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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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    My thoughts exactly regarding the need to continue to add to the RB corp. Have to believe the team can find more capable replacements for Rodgers and Sims that can actually compete for playing time and produce when given the chance. Just a rolled ankle or pulled hammy from having to depend on those two produce. With the number of guys the team has brought in to compete at S, seems doubtful that the Bucs will be bringing in any FA’s at the position. Would love to see both Whitehead and Evans at S with Iggy rolling on the PS for a year and replace Tandy in 2019.

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      Keep Evans and Whitehead, Backups can be Tandy and Iggy, don’t really need Conte anymore( I hope,) if the rookies perform well.

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    I’m definitely support of signing one of the FA safeties. Eric Reid fits the bill, but I’d be happy with Vaccaro or Boston, too. It’s silly to rely on Tandy, Conte, or a 4th rd draft pick to start next to Evans (who still has a lot to prove) when you can now sign a legit starter for a reasonable offer.

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    When you think of what the Cowboys held their nose to when they signed Greg Hardy. In addition to the advocacy that the Bucs go after him by PR, it’s crazy to see Eric Reid not on an NFL roster going into May. The dude is a 26 year old former first round pick and pro bowler, and is a legit starting strong safety.

    The Bucs would receive a definite upgrade by signing him to the roster and there is no reason Jason Licht shouldn’t if he wants to win more games this year.

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    Carnell “Edsel” Williams is one of the most overrated Bucs players of all time… AND we passed on drafting Aaron Rodgers and DeMarcus Ware for that guy. He had one good season, and only averaged 4.1 per carry. His 2nd year, he averaged 3.5 per carry. His career average per carry was 3.9.

    He would’ve been okay as a 3rd round pick… but he had an injury history and durability concerns, but Jon Gruden (the legend) fell in love with him and made him the 5th overall pick. This was just one example of why Gruden should not get to pick his players and one could argue, a contributing factor to him getting fired. If we had taken Rodgers, Gruden probably could’ve remained coach a little longer.

    So, excuse me if I’m not overly excited about anyone comparing RoJo to Edsel Williams.

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    I have no knowledge of how each individual in the Glazer family views the political controversies surrounding kneeling for the national anthem. Sports writers, in general, are trying to report the news and not editorialize on a daily basis. Sports news insiders have to walk a certain tightrope in order to maintain certain channels of communications.

    That being said I have made a strong inference about the three Glazer brothers’ policy regarding character issues such heavy drug usage or wife beating to give a couple of examples. Licht has hinted in open during at least one press conference that there is a bar that is set at a certain height for all potential Buccaneer players as per the Glazer triumvirate.

    We saw an apparent example in action in reference to a recent trip to see a job candidate made by Koetter that was reported during the past week. In that case, the guy is going to be given a shot. Things that used be considered “sowing wild oats” by a young man or issues of youthful immaturity are not a grounds for exclusion alone.

    This is my read of various situations I have been aware in relation to our team.
    Go Bucs!!!!!

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    The fact that Reid was moved to hybrid LB like Barron was says to me his coverage skills suck. No thanks. The kneeling is garbage too, but isn’t my only concern.
    Everyone though Ward was an instant upgrade at safety too….I’d pass.

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      Oh he kneels….the horror. I was in an Irish Bar last night for the lightning game and not one white person stood or stopped talking during the national anthem as it blared on the TV. Stop with this outrage over kneeling. People are such hypocrites. Instead of being upset with these black athletes, be upset that people of color are getting killed because skittles or cell phones are “mistaken” as guns.

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