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Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com 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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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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    RootsCrew

    In regards to DJax I think fans aren’t being realistic with expectations. Yes we’d all love for Jameis to hit DJax on a 40 yard bomb, but those simply aren’t high percentage throws. He’ll miss them more than he hits them. I do think their chemistry will be better. Just have to be patient. It’s still only been 4 games. Practice speed/pressure isn’t the same as game speed.

    A quick look at DJax’s 4 game stats show that he’s literally on the same pace as he was in 2016. His influence per game won’t always be a deep bomb TD. Patience.

    2016:
    15/243/1TD/16.2 avg
    6/102
    3/40
    5/96
    1/5

    2017:
    14/249/1TD/17.8 avg
    3/39
    4/84
    2/20
    5/106

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      Pick6

      yes, DJax is much more volatile from game to game than a guy like Mike Evans, but he can impact the gameplan without catching a pass some days once people actually fear that deep strike from Jameis. I was watching the highlights from last season posted in this article, and we’ve yet to see the same kind of beautiful in stride throws that Cousins made to set up Jackson’s most impressive plays. Just 2 completions like that in the next couple of weeks will have DBs on their heels for the rest of the year

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        RootsCrew

        Yep. Cousins throws a different deep ball than Jameis. I’ve noticed Jameis throws his deep shots a bit flat and there is no time for DJax to adjust once the ball is in the air. Cousin’s have more air under them, so even if they were off target, DJax could change his route to catch it. Gotta start hitting them.

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    drdneast

    Great stats and research RootsCrew.
    With those numbers, you have to wonder why the diva was complaining so much about how little he was used prior to the Pats game.
    It is my belief the Bucs staff tried to force Jackson into the game plan Monday night which caused the offense to look a little disjointed.
    I swear it even seems like some of the fans would rather Jackson catch a 50 yard TD pass than to win the game. In fact, I’m not so sure the diva Jackson doesn’t feel the same way.

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      Buc 1976

      I totally agree DrD. D.Jax IMO he is not as much a team player as he should be. Point 1 missing OTA’S with a new team, point 2 pitching a fit on the sidelines. I am not sure but it wouldn’t surprise me if he is in Jameis ear alot. I had reservations about him coming here. Also he is keeping Godwin off the field. I hope I’m wrong. GO BUCS!

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      Naplesfan

      Pretty much most star wide receivers tend to be divas, though Mike Evans seems to be from a little different mold. They all want the ball all the time.

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      Pick6

      i don’t think he was miffed about his usage, just that he probably felt like when he did get something thrown his way it was off target. I’ll give the dude the benefit of the doubt, and honestly i’d rather have a guy fired up about not getting his chance to help beat an opponent than an indifferent 31 year old WR passively counting his millions from what is probably his last NFL contract

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    bucballer

    For the Bucs to truly start rolling… they need DJax to become a vital part of the offense! He caught that deeper Slant across the middle… and my boy turned on another gear… he’s fast man… need him to be part of offense. Djax, Evans, Brate, and OJ cause matchup problems fo sure!

    Welcome back P. Murray…my God we just need our kicker to be routine… every kick…including Extra Points are an adventure! Just do your job my man! Good Luck!

    Lastly, I really think the Bucs should have a Rhino package for 4th and 1… like Marpet or Sweezy at FB in back field…alla The Fridge William Perry…why not??? Nothing wrong with Jamesis on the QB Sneak… he’s a big boy… were only talking about a 1 yard… their recent attempts leave a lot to be desired…I’m just saying

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    drdneast

    Well, that other gear didn’t prevent him from getting caught from behind.
    Listening to Cook on e Ronnie and Tkras show yesterday and he reported that because of the missed OTA’s, Jackson my still be a bit behind on the playbook. That might have been what contributed to the INT against the Vikings because Winston sure did look perplexed after it happened.

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