Once again PewterReport.com takes your questions and comments and adds our thoughts to your reader submitted questions in this weekly feature. You can share your thoughts and questions each week by sending your questions to us on Twitter by using the hashtag, @PRMailbag.
Question: What was your overall impression of the Bucs draft?
Answer: I have definitely warmed up to it since it ended. I never thought it was bad by any stretch, but I had a few question marks. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Justin Evans, Kendall Beckwith or the Jeremy McNichols picks immediately, but after talking with some people in the organization, they make more sense than maybe I understood initially. But I am also smart enough to know that Jason Licht and his staff have forgotten more about football scouting than I will know. A perfect example? The Kwon Alexander pick a few years ago. The team had just given Bruce Carter a lot of money to sign and it was a real head scratcher at the time. Well, we see how that has turned out so far.
The O.J. Howard pick was terrific obviously. He should, if he stays healthy, add so much to this offense. And there could be games where he might only have three catches for 27 yards or so, but the things that don’t show up on the stat sheet can’t be ignored or underestimated. Just his presence on the field opens up things that will make this offense click, and helps Jameis Winston a better quarterback. And don’t write off Stevie Tu’ikolovatu too quick. He has a legitimate chance to stick and be part of a bigger, run-stuffing defensive line.
Question: Can the offense be Top 5 this year? I truly believe the team is loaded with talent. Can this offense be something special?
Answer: I am not trying to jinx anyone, but the thing that is most important for success is keeping the offense fairly healthy. If they do that, this offense should eclipse the record setting one of two seasons ago. I still wonder if perhaps they should have addressed the running back spot earlier, but I can say, this team is very high on Jeremy McNichols. You can’t argue the fact that on paper at least the wide receiver corps is much better with the addition of DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin. And Mike Evans should be even better than last season if you believe that is possible.
Add in Howard to the room with Cam Brate and all of a sudden who are the defenses going to double team? Fingers crossed the Bucs offense avoids any catastrophic injury and they should be as good, if not better, than any offense we have seen in Tampa Bay over the last 41 season.
Hang on tight. It should be fun to watch.
Question What are the realistic expectations for Jeremy McNichols before and after Doug Martin’s return?
Answer: The first order of business is to make sure the shoulder issue (turn labrum) is fine and he is 100 percent ready when camp starts. If that is the case, he will be in the mix to contribute very early. Then it depends on his success after he earns the right to get some snaps. This team is very excited to see what he can do when healthy and at the very least I think he is a very strong candidate to take playing time away, and possible a roster spot, away from Charles Sims.
I believe in a perfect world the team would love Martin to come back like the 2015 Martin and handle the load. But if for some reason he doesn’t, the organization has faith that Jacquizz Rodgers can do a respectable job. The Bucs also want to see what they have in Peyton Barber.
Question: Do the Bucs players /coaches wish USF would build their own stadium?
Answer: Interesting question for sure, but one I have never heard anything about. I suppose the players would prefer to play on a surface that doesn’t get worn and chewed up, sometimes the night before the Bucs play. But the crew at Raymond James does a tremendous job getting the field in really good shape following Bulls games.
Personally I would love to see the Bulls get their own stadium on campus. I think it would add to the excitement of being a Bulls fan. No matter how much they cover the red with green at RayJay, it still doesn’t feel like the Bulls are truly in their own stadium.
However, the organization like the current deal I am guessing, as the lease calls for them to receive almost all the revenue from concessions and parking when the Bulls play.
Question: Are the Bucs really content to roll into the season with what they have at RB or could they possibly look to trade for a displaced starter like Jeremy Hill?
Answer: If you would have asked me this two months ago, I might have answered differently. But unless they are completely bluffing, this team is more than content to head into this season with their current crop of rostered running backs. Anything is possible, and things could certainly change once camp gets here, but for now I don’t see the Buccaneers making any inquires about Hill, or any other veteran back. They could have gotten Adrian Peterson on the cheap had they felt he was an upgrade. So the lack of any major shakeups, speaks volumes in my opinion.