draft, the minute they do, they’re a buc to me . Can’t hold it against players that they went to the little sister of the Florida schools. Haha.

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    BucWild02

    I think a pattern is starting to emerge that will define this head coach’s philosophy…MULTIPLE.
    Offensive lineman cross training at multiple OL positons. WR’s range from 5’10 to 6’5 with speed from 4.3 to 4.5. TE’s like Brate and ASJ can catch or block. Doug Martin is working on his hands out of the backfield. Winston is working on a moving pocket. I think it’s brilliant. It gives the Bucs a chance to win on every down and not be predictable on offense. On defense, we have heard the term “multiple” since the arrival of Mike Smith. Early on people asked if he would employ a 4-3 or a 3-4? He has said that DE will sometimes shift to DT. DE can be expected to drop into coverage occasionally. LB’s could have their hand in the dirt and be on the line of scrimmage at times. There is a DB and a Secondary coach. There is not a specific positional coach for CB, Nickle, or Safety. This team should be fun and not predictable like the teams of the recent past.

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  11. 11

    esquandolas4

    Well fellas it’s been a long road for this ‘rebuilding’ process that we’ve been undergoing for the past 8 or more seasons, but I think this year I can actually say that I feel somewhat happy about the talent that we are trotting out on the field this year, save for a few spots here or there. We have legitimate high caliber ball players all over the field. Let’s not forget about the stud we finally have behind center for the first time since…. ever? I consider myself a Bucs optimist, almost to a fault at times. However, after so many years of heartbreak I honestly and truly feel that we are on the brink of having a year-in-year-out playoff contending team coming up the pike.

    If we can keep ourselves relatively healthy and have our coaching work out as it looks it should, there is no reason why we can’t shock the league sooner rather than later. Once again it all comes back to the biggest piece of the puzzle hopefully finally being in place with Jameis. I know it’s only underwear football at this time but this Fab 5 in particular has been extremely positive and is really pumping me up!

    If we can gel this season and continue to build I can see all of our pain and suffering ending sooner rather than later. This is an exciting time to be a Buccaneer faithful, and I for one am all aboard this pirate ship. Dirk steer us into the breeze and let’s see where this ship ends up!

    GO BUCS!

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    scubog

    With Mini-Camp in the books we might as well go into football hibernation. This off-season has been comparatively ho-hum. No arrests, no hold-outs, no trade demands. no woulda, coulda, shoulda Draft debates, no injuries, no childish off-field antics, not even a Miko Grimes rant. We can all take a nap for the next six weeks. Sing me a lullaby jonnyg.

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    surferdudes

    I believe this will be the year we turn the corner. I’m reminded by my wife that I say it every year, then lie crushed in my recliner, tears on my jersey. My hope still springs eternal, this year feels different. After Sunday’s US open, and game seven, it’s over for the next six weeks. Happy father’s day everyone, have a fun safe summer.

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    drdneast

    chetthevette, I couldn’t agree with you more in regards to Newton. I despise the guy because he is such a narcissist.
    He in the only QB in the league who acts in such a way. The rest are very humble and are quick to shine the spotlight on their teammates.
    But not Newton. Like all narcissists, it’s all about him and his coach is his biggest enabler.
    I liken him to Don Johnson’s character in Tin Cup, who hated kids and old people when the camera wasn’t on him.
    As far as Kwon Alexander becoming more of a vocal leader, I hope this is so.
    I’m a fan of McCoy’s but believe the defense needs a more fiery leader with a lot more attitude and edginess. See Ray Lewis, Warren Sapp.
    Let’s face it, McCoy just isn’t that guy and if he has been the so called, “leader” of this defense the last few years, his style hasn’t been very effective.

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    1. 14.1

      chetthevette

      I was going call him a narcissist myself , but I couldn’t spell it. GO BUCS

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    chetthevette

    Fantastic Fab 5. I believe that our WR’s will step up this year. If Hump performs at a level like Edelman’s, I’d be jumping up and down with glee. But I am most excited about receivers out of the backfield. Other team defense’s will go nuts trying figure out who is going to catch the ball.
    Just a word about L. David. It’s a travesty that NFL pundits do not recognize talent when they see it. They cater to big markets and are sycophants to the flavor of the day. It should not be surprising though, the Bucs did not get any respect even after winning it all. Not getting a home Monday night game after we won the SB was just a big bitch slap. Loved the outcome though, smacking down Philly in their new stadium was sweet.
    Kind of went on a rant there about the unjust treatment small market teams get. Just for fun I Tivo’d NFL Today on ESPN and fast forward through. Dallas had a segment everyday. EVERYDAY. Man I hate Dallas.
    GO BUCS

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    scubog

    chetthvette: There was a similar lack of recognition of Paul Gruber and James Wilder who toiled on some poor Bucs teams. Not only are we the only Superbowl winner who had to play on the road first game of the following season, there was no White House visit either.

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    1. 16.1

      chetthevette

      Forgot about White House snub. The Bucs are like Rodney. Get no respect.
      GO BUCS

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    Horse

    Winning has a lot to do with everything.

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    drdneast

    I believe the reason the Bucs didn’t get an invite to the white house was because there was a silly stupid war going on at the time that our village idiot of a President conjured up.

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    robertbucsfan

    Funny and unfortunately true

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    plopes808

    I look forward to the battle between Hump/Bell/Reedy for the slot. Although Bell may be used more on the outside as a possible future replacement for VJax. Jameis has many more weapons this year than he did last year. As long as the Dougernaught can maintain his performance, our passing game should make another leap or two

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