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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

    Nice insight on the evolution of the roster to more versatile players, Scott. It’ll be interesting to see how fast the team adapts to these changes. Maybe there is some logic to idea that players who are more flexible are actually better suited for change and can pick up a new system quicker? My concern is how quickly this team will come together schematically under the pressure of the regular season.

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    knight

    Great Fab 5 once again! I really look forward to them every week. The patriots don’t have speed at WR but use quickness at the position either beasts at TE. I see TB using beasts everywhere with speed in the slot. I can’t wait to see the O operate in its second year. I’m also excited to see the difference in the Defense. I truly believe the great teams have not only good players, but good schemes AND consistency! Something TB has been lacking in all 3 phases. I think we are on the cusp of something special! In Licht we trust, GO BUCS!!

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  3. 3

    ARod930

    There is no way Humphries beats out Murphy for the third WR spot unless Murphy is still rehabbing from the ACL injury.

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    1. 3.1

      toofamiliar17

      Huh? You say that as if Murphy is some dynamo. His career best season was 41 catches for 601 yards, and that was the #1 receiving option in his offense at that time. That was also 6 years ago. Since then, he’s never caught more than 31 passes or gained 400 yards. He’s not a special teams contributor. He’s 29 years old. He doesn’t have one truly excellent skill outside of being faster than most players. In what world is a player of Murphy’s talent a lock to make the roster over a young, inexpensive, promising, versatile player like Humphries?

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  4. 4

    muvlodge

    Imo, they may need to keep Murphy & Humphries and axe freaking Dye. He is not bringing a whole lot to the table if you ask me. Now if he would have caught the majority of the balls that came his way we wouldn’t even be talking about this right now and we possibly may have won another game or two…his drops were at key moments, I could bring wrong but one of them would have iced a game or put us in position to maybe win it with a short fg. He can get open but catching it seems to be an issue.

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    1. 4.1

      toofamiliar17

      Dye isn’t even listed on the projected roster, so he’s been cut, too. I like PR’s take here. Murphy is a below average player. We have a fair amount of young, promising talent that I’d much rather have on the roster than an aging, limited, relatively expensive player coming off major knee surgery.

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  5. 5

    pinkstob

    I always thought the Patriots sustained success had to do more with these four things:
    1. Being able to adjust their game plan week to week with the focus on exploiting their opponents weaknesses. Nobody does that better than Belichik which is where the player versatility helps.
    2. Bending or breaking the rules.
    3. Keeping their intentions secret. This applies to minimizing talking to the media for both players and personnel, as well as keeping injuries, trade and draft plans secret.
    4. Their talent-to-cost ratio is better than everyone else’s year after year by convincing aging veterans who have already gotten paid on other teams to play for less in New England and in return you get the best shot to play for the Super Bowl.
    So I’ve never bought into the Tom Brady being a key to New England’s success. I think Belichik is the goose that lays the golden eggs up there. I’ve believed this since Belichik went 11-5 without Tom Brady and Cassel flamed out elsewhere. Tom Brady is good, but I don’t see him taking two teams to four Super Bowls with four different head coaches the way Peyton Manning has done without the benefit of the four things I listed above that Belichik provides.

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    1. 5.1

      pinkstob

      On a side note, I think even though the correct spelling was presented in the article I subconsciously misspelled “Belichick’s” name about 100 times because despite everything I said I still can’t stand the guy.

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    2. 5.2

      e

      It’s interesting that Brady is going on his sixteenth year and he has never had to face a franchise QB in his own division in all of that time. Every team in the NFC South has a franchise QB. I wonder how his career would have looked in a tougher division?

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      1. 5.2.1

        jongruden

        e- when you get to the playoffs you face franchise qb’s, haters all over this board just give the man credit where credit is due I’m tired of hearing all the excuses why the Pats or Brady are so good, same stupid stuff I heard with Montana and Walsh in the 80’s, hilarious

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        1. 5.2.1.1

          e

          Jon, with no franchise QBs to ever have to contend with in his own division; by insane luck, assures that he would have a much easier time of it, over those sixteen years, to gain higher playoff seeds and an easier road through the playoffs. I’m not saying that he’s not one of the best to play the game; I’m just saying that his stats and wins would be tempered if he played, say, in the AFC north for the last sixteen years?

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    3. 5.3

      jongruden

      Pinkstob- Check out Cassels stats with Kc in his first yr he had 27 td’s and 6 int’s so the flamed out comment is dumb, the worst comment you made was “Brady is good but not a Manning” are fricken serious? Manning has had number one draft picks at rb, all wr positions and TE, who did Brady throw too in his first two sb’s? Deion Branch, Bethel Johnson, David Givens, Brown etc give me a break. The head coach is irrelevant when it comes to qb’s are you gonna tell me Rodgers is great because of the head coach? please! I’m done I have better things to read, I will never read any comments you post again as you just lost all credibility

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      1. 5.3.1

        jongruden

        btw- Head coach was Lovie for Winston are you to tell me Winston had a good yr cause of Lovie?

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      2. 5.3.2

        jongruden

        correction Cassel had in his second yr 27 td’s and 7 int’s compared to this supposedly unbelievable yr he had in NE with 21 td’s and 11 int’s

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      3. 5.3.3

        LordJim

        He also had first round running backs and tight ends, several high-round o linemen and knew where to go with the ball every time in the hurry-up because they were cheating.

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    4. 5.4

      toofamiliar17

      I agree with all of those observations about the Pats. I think you left out the biggest one, though, at least from a roster standpoint – constantly trading back in the draft. Trading up in the draft is, in the long run, horribly inefficient. Teams give up more value than they get the vast majority of the time when they trade up. Belichick recognizes this and, over the course of his time running the show in New England, has taken full advantage of needy, over eager teams who target individual -players rather than trusting their board. As a result, they always have more opportunities to find good players than other teams do, and they always have excellent depth.

      Like I said, I’m with everything else you said, especially your first point. I think you’re way too hard on Brady. If you look at Brady’s numbers in games against great QB’s, I’d be willing to bet my life savings that he was great there, too.

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  6. 6

    Horse

    Enjoyed this Fab 5; my only thought is we keep 5 LB’s and 10 DL’s because Spence will get some LB time in too. I hope we dump Glennon before the pre season ends because we really only need 2 QB’s and that third one is sitting on the PS.

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  7. 7

    WinstonMVP

    Great Fab 5!

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  8. 8

    stone1

    man the safeties are sad

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  9. 9

    drdneast

    Jongruden. we see ye to eye on this inane Brady debate.
    The last time I checked, none of the AFC East division teams QB’s were playing on defense either.
    People don’t like Brady simply because he is so successful has a beautiful wife and what some perceive to be a perfect life.
    Such observations of people bring out envy and contempt because they compare them to their own.
    On a more interesting and perceptive note jongruden, I was wondering if you read all the superlatives that were thrown Luke Stocker’s way by his teammates.
    Arrrrgh, OMG, what have I done.
    As Admiral Yamamoto said after Pearl Harbor, “I believe we have woken a sleeping giant.”
    Arod930, why don’t you think Humphries can’t beat out Murphy for the third receiver slot.
    is it all of the number of catches he has made over the last two years.
    Listen, I like Murphy, but his play is inconsistent and he disappears at times during two or three game stretches for some reason.
    He also seems a bit brittle.

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    1. 9.1

      scubog

      And here I thought you’d have disdain for a guy who is too rich, too good looking and too lucky at love. It’s just not fair. There should be free plastic surgery available for ugly people. As Flip Wilson used to say, “You ugly people know who you are.”

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      1. 9.1.1

        cgmaster27

        I was thinking the same thing Scu. The man talks about envy when all he does is complain about how rich the Glazers are. I say again, what a hypocrite.

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    2. 9.2

      pinkstob

      I based what I said off of what I saw on the field like I always do, nothing more. I couldn’t pick Tom Brady’s wife out of a lineup. The same goes for every other NFL player’s wife unless she was famous prior to them getting married. Is Tom Brady’s wife in a popular movie or something I could reference?
      I doubt any NFL player’s wife looks any better than mine, at least not in my eyes anyway. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I have very specific tastes.

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      1. 9.2.1

        macabee

        Now take my wife! In the words of the late Jewish comedian Henny Youngman,”Take my wife … please”. lol.

        The thing I like about PR and it’s special group of posters – you never know what you’re going to get!

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        1. 9.2.1.1

          jme0151

          Well in these comments…apparently not a whole lot!!!! Good Fab 5 PR. Enjoyed it.

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    3. 9.3

      jongruden

      Its against the code to run another team mate in ground, ever hear a team mate say his team mate shouldn’t be in the league he sucks? Neither have I, Stocker 60 yds for the year nuff said

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  10. 10

    RB4TampaBay

    Another very interesting Fab 5, I enjoy these and always look forward to the next ones.

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  11. 11

    scubog

    Like the e-Trade baby, let me show you my shocked face. Here we have an article making positive statements about Luke Stocker followed by four separate comments from the Stocker Stalker (jonnyg) yet no mention of the blocking TE.

    Fun trying to predict the 53 man roster. I once won a contest with the old It’s Sports Magazine, the great grandfather of Pewter Report.

    I think Russel Shepard will have a tough time unless his WR skills improve enough to match his Special Teams play.

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    1. 11.1

      toofamiliar17

      He’s our best special teamer. Unless a couple other players surprise and can replicate that, he’s a lock for the roster. His role is very unheralded, much like that of the steady blocking TE (in our case, Stocker), but teams value it, and with good reason. You need special teams aces.

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  12. 12

    Horse

    Scubog;I remember when I got my first one Sports Magazine; I thought I’d had died and gone to heaven. I remember glued to my AM radio station listening for any new s about the Bucs from Mark Champion, our radio host; also ole Ted Webb. Ah, those were the days of just a little bit of knowledge going a long ways.

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    1. 12.1

      scubog

      I did the same thing Horse. Back in those days Bucs news was very limited.

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  13. 13

    drdneast

    macabee, my ex wife used to love to talk dirty to me when she was having sex….usually called me from a hotel room. Rim shot please.
    Scubog. Brady worked hard for his athletic achievement and his money. That is an American success story.
    He was born with his boyish good looks which he had nothing to do with and I don’t believe he is a narcissist about like so many reality stars and a certain politician are.
    I abhor the rich who are born on third base and act like they hit a triple in life like so many of those types do. You many refer back to the above paragraph mentioning the politician.
    People with simple minds make simple assumptions. Life is so much more complex and so are the solutions to many problems.
    Sound bytes and cute derogatory names rarely get anything monumental or meaningful accomplished.

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    1. 13.1

      scubog

      drdneast: Even sarcasm with a subtle hint towards your political views offends you. So let me get this straight. If one earns his money with hard work by taking advantage of his natural born traits that often include ” oversized balls” that’s acceptable to you? See, we do think alike.

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  14. 14

    Horse

    drdneast; you sound like you have a very high concept that your intelligence has worth?
    Go back to the simple mind and enjoy what you have missed.

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    drdneast

    OK Horse, I’ll try to dumb myself down like the rest of America.
    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” .
    “I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.” H. L. Mencken
    Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/h_l_mencken.html. moted journalist, satirist. cultural critic and scholar of American English.
    You crack me up Horse.

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    drdneast

    Oh yes, Mencken was also a good friend of all people, Ayn Rand.
    If you don’t know who that is Horse, ask Scubog. He probably has every book written by her and a poster of her in his living room.

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    Horse

    drdneast; there really is no need to insult people. Are you this insecure you have to hype you are smarter than most posters? I’m just curious as to why you judge others so much?

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  18. 18

    Dbuc63

    drdneast- Here’s a quote for you; “Smart people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, stupid people talk about other people”. Perhaps you can summarize where you fall into.

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    drdneast

    If you take my post personally, well, I really have nothing to tell you.
    I always have found it strange when someone tells you to stay ignorant.
    Well gee whiz Dbuc63, I didn’t mention anyone by name although I did refer to one unnamed individual in an unflterring manner.
    I did mention Scubog, but it wasn’t in a derogatory manner, but just an assumption of someone I thought he might like.
    Believe me, I don’t think I’m smarter than anyone else. I have two daughters who remind me constantly of how ill equipt I am to handle everyday life.

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    1. 19.1

      toofamiliar17

      gee whiz,*
      by name,*
      unflattering*
      “I did mention Scubog, but it wasn’t in a derogatory manner, but just an assumption” = poor diction, remove the second “but”.
      equipped*

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    Horse

    drdneast; lets move on and just keep it about the Bucs. Glasd your kids keep you grounded. You and I are more like than not when it comes to politics, but I learned years ago not to go there unless I know my audience. Sunday will be my wife and I 49th Wedding Anniversary. She keeps me grounded and when she talks, I listen because she is usually right and I’m not. She’s a loyal Buc fan too. Go Bucs!

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    1. 20.1

      cgmaster27

      Happy anniversary Horse! It’s good to see marriages last these days as some people think any time there’s a problem, just bail on the situation.

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    drdneast

    Congratulations on your 49th wedding anniversary, Horse. I mean that sincerely.
    “Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution,” H.L. Mencken.

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    toofamiliar17

    The fluff piece stuff is getting old for me. Seeking out positional versatility among backups and late round picks isn’t a new concept, and it’s certainly not exclusive to the Patriots. Making that direct comparison is silly. The defining organizational decision philosophy can be summed up in one way – trade back in the draft. They’ve always done it, and only very rarely traded up. They put their focus in the draft on trusting their draft board for ALL the players on it, moving back to acquire as many picks as they can, and taking the best guy that falls to them. They only rarely target individual players in specific rounds and decide ahead of time to do essentially whatever it takes to land that guy. Our draft philosophy appears to be more or less exactly opposite that of the most successful team in the sport. Labeling us as Patriots B because we like versatile players (EVERY team likes versatile players) is nothing more than nonsensical fluff. If we want to emulate the Pats, then we need to start letting the draft come to us rather than wasting picks and value by constantly trading up.

    I like the rest of this Fab 5. I have major doubts about Kourtnei Brown being anything other than what he’s been for his entire career thus far – a back of the roster guy who probably won’t stick for too long. But he has shown flashes of promise, and I like taking a closer look at lesser names with maybe some untapped potential like him.

    I also fully expect our TE position as a whole to see a lot more action this year. I’d be shocked if Myers is on the roster come week one, barring a training camp injury (but even then, honestly, I might prefer Tevin Westbrook, who can likely do everything Myers can do as a receiver, maybe more, at a fraction of the cost). This feels like a make or break season for ASJ. I think he’ll be a “make”, but if he isn’t, then it’s tough to envision him being much after three lost seasons to start out. I remember when Tony G said that he is the next big thing at TE in this league. I still really believe in his skill set and think that’s possible.

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    LordJim

    I’m always suspicious of anyone who attempts to emulate any other “winning” franchise (the Steelers with Raheem, the Giants with Schiano, the Old Bucs with Lovie, now the Pats with Licht). We don’t have the advantages of the big-market teams – the Patriots have an insanely powerful and corrupt owner, and the Steelers have one of the largest (if not THE largest) fanbase in the NFL. Without cheating, good calls and ratings you can try to emulate New England and just be San Diego, or try to emulate Pittsburgh and just be Cincinnati (or Carolina – that Super Bowl was very poorly officiated). Why compete with the big boys for personnel when you can never have what puts their philosophies over the top in the close games? I’d rather try and re-invent the wheel, like Baltimore periodically does, New Orleans did with the spread, Seattle did with giant corners and we did with an undersized, fast defense twenty years ago.

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