It is Monday, and that means PewterReport.com answers your questions about the Bucs in an all new Monday Mailbag. You can have your question answered by submitting it on Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag.

Question: What have you seen from Gerald McCoy this camp? Will be finally hit the double digit sack mark?

Answer: If he stays healthy, it should happen this year. First of all, the talent around him is a little better, which should take some of the emphasis off of him. Secondly, McCoy has come into camp more motivated than ever, and it has shown from the first day of camp. When McCoy doesn’t want to be blocked, he simply isn’t. Whether it was in Tampa or last week in Jacksonville, McCoy has stood out. Of course, as stated earlier, the key will be to stay as healthy as he can. At his age, little nicks and dings take a little longer to recover from, but McCoy looks to be on a different level. And even if he doesn’t reach 10 or more sacks, his play will help others have more success – and McCoy is okay with that.

Question: It seems like Jeremy McNichols is getting lost on the depth chart. Is he continuing to struggle and is he more like to be on the practice squad than the final 53?

Answer: I wouldn’t say he is struggling, but I think he, like most rookies, are seeing how good NFL athletes are. The worst NFL player was most likely a standout for his college team. The level of competition is fierce and he is in the battle of his life. Most players, like McNichols, are always one of, if not the, best athlete on his college team. It’s a whole other level in the NFL. He will get more reps in the fourth preseason game for sure and an opportunity to prove himself to the coaches. But, if I had to guess I would say he makes the 53, especially with Martin out the first three games.

Former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick – Photo by: Getty Images

Question: Politics aside, why wouldn’t Bucs sign Colin Kaepernick and keep him either for insurance or trade him before deadline?

Answer: The Bucs have put politics aside on this and still have chosen to not sign Kaepernick. They are not enamored with his play and see some things they don’t feel would fit well in Dirk Koetter’s offense is the conclusion I have come to. I know there has been plenty of breakdowns of film that show he is better than this quarterback or that one, but, for the Bucs, at this point, they don’t see a good fit. I know Jason Licht well enough to know there is no conspiracy by this organization to blackball Kaepernick. That’s all I can tell you. Plenty of players are still kneeling, and in fact the Bucs had a player, Mike Evans, not stand last season.

To say that the Glazers are also involved in not signing him based on race or politics is somewhat insulting as well. The Glazers have hired three African-American coaches, easily the most of any NFL franchise. I can say with almost certainty, if the Bucs thought Kaepernick was the missing link to the path to the Super Bowl, he would already be in Tampa. And the later it goes the more difficult it will be for him to find a job this season. Personally, I want to see Kaepernick back in the league, and think he deserves a chance. But, I just don’t think it will ever be in Tampa Bay.

Question: There is a good chance we will be facing Jay Cutler in week 1. Is this real or just a ploy by big tobacco?

Answer: I admit I did in fact laugh out loud when I saw your question. One of my favorite websites is Smoking Jay Cutler. I don’t know why, but any time I am having a bad day, I can click on it and count on a laugh.

Back to being serious, all indications point to the Dolphins coaching staff doing all they can to prepare him to be the starter for Miami when the Bucs come to town on September 10.

“I feel really good with where we’re at right now,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase told ESPN recently. “This next week will be really good for us, because [we’re] going against another team and playing that third preseason game. We’ll just keep trying to improve and get in that game flow. I liked what I saw [this past Thursday]. I’m ready to get this going [this] week.”

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About the Author: 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, the beach and family time.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 mark@pewterreport.com
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BucWill13
4 years ago

If the Bucs did sign that Anti American Commie, the Bucs would cease to Exist in my mind. But lets be real, the Bucs Struggle to put people in seats at Home Games, so the ONLY reason the Bucs would not sign him is they are Capitalists who need to make Money, and they would make NO MONEY by signing him.

Horse
4 years ago

I have no problems with Kaepernick playing for our team as long as he stands up for our flag and our song. Let’s leave politics out of this. It is very disrespectful to our Fallen who made the ultimate sacrifice. I’m sure the family and friends of the Fallen would appreciate too if he would show respect.

TBAtlas
4 years ago

I couldn’t care less if Kaep twerks during the National Anthem. If he can beat out Fitzpatrick, Griffin and Seth for the backup job then we should do it. Let others froth at the mouths over the flag and the “disrespect” while I sleep a little easier knowing that the wheels won’t completely fall off the wagon if Winston goes down.

Iowabucfan
4 years ago

I love the website Smokin’ Jay Cutler. Hilarious.

Plank
4 years ago

Having watched Fitzpatrick through most of camp, I really don’t think he is going to help us .. I also think we should grab whichever K gets cut by Cincinatti Bullock or Elliot…

majc32
4 years ago

Many many many active duty and vets say they are not disrespected. It seems its the ones who have not served are the ones up in arms. Btw……cops over the weekend have come out in support of kap. The bucs are being foolish to continue to trout out fitzpatrick. He has sucked his whole career, he has sucked in training camp and sucked during preseason. Who cares if he “fits” the system if he can’t execute the system? The bucs should definitely take a look at kap.

SCLOBERNOCKER
Reply to  majc32
4 years ago

I try to stay out of this topic, but I feel its appropriate to not.
As I type this now, Im in uniform. 15 years of service and counting. Ill stand for the anthem. Always have, always will. That said, I take no offense to those who do not. Its a right that we have fought for. Voice your opinions of injustice. Many of them are valid. No qualms here.

Buc-in-Philly Fan
Reply to  SCLOBERNOCKER
4 years ago

Thank you for your service Sir! I am not a fan of the kneeling but at least we have the right to do so in this GREAT Country! Go USA and Go Bucs!!

dfk68
Reply to  SCLOBERNOCKER
4 years ago

I’m a eight year Army veteran who hasn’t been boots for more then 20 years. I agree completely.

fredster
4 years ago

Kap sucks. He hasn’t done crap last couple years and he’s not employed now because of it. If he was good he’d have a job. You don’t see Seahawks benching Bennett do you? He’s an idiot too. Lot of other ways they could get their stupid message out. What Vets are you talking to because I haven’t heard any say that they aren’t offended by this non-sense.

GIJoeWasThere
Reply to  fredster
4 years ago

Anyone that has felt “disrespected” because Kap didn’t stand for the anthem is just being stupid. Half of you fat disgusting tubs of lard don’t stand for it, or are on your phones. He’s better than Fitpatrick, but because of faux-“patriotic” people he will be out of a job. I don’t stand for the anthem, never have, never will.

majc32
4 years ago

Its a stupid message to promote love and inclusion? Its a stupid message to hold rogue cops accountable? You are blind. Google is your friend sir. Google “veterans for kap” and watch the responses. I have family members who have served in the military going all the way back to the tuskeegee airmen aka red tails. I have a grandfather who faught agains the nazi and a cousin who retired from the military 15 years ago. His son is in afganastan right now. Oh and my mom retired from macdill after 35 years. Oh yes. There are many active duty… Read more »

majc32
Reply to  majc32
4 years ago

Fyi…kap has the #39th selling merchandise in the nfl and he is not even on a team. That means many people do not feel his message is stupid.

Horse
Reply to  majc32
4 years ago

You’re missing the point. I don’t know what you did in the military, but you didn’t have anything to do with the Fallen. I did many times. It does matter and we should not disrespect the sacrifice they made. These young and none informed NFL players need not use this as a political stand. Mark cook should know better bringing this up again because this is what divides our country even more when the uninformed speak out and should be silent.

The Anti-Java
4 years ago

The best solution to the problem, that I have heard is……..Play the anthem, then the players come out of the locker room. Problem solved.

TBAtlas
Reply to  The Anti-Java
4 years ago

Except that completely avoids the substance of the issue, and is precisely the reason why they kneel in the first place.

The Anti-Java
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

They can protest all they want when they are off duty. If I protested while working, I would get booted out the door in 5 minutes.
And the NFL is a private company, they can do what they want, in regards to protesting, or handing out fines and suspensions.
They are not bound to abide by the Bill of Rights.

seat26
4 years ago

Kaepernick is a good talent. I know I will take some heat, but I would love to see him on this team. We have back-ups that look ok here, but in my mind, if Winston goes down, this Season is over. Kaepernick could step in and the quality of play would not diminish. I could care less if he kneels on the sideline. I want the Bucs to go to the playoffs. The dropoff at QB is huge after Winston.

seat26
4 years ago

One more controversial comment. McCoy in my mind has more to prove than anyone. And by that I mean, he is a fine DT, but he has not established himself as an elite Talent in the NFL, Pro Bowl withstanding. His stats are simply above average. No better. I want to see him over 10 sacks every year. I want to see him in the backfield every play. Until he does that, he is just another DT with 6 sacks a year and 32 tackles.

Naplesfan
Reply to  seat26
4 years ago

Gerald McCoy literallly has LESS to prove on the Bucs’ current team than any other player.

Dman
4 years ago

I’d like to focus on football. Tired of politicizing everything. I watch football for entertainment. Not sure of Kap’s ability. Harbaugh knew how to utilize his talents. Coaching and diminishing talent on the 49’ers could be more of what has impacted his play the last few years. But he’s poisoned the well for me by making his statement during an entertainment event. And the conversation will always veer into his views, his protest, etc. Not what I want on my team, regardless of talent.

Naplesfan
4 years ago

Any player that makes himself an object of controversy is going to be shunned by the NFL owners because they are running an entertainment business, not a social justice organization. It’s about money, and not offending paying fans. It’s the same in any business. Show up at a demonstration supporting neonazis and KKK, and get video’d or photographhed, and your employer is likely to fire you. Sit down for the national anthem, and make a huge big deal about it, and make yourself a lightning rod of political argumentation, and when your play doesn’t speak as loud as your political… Read more »

Horse
4 years ago

Mark disappointed that you would even bring this up about Kaepernick. Things like this is what divides our country. Whether you realize it or not, or those who gave a negative hits, to what I have said in my comments above, this honor our Fallen.Fallen They have earned the right not to have uninformed people make comments about it. I have retrieved,processed, notified families on behalf of the Fallen Soldiers. Our flag, taps and song is what a soldier is about; Honor, Duty, Country.

Twistedwires
4 years ago

OK, I don’t like talking politics on my favorite Bucs website. However, several of you have commented about Vets or Police that you know that are OK with Kap’s protest and I feel compelled to respond. I know I’m not the first or even the only Active duty service member commenting on this site. I am still on active duty and have served in combat overseas. There is but one response to what Kap does during the national anthem. Only one whether you like it or not. And that is that he has the protected right to do what he’s… Read more »

Horse
Reply to  Twistedwires
4 years ago

Thank you for your service.

majc32
4 years ago

Twisted i was agreeing until you called it ignorant. I am sorry, but it is not ignorant to want equality for all people. His intentions has worked. People are talking about the mistreatment many endure. More players have added to the protest. To say there is no mistreatment or turn a blind’s eye would be childish ignorance. Google two co’s plot to kill black inmate. Once you have googled that and read, ask yourself is it so far fetched that some who police the streets daily would not have the same malice in their hearts?

Twistedwires
Reply to  majc32
4 years ago

I guess I didn’t explain well enough what I considered ignorant. I wasn’t saying his intentions were ignorant. I agree with you there. What is ignorant is the fact that he chose to make a statement about the flag and the anthem to promote his intentions. The flag and anthem stand for an ideal. They stand for what he’s fighting to gain for some people that don’t enjoy that ideal. Our nation stands for something that is pure and amazing. Unfortunately the nation has not existed in that ideal ever in it’s history. But that doesn’t change the fact that… Read more »

Brandonges
4 years ago

I’m all in favor of this team signing Kaep. Even if he just ran the wildcat every play he’d look better than Fitz has.