Posts From Mark Cook

Kenny Bell Highlight Reel (Video)

6 comments 📅May 2, 2015 2:12 pm

The Buccaneers wanted to add some speed to their receiving corps and did so with the selection of Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver, Kenny Bell.

Below is a career highlight video for the lanky but blazing-fast Bell.

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Kwon Alexander Highlights (Video)

2 comments 📅May 2, 2015 12:38 pm

The Buccaneers added to their linebacking depth with the addition of former LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander. The Oxford, Ala. native was a two-year starter at outside linebacker and earned All-SEC honors leading the Tigers with 90 tackles in 2014 as a junior.

Below is a highlight video of a hame versus Georgia.

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Could The Bucs Be Looking To Trade Back Into First Round?

9 comments 📅April 29, 2015 11:51 am

Outback Bowl - Iowa v LSUMuch of the pre-draft speculation surrounding the Bucs has been about if Tampa Bay plans on selecting a quarterback, or trading down to acquire additional selections. But very little has been said about their Friday plans, which starts with owning the 34th overall selection.

This week SI.com’s Peter King dropped a small nugget when he wrote, ” I think Tennessee, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville, three of the first four teams in the second round, all have inquired with late-first-round teams about trading up into the bottom of the first round. I’ll be following that in the hours before the draft.”

The Buccaneers have a number of needs, with offensive line being a priority. Most would agree this year’s draft doesn’t have a Walter Jones-type franchise top five tackle, but there is a ton of value later in the first round. Stanford’s Andrus Peat, Florida’s D.J. Humphries, Pitt’s T.J. Clemmings and LSU’s La’el Collins are thought to be 15-32 picks, and one of those could be a target for Tampa Bay if King’s report is accurate.

Tampa Bay could also be looking to address the pass rush and with a number of pass rushers beginning to drop due to some off-the-field issues, the Bucs could see names like Shane Ray and Randy Gregory still on the boards in the latter half of the first round.

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Tampa Restaurant Promises Winston Crab Legs

11 comments 📅April 26, 2015 9:13 am

For those Bucs fans worrying about Jameis Winston raiding area Publix supermarkets if he is in fact the Bucs No. 1 draft pick on Thursday night, have no fear. According to TMZ.com, Skipper’s Smokehouse off of Skipper Road and Nebraska Avenue has Winston’s wants covered.crablegs

Skipper’s owner, a 1968 FSU graduate, is reportedly “gonna hook him up with all the legs he can eat.”

You can checkout Skipper’s Smokehouse here, a place I highly recommend. Not just for the crab legs but the fried gator tail, oysters and a killer Key Lime pie. They also have a great outdoors music venue. Okay, that’s enough free advertising for them.

Five more days Bucs fans. Just five more days.

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(Podcast) Cook Talks Bucs’ Draft With 104.3 In Denver

5 comments 📅April 25, 2015 7:32 am

PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook 104.3 The Fan in Denver to discuss the Buccaneers and their overall No. 1 pick in next thursday night’s NFL Draft. Cook discussed Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota and shared who he thinks the bucs will select.

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Alstott To Announce Bucs’ Second Round Pick Next Week

3 comments 📅April 23, 2015 12:12 pm

Alstott runs with ballIn the last few years the NFL has brought in former draft choices to announce team’s second round picks. John Lynch, Dexter Jackson and Derrick Brooks have been some of the previous Tampa Bay players to make the call from the podium, and this year former great Mike Alstott will be announcing Tampa Bay’s first pick on day two of the NFL Draft which begins next Thursday night in Chicago.

Alstott, a second round pick out of Purdue in 1996, was a Bucs’ fan favorite and still remains one of the most popular players in the franchise’s history. Affectionately known as the “A-Train” Alstott ran for 5,088 yards and scored 58 touchdowns during his Bucs career. During his time in Tampa Bay, Alstott made six Pro Bowls and helped the Bucs earn a Lombardi Trophy in 2002.

Here is brief Alstott highlight video to remind Bucs fans of his style.

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Winston Crab Legs Caper Solved?

36 comments 📅April 22, 2015 10:08 am

jwcrab1When making a list of issues former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had while attending FSU, the theft of crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix has drawn the most laughs and internet memes. All jokes aside, a Heisman winning quarterback, who is most likely the most recognizable face in a small college town walking out without paying for merchandise is a bit concerning – on the surface. But was it an actual theft?

On the latest edition of ESPN’s “Draft Academy” that aired Tuesday night, former 49ers head coach and current coach at Michigan Jim Harbaugh put Winston through some simulated questioning as they prepared for interviews that would take place at the then upcoming February NFL Combine. The topic of the theft of crab legs came up and Winston made a revelation.

“Well, a week before it was my buddy’s birthday and we had got a cake and we met a dude that worked inside Publix and he said, ‘Hey, anytime you come in here, I got you.’ So that day we just walked out and he hooked us up with that. And when I came in to get crab legs, I did the same thing and he just gave them to me and I walked out. And someone from inside the store had told the security that I didn’t pay for them. And that’s how the whole thing started.”

FSU fans and others have speculated for some time that this was most likely the case. What does this mean for Winston? Most likely nothing. In fact, it may ease the fears of some who were concerned that Winston could have a problem with shoplifting (see Cowboys Joseph Randle). And although most of us have had a friend hookup, it still doesn’t excuse Winston’s action, hookup or not. As FSU’s “face of the franchise” it clearly, at the very least, showed poor judgement on his part, but now some of the questions have been answered for the general public, as the Buccaneers surely knew the full story way before the ESPN special aired.

To see Winston’s explanation watch the below video.

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Licht On Winston: “I Don’t Think He Is A Bad Person”

8 comments 📅April 21, 2015 9:47 am

With just nine days before the Buccaneers hand in their selection to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the annual NFL Draft on April 30, the talk is still all about the quarterbacks.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht joined Rick Stroud and Tom Jones on WDAE 620AM/95.3FM’s Sports Page morning show on Tuesday and discussed the upcoming draft.
ProFootballTalk.com recently had a controversial Jameis Winston-Marcus Mariota comparison – Photo by: Getty Images
In the interview Licht noted that it isn’t just Jameis Winston the team has been spending a ton of time learning about.

“Believe it or not the general public thinks we’ve spent 90 percent of our time on Jameis Winston, but we’ve spent almost as equal amount of time getting to know Marcus Mariota,” Licht told Stroud and Jones. “There’s more things with Jameis off the field that we had to become comfortable with than Marcus, but still no matter who you’re taking if we’re taking one of those two with the quarterback position you need to know everything about them.”

Licht was asked about his feelings on Winston’s immaturity  issues that plagued him during his time in Tallahassee.

“We’ve all said that we feel comfortable and he’s been a lot of fun to be around.  Since 2012 he’s grown up significantly and since this past season he’s grown significantly.  I would lean toward being immature, I don’t think he’s a bad person.  I’m not giving away our hand on who were taking, but he’s been somebody that we’ve really gotten to know and we feel more and more comfortable every time we’re around him.”

Also of note, in the interview Licht addresses the picture that was circulating last night of Ben Dogra wearing a Bucs hat and posing with an Adrian Peterson jersey.

You can listen to the full interview by clicking here.

 

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HOF GMs Wolf And Polian Split On The Winston Mariota Debate

8 comments 📅April 20, 2015 7:47 am

Rising Agricultural Costs Force Food Prices HigherSI.com’s Peter King served up a warm plate of his Monday Morning Quarterback column today, and as been the case of late, it came with a small slice of Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston on the side.

King spoke to Hall of Fame general manager former Colts top dog Bill Polian, and also former Bucs GM Ron Wolf about Tampa Bay’s upcoming decision in the 2015 NFL Draft. Both GMs have been been in the Bucs’ situation, and both ended up identifying future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Polian with Peyton Manning and Wolf who saw the potential of Brett Favre.

Polian told King it was very close, but preferred Mariota by a small Margin, and Wolf said the same thing but preferred Jameis Winston.

To read the reasoning behind both of their decisions, make sure to check out King’s latest MMQB.

10 days and counting Bucs fans. Just 10 more days.

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Wonderlic Scores Leaked; Both Mariota, Winston Do Well On IQ Test

8 comments 📅April 14, 2015 10:43 pm

For those on either side of the Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota debate that wanted to use intelligence to help their cause, you will have to look elsewhere, as both players performed well on the Wonderlic test given at the NFL Combine.
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The former Duck took Winston in the head-to-head matchup, reportedly scored a 33 with Winston checking in with a respectable 27.

According to Wikipedia, “The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test (formerly known as the Wonderlic Personnel Test) is a popular group intelligence test used to assess the aptitude of prospective employees for learning and problem-solving in a range of occupations. . It consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes.”

The average score for NFL quarterback is a 24, and surprisingly offensive linemen have historically had the highest average score with a 27. One person in NFL history scored a perfect 50, that being former Bengals punter Pat McInally, a Harvard grad.

Some notable NFL players scores include Drew Brees and Peyton Manning reportedly scoring 28 on their tests, while Tony Romo came in with a 37 and Aaron Rodgers scoring a 37.

To see an example of the Wonderlic and see how you score, click here. And no, I am not revealing my score, but let’s just say I am no offensive lineman.

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