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: Do you think Buc pass on Derwin James since he declined a private workout with the team?
Answer: No. If they do pass on Derwin James it will be because they have someone else they like more at whatever spot they end up picking. And I am not sure I even fully believe the report. I confirmed that James was here for a private visit a couple weeks back, and it went well according to the source I spoke with. I was also in attendance at the pro day in Tallahassee where the Bucs were well represented. They absolutely would have liked to have seen him do more on the field drills that day, and I believe Jason Licht was disappointed they didn’t get to see him “compete.” But that was more James’ agent giving his client advice. In my opinion, I see why maybe James didn’t do a whole lot, but as pointed out by someone in the Bucs organization that day, former FSU stars Jalen Ramsey and Jameis Winston did pretty much everything asked at their pro days.
They really like James a lot and think he has the potential to be a Pro Bowler. And that is ultimately what you look for in the Top 10. I believe he is very much in play at No. 7, but the first six players off the board will be the difference on James being a Buccaneer or not. I don’t think they pass on Saquon Barkley or Bradley Chubb if either were to fall, and it would be a table-banging session and a highly debated discussion inside the walls of One Buc if Quenton Nelson is also there when the Bucs are on the clock.
Question: With a high possibility with Barkley gone and Bucs missing out on top free agents at running back, would the Bucs consider bringing a vet like C.J, Anderson in?
Answer: I think that is for sure an option, but I also believe the Bucs will find a challenger in the draft to compete with Peyton Barber for a the starting job. And there will be other teams competing for his services once the draft is over. Right now the Bucs don’t want to commit money to an aging veteran player, at that position anyway, and will wait to see how they end up after the draft. However, the fact is, this team needs some bodies at that position. They can’t obviously go into the season with just Barber and Jaquizz Rodgers battling to start, can they? Even for depth there will be more guys brought in. We know they love Barkley, and the Georgia running backs, but there is really no way to know how the draft goes, and who might be there in the second round. And without a third round pick (as of now) can you count on a fourth or fifth round guy to be an contributing player? Add in the fact this team is still really thin at cornerback, and now you have to wonder where they go round to or if they look to mortgage some future picks to try and plug all the holes this draft. Man, I love this time of year.
Question: What is the latest on the investigation with Uber thing? Jameis Winston is looking lean and sharp and I can’t bear to think about the fact that they may suspend him…
Answer: Insert crickets sound effect here. Trust me, we have tried to get get answers from everyone – from the Bucs to bugging Goodell at the NFL meetings in Orlando last month. From the outside it looks pretty simple – no criminal charges, a he-said, she-said story, and a witness to back up Winston’s claim. But the NFL doesn’t go by judicial law, it is a dictatorship, bent on preserving the image of the shield that is a multi-billion dollar business. As I and many have pointed out over the last several months, if the NFL will suspend their golden boy Tom Brady for for speculating he may have had a cousin’s brother-in-law’s, next door neighbor’s hairdresser’s son let a couple pounds of air out a football, what will they do with Winston? I won’t feel comfortable until about mid-December this year. THEN I might believe Winston doesn’t get sat down for a few games.
Question: I know everyone is talking about Tony Dungy joining the ROH vs. the Steelers on MNF. Wouldn’t it also make sense to induct Hardy Nickerson as well?
Answer: You know, you really bring up a good point. I tend to forget about Nickerson when I talk about the Ring of Honor. We all talk about Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks and all they did to help turn this franchise around, but sometimes we forget the contributions Nickerson made. The guy got here from Pittsburgh in 1993 and made it known in the locker room that we was the boss and he would literally fist fight guys who weren’t as committed to winning as he was. He came from the proud storied franchise of the Steelers and I am sure was shocked by the rinky dink old One Buc, the rats running through the building and the Coke machines that Hugh Culverhouse had that required the player to pay to use. But he was most likely even more surprised at the lack of accountability inside the locker room. He changed that, and combined with the additions of John Lynch, Ronde Barber later on, and of course Sapp and Brooks this franchise did a complete 180. And a lot of that credit does go to Nickerson, even though we forget it sometimes. And we also forget how damn good he was as a player on the field.
I love this video of Nickerson. It really shows the fire he brought every week.