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.

Question: In every article and mock draft concerning the Bucs, I never hear of the urgency to find a franchise QB to replace Tom Brady in a year or two. Why is that? Should the Bucs trade up to No. 1 in the 2020 draft for a QB, and what would it take? Follow my logic – we may have two years of NFL relevance with Brady at QB, but if we don’t have a playoff-caliber QB three years from now then we are back to the same old Bucs.

Answer: There are a number of reasons. The most important being, this team is in “win-now” mode. They want every draft pick this year to be a player that helps them do this now, not three years down the road. And teams don’t find franchise quarterbacks past the first round very often. How is, for example, Oregon’s Justin Herbert helping head coach Bruce Arians win a title before he retires or help general manager Jason Licht keep his job?

And what teams really ever do that? Have the Falcons done anything to find a franchise quarterback to replace Matt Ryan? Did the Chargers do anything the last couple of years to replace Philip Rivers? The Giants might be the team you could point to, but they knew they were ready to replace Eli Manning before they drafted Daniel Jones in the Top 10 last year.

QB Tom Brady - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

When it gets to that point the Bucs will address it, but they aren’t looking three or four years down the road right now. Nor should they be.

Say Tampa Bay were to move up to get Herbert, or Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, the cost would be next year’s No. 1 plus at least a another premium pick – a second-rounder this year or next, and maybe more. So Tampa Bay has Tagovailoa on the roster to hold a clipboard for two years and now can’t draft a quality offensive lineman or running back to step in and contribute this year? That just makes little sense.

Now, if Tagovailoa were to fall down to No. 14, and there are some who think that is becoming more realistic than it was a few weeks ago, then perhaps the Bucs pull the trigger if they have him ranked as the best player available at that point. But moving up to draft a quarterback Tampa Bay hopes never sees the field until 2022 is a mistake in my opinion.

A more sensible option would be to take one later in the draft, such as Iowa’s Nate Stanley, a player we have mocked to the Bucs for the past three times on Day 3. Or if a first-round talent like Utah State’s Jordan Love slides to the second round, or Washington’s Jacob Eason, a second-round talent falls to the third round you couldn’t blame the Bucs for drafting a quarterback at that point.

Question: Do you see the Bucs adding any veteran guys to a secondary room filled with so many talented, but really young, and relatively inexperienced guys?

Answer: If I were Jason Licht or Bruce Arians then yes, absolutely. But neither has called me to ask my opinion. I could see Tampa Bay adding a veteran, but not anytime soon. Perhaps once the market completely settles in free agency they might look to see who is out there and if they are a fit.

Bucs CB Carlton Davis and SS Jordan Whitehead - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs CB Carlton Davis and SS Jordan Whitehead – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

A player who I would love to see in Tampa Bay is former Cardinals and Raven safety Tony Jefferson. With him coming off a knee injury he most likely would come cheap. The big issue there is the inability to really have the Bucs doctors get a good look at the knee right now and know what the prognosis is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But if the country gets back to normal by this summer and it looks like the season will go on, then that is a name to keep an eye on. If 100 percent healthy and ready for opening weekend, of course. His leadership and knowledge of the Bucs scheme would as asset to the safety room.

Question: Did the Bucs see enough from Scotty Miller last year in practice and his limited game reps to give him a bigger role, or do they feel they want to get a more talented “Y” via the draft?

Answer: The Bucs will draft a receiver this year and it could come early, depending on how the draft falls to them. I personally wouldn’t spend a first-round pick on a receiver, mainly for the reasons I gave when answering the Tom Brady successor question above. Why spend a premium pick on a player who, no matter how talented he is, would still be pretty far down the pecking order goes in terms of targets?

Let’s not forget, as good as Chris Godwin is now, he only started two games (he played in 16) as a rookie, and only totaled 525 receiving yards and one touchdown. I think whoever ends up behind Godwin and Mike Evans could achieve those numbers and as you suggested that player might be Scotty Miller.

Staying healthy will be the key to Miller being able to define his role in this offense. Speed-wise he is a burner and has solid hands. He missed considerable time in camp last year with a hamstring injury then was re-injured later in the year in Detroit after catching a touchdown pass. Had be been healthy all year and developed earlier and quicker he may have gotten more snaps than Breshad Perriman early in the season.

Question: Do you see the Bucs bringing in another kicker to compete this year or will the be confident in Matt Gay?

Answer: I would certainly hope so. I know the team likes Matt Gay, but there is no debating the fact that he cost the team two wins last season against the Giants and the Falcons in the season finale. Indirectly, an argument could be made Jameis Winston is still on this roster had Gay not struggled in those two games.

Bucs K Matt Gay
Bucs K Matt Gay – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Kickers are going to miss kicks from time to time. Gay will miss more kicks in 2020 as well if he is the Bucs kicker. But going 0-for-3 at home in a game that ended up going into overtime where the Bucs lost to Atlanta to end the season should be just as big of a red flag as Winston’s 30 interceptions.

Maybe Gay shakes off the Falcons game and turns into Justin Tucker for the next 10 years. But I wouldn’t count on it. As a Dad of a high school kicker for a period of time, I know the mental stress and the confidence issues kickers can have. Plus, I have seen the struggle this franchise has had over their history when trying to find consistency at that position.

At the very least the team will bring in someone to push Gay during camp and the preseason, but would be wise to not just hand Gay the job without a fair competition.

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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Pete Wood
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Every draft pick on day one and two needs to help Brady this year. I don’t care who falls to 14. That pick has to have immediate impact or it is a wasted pick. So, please no QB until day three. We need to draft one, but not above shoring up our offensive line, improving our running game, finding a third receiver or upgrading our defense. And, yeah, we definitely need to bring in some competition for Gay. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Alldaway 2.0
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Bucs need a veteran DB for sure as well as a veteran RB and WR. Then draft BAP while filling needs in trenches. Bucs are in prime position to really upgrade their roster if they don’t over think things in the coming weeks. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

fredster
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fredster

Gay is still a question mark and he cost us couple games for sure last year. They need to bring real competition and don’t be afraid to cut him. I’m not sold on him at all. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

fredster
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fredster

Oh and I wholeheartedly agree with trying to add at least one veteran in secondary. Single biggest issue this team has last year was not Winston it was being totally torched on defame first half of season despite shutting run down and getting good QB pressure compared to previous years. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

BucsJam
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BucsJam

Tua is not going to be available at 14–that’s moronic. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Bucko40
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Bucko40

2 high ankle sprains- 1 requiring surgery- a broken hip and the label of being a system QB from Alabama is going to give teams pause. If Tua Tagovailoa gets past the Chargers at 6 he might drop into the 20’s. Especially if the Dolphins end up drafting Herbert. Crazier things have happened on draft day. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

FLBoy84
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Did you seriously just say that Gay going 0-3 to end the season “should be just as big of a red flag as Winston’s 30 interceptions”? LOL. Starting to sound like Lee with that kind of talk. 😉 Agree Gay needs to have competition brought in, but him going 0-3 doesn’t compare to 30 Int’s and 7 pick-6’s in the slightest. Tenn’s 3 kickers went 8-18 in FG’s last season, yet their team still made it to the AFC Championship game. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

BDOG
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Mark, Don’t agree with not taking WR with 1st pick. If 2 DTs, and all 4 OTs gone, and bpa is the speedster WR, and potential future BUCS WR1-RUGGS, who can immediately be WR-3 for this team, will be cheap, major insurance to WR injuries and has fresh young legs and can run deep patterns to open up crossing and underneath patterns for Brady to TEs, RBs and slot WR, and RUGGS would not be required to carry team as high 1st rd draft pick, and argumentatively could be potential O-rookie of year if WR injuries (aka:pulled ham’s) or has… Read more »

thegeebo
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thegeebo

It’s hard to say which teams will be looking to draft a franchise QB next season, but I think it would be worth it for the Bucs to trade up and grab Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields. I love Burrow, but there is no way we get him. After that, I don’t like any QB as much as those two coming out next year. Have one of them learn behind the GOAT for a year, and we will keep this train running! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Bucko40
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If the Bucs are in anyway near being able to move up for Lawrence or Fields then 2020 is a failure. Drafting Brady’s successor in rounds 2-4 is a lock IMO. OL/WR or RB at #14 I would be ecstatic with. DL/LB or Secondary wouldn’t upset me. If a QB falls I could even understand that. We will see in a little over 2 weeks. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

thegeebo
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The can trade future 1st round picks. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Dman
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Any pick for a QB in this draft is a waste, our QB room is fine with TB, Gabbert and Griff. Once the TB era if over we’ll either grab another FA or be in rebuild mode. And again – NO on a WR early. Just stupid. Assuming you guys at PR are getting some inside scoop on this, but why not just draft another TE in RD1 – Reason – it’s STUPID. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

FLBoy84
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Have liked the Jefferson fit for awhile. Licht has hinted there might be another surprise addition or two once the physical situation clears up, hoping TJ might be one of them. Agree our first 3 picks need to have as much impact as possible, but there’s really not a clear “wide open” starting spot at the moment. FS, RG and RT are the three most obvious spots that could be upgraded, but hard to see where a rookie is an impact starter at any other spot at the moment. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

LVBUC2
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LVBUC2

I don’t know where this “what about 3 to 5 years down the road” We haven’t won in 13 years. How about just win now, then we can worry about 5 years from now!!! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Bucko40
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Drafting a successor to Brady is imperative in this Draft. If Brady leads this team to the Playoffs and possibly a Super Bowl the minimum the Bucs select in 2021 is 18- highest 32 with the new playoff format. Love or Eason in the 2nd round is a plausible scenario. Fromm in the 3rd would be acceptable. Let one of them learn behind Brady for 2 years. Outside of Lawrence and Fields I haven’t looked at the available QB’s next draft. If the season leads us to the playoffs there is no way to get an elite QB prospect in… Read more »

drdneast
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drdneast

Loved that clip of Scotty Miller, that young man has speed. We need another WR in the room like we need another TE. If you want a RB get a FA with hands, there are always a few around and Brady likes working with veterans. This team needs to draft a DL or edge rusher first and a right OT second because good right side OT’s can be found in the second round. If you want a RB get one in the third but he better have good hands, unlike RoJo, who I do like and feel is coming around,… Read more »

Horse
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Horse

Another good Mailbag Mark. Let’s hope for a sleeper quarterback that’s got a future in a couple years in the later rounds. First round I’m willing to trade down a few spots pick BPA. Yes Brady will get us to the playoffs; after that it’s all going to be about having a top Defense. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

MiltonMack21
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Ehh Winston missing a wide open Evans who would have WALKED in against the Giants cost them that game at the end. Also the Buccaneers should be looking to replace Miller and Watson for the 2020 season at WR. Miller isn’t good and he beat out Watson. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Dave
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Dave

Miller isn’t good? And you came to that conclusion on him after just his rookie year, where he was hurt early on. You’re kidding me right? Can we let our young players actually get a chance to play first before we give up on them and call them a bust. Dude wasn’t even healthy last year. And now he has an actual QB that’s capable of getting him the ball. If he’s healthy this year, and doesn’t make any progress, even with Brady at QB, then yes, I’d start to look at next years draft to replace him. But drafting… Read more »

MiltonMack21
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MiltonMack21

Miller is a part time and I mean one or 2 targets a half type of player. He doesn’t have the body to play more than a quarter of the snaps. You have to be looking to replace him. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Dave
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Dave

He doesn’t have the body to play more than 1/4 the snaps? Is that supposed to be serious? Let’s go down the list of players that are around the same height and weight as him. Tyreke Hill, Antonio Brown. TY Hilton. E.Sanders. B.Cooks. DeSean Jackson. John Brown. Anthony Miller. Danny Amendola. T.Ginn Jr. Wes Welker. And many more. Sorry but that’s just so false to say that. It really is. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

scubog
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scubog

And once again the Draft strategy of many of the Pewter Report followers is to select players based on their positions in each round rather than the BPA at the time the decision has to be made. Apparently their Draft Board would be set up with the positional preference in each round followed by a list of names that play the targeted position. Ron Wolf be damned. Oh goodie! We satisfied all of our needs. What a great Draft. Then two years later…………..that guy sucks!We could have had ______________. Hmmmmmm, maybe that was the plan in 2016. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
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Alldaway 2.0

I think the NFL has changed so much that most teams draft for need in the first two rounds. After the first two rounds you just go BAP as there is no point for going for needs as those players have similar grades to one another. OJ Howard as a BAP selection is a rare exception these days and we shall see if there is a payoff in the end. I mean there is a chance a BAP slips to the Bucs pick like Okudah. In that scenario I don’t see the Bucs passing on Okudah to draft a RT… Read more »

40+yrs fan, 7 double digit win seasons, feels like 30+ double digit losing seasons & 1 SB. Go yucks
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40+yrs fan, 7 double digit win seasons, feels like 30+ double digit losing seasons & 1 SB. Go yucks

Good article, Except the 1st question. This franchise destroys young QB’s. The one exception maybe Doug Williams, & we let him walk because the owner was cheap & paying a black QB was not popular around here. Drafting a QB early by this franchise this year or any year is dumb. We would not end up with a Brady clone. If you remember the best thing Drew did for Brady is get hurt. Brady ran the offense the way the coaches wanted it to be ran. Drew did not, he tried to show off his arm talent on almost every… Read more »

owlykat
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owlykat

I am all for grabbing an XFL kicker with a good record to compete with Gay. I am all right for Stanley or Morgan to be picked late to learn behind Brady. Our 14th pick must be a top 4 OT or draft down and get an extra 2d round pick and Jones later in the first round. We will also need a backup NT to backup Vea, Dillon as our third down and short 3rd down back, another RB to replace Barber, who can catch screen passes, a WR like Pittman (who is compared to Thomas), and Stanley or… Read more »