The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your questions from our Twitter account. You can submit your question each week via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag.

Below are the questions we chose for this week’s edition of the PR Bucs Monday Mailbag. Read them over and offer up your thoughts in the comment section.

Question: Is there any correlation between guys we bring in for visits and guys we actually draft? Do we draft a guy we didn’t visit with?

Answer: Yes and no. Trevor Sikkema in his latest Cover 3 touched on this last week.

“From 2012 to 2016, the Bucs had 39 draft picks. Per Inside the Pylon, eight of those draft picks were brought in for private visits, and two additional private visit players were signed as undrafted free agents. That gave the Bucs a 20.51 percent private visit-to-player selected ratio. Some teams are much higher. For example, the Steelers had nearly half of their selected players in for private visits during that time. The Bills, the Falcons and the Cowboys were next, all above 30 percent.”

One thing we can assume is, if the team is spending money to fly a guy in, there is some interest. There is a occasional visit for the team to maybe collect intel on other players they may have more interest in, but they almost have interest in any player flown in. But, they can’t draft every one they bring in, obviously. And yes, there are a number of players that have been drafted that weren’t flown in for visits. However, it’s more rare the team drafts a player that they don’t have some contact with, whether it be at the East West Shrine, Senior Bowl, Combine or a college pro day.

That isn’t 100 percent though, as Scott Reynolds revealed on our most recent podcast, the Bucs drafted kicker Martin Gramatica in the third round and he said he never had any contact with the Bucs prior to the draft. And I am certain that has happened a number of other times.

Question: I’m curious: how long a visit from a prospect is, being they “work” them out, are they there for the day basically or 3 hours or so?

Question: With Dotson now out for the offseason program, is  Caleb Benenoch going to train primary as the RT, even though he is viewed as the “wild card”?

Answer: That would be our guess. Benenoch can play every position on the line other than center, and probably could be taught that. But, the Bucs were pleased with his play as a fill-in last season. I think they were hoping to give him more reps at guard, especially with J.R. Sweezy’s health still in question. But, if Dotson missed all of the offseason then Benenoch appears to be the “next man up.”

The good news for the team and Dotson is the knee injury isn’t a serious ACL or anything along those lines. It was more of a clean up process, not uncommon for players his age and at his position.

Question: Are the Bucs planning on bringing Saquon Barkley in for a visit?

Answer: They still could, but I think in the case of Barkley, there really aren’t any unanswered questions. He has checked all the proverbial boxes, as they say. The film doesn’t lie, the character is impeccable, and as a member of the Bucs front office told us off the record last month when we brought up his name, “He is a special, special player.” If Barkley is there at No. 7 I think there is a great probability he will be the pick. Although I think it is unlikely he makes it to them. More and more signs point to him ending up in New York with the Giants. I think the Bucs feel they would have a complete offense with a back like Barkley, and the sky would be the limit on that side of the ball, but I don’t see it happening. Of course, no one saw O.J. Howard falling to the 19th pick last season either. The draft can’t get here quick enough.

Question: Could you see the Bucs walking away from Jameis Winston after this year if he doesn’t show any improvement?

Answer: I wish I could place the wide-open eye, surprised face emoji in this response. Seriously, it would take Winston falling off a cliff, suffering some major off the field issues or basically having to have a limb amputated for this team to walk away from Winston. The fact is, both Dirk Koetter and Licht would be in the unemployment line faster than a member of the presidential cabinet if this group doesn’t get Winston to a new contract. (Relax, just a little Trump joke to keep you on your toes.)

But, I think you get the point.

This organization is married to Winston, and if would be a very ugly divorce with lots of collateral damage if things fell apart.

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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]

21 COMMENTS

  1. After watching the nonsensical jockeying for positions by QB needy teams in a not great QB draft, I cannot imagine a scenario where the Bucs part company with Winston anytime soon.

    He’s a really good QB, y’all. He’s got room for improvement, but he’s doing quite well, in my opinion.
    The grass is not always greener. We didn’t exactly upgrade when we ditched Steve Young and Doug Williams.
    Winston is not the problem.

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  2. with all the weapons and Winston being the 1st pick in the draft has he shown enough ? He has been passed over by qb’s taken after him and rated as average by nfl…I was hoping he was more accurate in his passing.. he may be great but I’m not convinced as yet.

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    • Shocking, a mariota fanboy who doesnt think jameis is good enough yet.

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    • you are spot on. we picked this guy number 1 overall and he’s still VERY average. Here is a list of QB’a who at this point are better than Winston(in no order):
      Bress
      Ryan
      Brady
      Rothlesberger
      Newton
      Goff
      Wentz
      Wilson
      Cousins
      Keenum
      Watson
      Manning
      Luck
      Prescott
      Rogers
      Dalton
      Flacco

      That leaves Winston ranked somewhere between 16 and 20 of NFL QB’s. Nothing elite about that.

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      • Keenum, Andy Dalaton, Flacco (who Baltimore is looking to replace), and, Luck who hasn’t played in 2 years?? Your list is a little off. Plus most of those QB’s are over 30 years or a year or 2 from retiring(Bress, Brady, Rothlesberger, and Manning). Winston is fine at this point of his career. Crappy Oline and an inconsistent running game can do that. Look at Prescott and Mariota’s stats for 2017 without a running game.

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        • ok- so he’s 16. let’s see..32 teams, seems pretty average to me.

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        • Stats are for losers which is what Winston is. He is a TO machine who racks up stats in garbage time.

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      • I would take Winston over Goff, Cousins, Keenum, Watson, Manning, Prescott, Dalton and Flacco. That’s idiotic to say he is the 20th best QB in the league. And he is only 24 so I will take his next six years over Big Ben, Brees, Brady and Ryan. I would say he is a top 10-12 QB now and in 5 years will be a top 5. The bucs have been so desperate for a franchise QB for so long and now that we have one, people can’t wait to get rid of him.

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        • you and everyone else has been saying for 2 years, he’ll be top 5 next year or he’ll be elite next year. Does next year ever come for this guy? This time in 2019 everyone will be saying just wait, he’s only been in the NFL 4 years. He’ll become more accurate next year. Not so much, he is what he is, average!!

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          • Did you consider Peyton Manning a top 5 QB for most of his career? Or were you the idiot in the bar who said he was garbage and the colts should have cut him? Cuz you sure sound like that idiot in the bar that I know. Peyton Manning’s stats through his first 3 years were 60% completions, 4,095 yards/season, 255 yards/game, 29 total TDs/season, and 19 INTs/season. Winstons stats through his first 3 years are 61% completions, 3,878 yards/season, 259 yards/game, 25.5 total TDs/season, and 14 INTs/season. So I would say Winston has the better stats through 3 years and he was a year younger through his 3rd season than Manning was. So I and everyone else that you’re talking about will take Winston as “what he is” which is a promising young QB.

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      • Dude you’re a complete clown. Let’s see, he’s absolutely positively better than Keenum, Eli, Dalton, and Flacco. Considering the guy just turned 24, he’s shown a ton of promise, talent, and leadership. First 2 seasons he had maybe the worst offensive unit I’ve ever seen. Throwing to living legends such as Cecil Shorts, Freddy Martino, Adam Humphries, Russel Sheppard, Josh Huff, Louis Murphy, Dontaa Dye Jr, Brett Myers, Luke Stocker, and Alan Cross. That’s what Jameis had to throw to his first 2 seasons(outside Evans) last year he finally got a supporting cast worth a damn, and outside of leaving 2 games very early, and missing 2 games, he was on a 16 game pace of 4900 yards, 64.4 %, 8.2 YPA, 28 TD vs 16 int’s, and a 100 QB Rating. Sorry but if you think those numbers suck, or he’s the problem, you may want to consider taking up lacrosse as a hobby, because football is NOT for you

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  3. Bucs are very lucky to have Jameis Winston as their QB.

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    • Absolutely positively agree. He is NOT the problem. In all 11 games last year where he played the entire game, he played at an elite level. I’d take him over Mariota 7 days a week, and twice on Sunday, with ZERO hesitation

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  4. I think Bucs are at a fork in the road with Jameis Winston, but it’s not whether Tampa will keep him or not. Keeping Winston is as certain as anything can be in pro football. Rather, in my opinion, the fork in the road is whether Winston will be able to adjust his style of play to become more of a game manager, a QB who doesn’t lose games for the Bucs, albeit a game manager with the talent to lift up the team and carry it, or will he remain a Brett Favre gunslinger who never gives up on any play. If the former, we may see the Bucs develop into a team that goes to a number of Super Bowls during Winston’s career. If the latter, we’ll see lots of regular season wins, plenty of exciting football, and some trips to Super Bowls a la Favre with the Packers, but nothing like the Brady/Belichick/Patriots machine. Remember, if Winston goes down the Favre gunslinger path, Brett only led the Packers to one Super Bowl win. So, if he follows the gunslinger path we’ll be in for years of exciting football but most likely not too many Lombardi trophies.

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  5. Winston even with ZERO improvement is still going to be better than any journeyman QB that we would get. Sorry we are switching to Brock Osweiler.

    Right now, Winston is a capable decent-good QB in this league (and still has a very high ceiling).

    Stupid stupid question

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  6. Dude ok, I get this whole, we might have found a franchise QB for the first time. But in my eyes, if Winston doesn’t produce in the next 2 years. Getting us in the playoffs, winning a game or two, WITH our expected talent pool…his ass better be on the chopping block just like kotter.

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    • Why would we give up on Winston? Look at his numbers. How many QBs in NFL history have better numbers before the age of 24??? He has improved every year and has been a statistical top 12 QB with zero running game. This isn’t the NBA your franchise player can’t carry your team to the playoffs every year. Look at Rodgers, the dude is insane but with little to no help on defense and a running game around him he doesn’t even go to the playoffs every year.

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    • Well said!!

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  7. CJ Anderson just released by Broncos. 27. Proven RB.

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    • At first glance I thought you said Derek Anderson and I thought, “Holy crap, I don’t care how bad Winston is doing, Derek Anderson is not the answer.”

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  8. At this point, absolutely no way do you get rid of Winston.

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