Each week PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your submitted questions about the Bucs. You can have your question answered by asking on Twitter using the #PRMailbag hashtag. Here are this week’s five questions.
Question: If Roberto Aguayo barely edges Nick Folk, should they keep Folk as an insurance policy?
Answer: No I don’t think this team wants to keep two roster spots for kickers. They aren’t good enough top to bottom to use the luxury of two roster spots in my opinion. And honestly, I think Aguayo will have to hands down win the competition to stick this year. If they both go, say 4-of-5 on FG attempts, make all their extra points, and their kickoffs are even, I am guessing the Bucs go with the veteran. This team isn’t just aiming for nine wins, this team thinks and expects to make the playoffs. While you are always building in the NFL, the Bucs aren’t “rebuilding” this year. They believe they are built. Good news for Aguayo and his fans is, he believes he can do it and believes he will be a much better kicker in 2017. You can read my exclusive with him from this weekend’s Jameis Winston camp.
Question: Despite laundry list of running backs, and depending on McNichols, do the Bucs draft a running back next year?Will it be a power back?
Answer: I think it is way too early to say, and as you mentioned they need to see how things play out in 2017. I will say, the Bucs have not really had any power type backs on their roster since Dirk Koetter became offensive coordinator, so I don’t know that that style of runner is what he likes for his scheme. They have had plenty of opportunities to add one to their roster over the last three off seasons, and just haven’t done it. I do think they look at Peyton Barber as potentially a guy who could go in and pick up a few short yards on third down if necessary. We had someone in the organization recently tell us the team is high on him, and loves his short, but solid and powerful frame. We will see though if Barber even makes the roster. It will be a fun competition to watch this training camp.
Question: If Bucs keep Doug Martin, will they try to trade Charles Sims once Doug comes back from suspension?
Answer: That is a good question, but one I can’t say for sure. I will say, Todd Monken mentioned Sims the other day, and talked about how people forget how good the duo (Martin and Sims) was two years ago as the league’s top running back tandem. That tells me the Bucs staff thinks he will be in their plans in 2017, but Sims, like Martin, has to stay healthy. But I don’t think Martin’s suspension has any bearing on if they would trade Sims or not. They don’t look at Sims as the feature back, so if it were something they were looking to do, I don’t think waiting until after Week 3 would make any difference. But I also wonder if there is any trade value for him at this point.
Question: Who will the Bucs be testing out at KR and PR during training camp? Who has the best shot at winning those jobs?
Answer: Another great question, but one I don’t know, nor do the Bucs really at this point. I am sure they have some ideas, but definitively, it is impossible to say right now. I think Humphries gets the first crack at retaining his punt return duties, but kickoff wise it will be a battle during camp. The Josh Huff experiment didn’t go well last year, but he could get another crack at it this preseason. Rookie safety Justin Evans returned kicks some in college and may get some looks, but it might come down to one of the wide receivers who uses a good preseason as a returner to make the roster.
Question: Do u see the Bucs donning all pewter for the TNF this year?
Answer: That would be my choice for sure. I actually like all the all red, but after two seasons, I would like to see them switch it up. I haven’t heard that it is what’s going to happen. But I will ask around with a few contacts and see if there are any plans to go all pewter this year. Honestly though, I am still made we don’t get the throwback game. I really miss those games. I was able to take my son, as a fan, to the very first one in 2009 and watched a rookie quarterback lead a come-from-behind win over the Packers.
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]
Mark, I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I think PR is missing the boat on our RB’s – McNichols is in, Charles Simms is out. Barber is our Big Body back. McNichols is the third down receiver RB, Martin & Rogers are first, second down backs, Barber is the power back who can catch the ball. Simms is afraid to get hit or run up the middle. He’s great catching the ball, but he’s got a narrow skill set and on top of that can’t stay healthy. My prediction of our RB’s to start the season; Martin, Rodgers, Barber, McNihols.
Simms is quicker and runs better routes that McNichols, who isn’t a slouch in the pass-catching department himself. Unless they need the roster spot along the o-line or d-line, there’s not a lot of reason to let go of someone who was incredibly good two seasons ago.
Let’s remember, Martin and Simms dominated the league the first year they were both healthy, and there’s no reason they cannot do so again.
Personally, I’d take Simms over Rodgers, but I also get paid to do work other than coaching a football team, so take it for what it is worth.
Pewter would look great, but a color rush of all orange with pewter, red, and white in the numbers would be sweet. Think throwbacks with current helmet.
I’m predicting a change in the Color Rush unis this year. They’ve done the monochromatic color scheme the last two years. (Lord knows, Nike does not like to stay stagnant with the same thing for too long.)
What about orange jersey and pewter pants? Or, God help us, if they reverse that. Would they bring back the creamsicle pants?
The whole idea of the color rush is to have one solid color. Whatever color it is, that’s what they’ll be doing. If you have different colors on different parts of the uniform, then at that point, it’s just an alternative jersey.
Also, creamsicle and pewter is a truly disgusting combo of colors anyways, lol.
I would LOVE to have throwback games back. They just have a special feel. And man, that Packers game was magical. We picked Rodgers off twice, Freeman had a fantastic debut with 3 TD passes, including the game winner on an absolute dime in the corner of the end zone, Clifton Smith at his best….ugh. That was a fun day that bred a ton of hope. It turned out to be false hope, but it sure felt damn good at that time.
Mark, can you see the Buc’s keeping 5 backs and no Fullbacks this season. Using TE in short yardage situations.
Definitely no fullbacks. That’s what Stocker is for. 😀
You guys sure had some strange uniform color combinations. I hope your significant other sets your clothes out for you.
I’m not a fan of those color rush uniforms; especially that mustard vs ketchup game.
I really enjoyed the Throw Back games with old Bucco Bruce returning. Nowadays his hint of femininity would be much more in vogue. It was always strange that, in the old uniforms, I kept associating the numbers with the former players.
For some reason, a lot of people forget how good Jacquizz looked last year. Behind a banged up and inconsistent line, he averaged 4.3 yards per carry. Often times it appeared he was gaining yards with no running lanes. I believe the Bucs are hyping up Doug Martin to make him more attractive to other teams for a potential trade. I think Jacquizz will be our main RB this year, spelled by McNichols on 3rd downs.
I like Jacq, he’s a keeper given the hodgepodge we have at RB but he’s not likely to hold up as a feature back.
Barber has showed almost nothing so far so unless he finds another gear he doesn’t seem the answer to anything.
Martin is unreliable.
Sims is ridiculously one dimensional and goes on the list of reaches and whiffs by Licht in rounds 2-3 which so far look to be his Achilles Heel.
We need a bigger back who can pound the rock late in games so we can burn the clock despite opposing team stacking the line, so we don’t force JW to be precise/careful with the ball late in games when we have the lead (he has a lot of strengths but precision and ball security are not two of them).
If we had a true feature back instead of having to keep 2-3 RBs to fill the role it would be easy to justify a spot for a big bruiser.
Id rather see Color Rush Uniforms every week then the current Bucs uni’s. Cant stand them . Wont buy one, Ever!!!! We had the Best Uni’s in the NFL ( Pewter & Red) till the Bucs had to go and change them with no input by the Fans. The No Fun League needs to also loosen the rules on the Throwback uni’s. It’s ridiculous that they wont let the Fans see our old throwback Uni’s BC of some stupid rule.
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