There is something called being humble. Then there is Gerald McCoy “humble.”

Some might even say a little crazy.

“I always just try to stay in that rookie mindset,” McCoy said. “Always willing to learn more, knowing that I can learn more and just doing my best to learn more. I’m not Gerald McCoy, I’m number 93 on a 91-man roster trying to make the team. And then once I make the team, then I’ll be Gerald McCoy, then I’ll be a Buccaneer, but until then I’m just another guy trying to make the team.”

Uh, yeah. That’s the equivalent of Jimi Hendrix saying, I can strum a guitar, or Claude Monet saying, I dabble in paints.

Whether literally or figuratively, McCoy’s talk of making the team is just that – talk. Short of Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter being kidnapped by aliens and replaced with Sean Payton designed and programmed robots, McCoy is making the Bucs in 2018. But if that is what McCoy tells himself daily to motivate him to work hard each day, so be it.

But note to McCoy – you are going to make the team. I think you got this pretty easy.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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3 years ago

I am pleased how McCoy has accepted everything Buckner can teach him and I hope it results in double digit sacks by him along with more tackles to stop the run too. He should be able to jump and knock down passes with his height, too!

3 years ago

This is a perfect example of why Gerald’s better comparison is to Lee Roy, not Warren.