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Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    nybuccguy

    VH3 has become the Achilles heal of our defense. QBs know they can just light him up. He needs to be benched before he loses us any more football games.

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    Horse

    Tell him to play closer to the line of scrimmage and if he can’t then put somebody else in who will.
    I am a little surprised Coach Smith is kind of throwing Hargreaves under the bus and he himself as a coach isn’t taking any responsibility. Maybe I’m reading too much into what was actually said.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      He did not say it as condemning as we translated it to. But, if we ask him whether or not depth in corner play is by design or if that’s on the player, and he says that specific depth in a corner’s drop isn’t strict by design, then we can reason that Hargreaves playing as far off as he does is him just being afraid to get beat deep (which you could then get into safety play, and we know I’m not the biggest fan of how they pay their safeties currently, so it spirals from there, for me).

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        Horse

        That’s what I was thinking. This makes more cense since I usually see Hargreaves on his own island;. I don’t believe that was ever the plan if we had a pass rush.

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    gafikdetail

    all the corners are playing way off… not just VH3

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      cgmaster27

      The difference is that Grimes has the athletic ability and instincts to make up for that space. Hargreaves does not just yet. We hope he can come to it, but you can’t teach speed, he needs to be a bit closer as they are just barbecuing him on slants.

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    Alldaway 2.0

    That is a big fail from Coach Smith.

    It is his defense and he is responsible for making adjustments with the 31st pass defense in the NFL.

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    Buc 1976

    If the pass rush improves the DB will benefit from it. Bucs really need some D Linemen to step up. If Kwon is healthy the D will be better he just seems to be the spark for our defense.

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    drdneast

    Typical New York knee jerk reaction to any problem nybuccfan. Much like our moronic President from New York. Don’t think, just react.
    So who are you going to replace him with and if you think he is better, don’t you think the coaches would already have him in there.
    Geeesh, no wonder are country is in so much chaos. You think like he does.

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      scubog

      You have a real knack for weaving your political views into a comment about a cornerbacks depth. Herein you are able to sweep a broad brush stereotype over the residents of largest city in the country, yet fail to exclude the city’s mayor whose view on governing you no doubt share. Love it when you stick to football.

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    surferdudes

    Guys, he’s 4 games into his second year, let’s cut him some slack. I think it’s good Smith is letting his corners find their comfort zone with the space they put between themselves, and the receivers. I’m sure this comes easier to Grimes, but VH will get there. As he grows within the system, and himself, he’ll find that sweet spot. We all hope it comes sooner, rather then later, but I’m sure that light will come on.

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      Naplesfan

      VHIII will have to get better. I think he will, but we’ll see. There are some legitimate reasons why he’s played off coverage (as gafikdetail wrote, it’s not just VHIII playing off) as explained by Trevor. With Justin Evans playing strong and TJ Ward coming back from injury, maybe we’ll get closer to the Goldilocks secondary we all fervently wish for.

      Getting more pass rush would also help. Better last week, but still needs improvement. We should be knocking off 4 sacks and a dozen QB hits a game. That’s when a good secondary starts to shine, taking advantage of rattled/rushed quarterbacks.

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    surferdudes

    Politics, and religion two topics that should never be discussed with strangers. Since the can is open, I’d just like to stick up for the people of N.Y.. They didn’t vote for the “moron”, not my words.

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