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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.

Question: Not that any moves are needed, but what might be a realistic move before the trade deadline on Tuesday?

Answer: Barring an injury to a starter or key reserve from Monday night’s game at New York, I don’t see the Buccaneers making any moves ahead of the trade deadline. Of course I wouldn’t have bet that Tampa Bay would have added wide receiver Antonio Brown two weeks ago, either. So anything is possible, as the Bucs are clearly “all in” for 2020.

GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

General manager Jason Licht and his front office are always on the lookout for any players that could improve depth, and if a move was made, that is what it would be for – depth. The Bucs appears plenty satisfied with their current group of starts.

Personally, if I were Licht the cornerback group would be an area I would consider looking to add some depth to. Jamel Dean and Carlton Davis are both excellent starters and Sean Murphy-Bunting has experience in the defense although is struggling somewhat right now, but after that, things get a little dicey. The team added former Panthers cornerback Russ Cockrell, a seventh-year veteran, but he’s currently fourth on the depth chart and not starter material at this stage of his career.

Question: Do you think having Antonio Brown shacking up with Tom Brady is so Brady can keep him in line? Is this a calculated decision, or is this just a matter of convenience – or will it even matter?

Answer: Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that new Bucs receiver Antonio Brown has been living with quarterback Tom Brady to help him acclimate to Tampa Bay’s playbook and system. I believe Brady has a genuine interest for Brown’s well-being and feels like his influence on him will make him a better person, and keep him in line and eligible to help the Buccaneers be better on the field as well. Brown and Brady know this is likely Brown’s last shot in the NFL, and Brady also knows how talented of a player Brown is.

Fans love a good redemption story and if Brown were to stay out of trouble and prove he still has something left in the tank, that would be one of the better stories in the NFL in a while. Some of the allegations against Brown are quite disturbing, but Brown also deserves to have things play out in the courts before he is judged – at least in terms of his legal matters. There’s not a lot to debate in terms of his immature and sometimes bizarre behavior that took place late in his Pittsburgh career and his short-lived time as a Raider. Maybe, just maybe, those childish and peculiar actions are truly a thing of the past.

Question: Is it time to move Jamel Dean on the outside permanently and move Sean Murphy-Bunting into the nickel position strictly on passing downs?

Answer: It is something I have been advocating for a while. Jamel Dean does get a majority of snaps on the outside (only 10 playing in the slot this year) as he comes in at the outside corner when the Buccaneers are in nickel and Sean Murphy-Bunting then moves inside. The Buccaneers are in nickel a majority of times, so Dean sees plenty of action. However anytime that Dean isn’t on the field is a waste of talent in my opinion. He has proven to be one of the team’s best defensive players and has clearly outplayed Murphy-Bunting this year, and even the last half of the 2019 season.

Bucs CB Jamel Dean

Bucs CB Jamel Dean – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

With that said, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has a method to his sometimes confusing madness, and I am not going to sit here and pretend I know more about this than he does. He has his reasons for wanting Murphy-Bunting on the field on the outside over Dean in base defense, but it is becoming more and more clear that Murphy-Bunting is struggling this season and has maybe lost some confidence. Giving Murphy-Bunting just one position to concentrate on – the slot role in nickel defense – might help him get back on track.

Question: What is the latest status on Vita Vea? It was reported he broke his ankle or lower leg. If so, did he require surgery (like Dak Prescott)? Or was it a little less severe? Obviously, carrying 350 pounds he needs to have a strong lower body and this type of injury is concerning for the future of the big man.

Answer: We have heard very little on Vita Vea or even if his leg/ankle injury required surgery. Clearly with Prescott having a compound fracture (bone protruding from the skin) surgery was the only option in his case. That wasn’t the case with Vea. But the exact severity of the break hasn’t been revealed and we will attempt to find out during this week’s conference calls with head coach Bruce Arians.

Bucs DT Vita Vea

Bucs DT Vita Vea – Photo by: Getty Images

Teams are careful what injury information they reveal, mainly due to HIPAA regulations that prohibit the disclosure of sensitive personal health information without the consent of the patient.

A quick scan of his social media didn’t reveal any information on surgery, but we will follow up with Arians to see if we can get an update on his progress.

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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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Pete Wood
Pete Wood(@littlebrownjug)
1 year ago

I was against getting Antonio Brown, but he is starting to win me over. I did not realize he had moved in with Tom Brady. If Brady has that much faith in him, who am I to judge? I think Brown will be a great redemption story and will work his way up to number three receiver.
Bucs are gonna win the Superbowl.
The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.

1 year ago

With Evans Brown Godwin and Gronk, teams are going to have to play zone. This will only help our running game.

1 year ago

My biggest concern with Brown on the team is his locker room presence. Spending ‘quality’ time with Brady gives me some hope that Brown will learn to temper his mental demons, and function as a team player…for once in his career.

But at the same time I’m worried about the lack of production with Evans. What is really going on with him and Brady? There has to be more to the story.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood(@littlebrownjug)
Reply to  Darktanian
1 year ago

Three things are going on with Evans.
One, he’s injured.
Two, he’s often double covered.
Three, with Brady, everybody is a legitimate target. It’s not like the old days when Evans was the only choice. Brady can spread the ball around. This is a good thing. A very good thing.

Reply to  Pete Wood
1 year ago

That seems to be exactly it. He’s gonna have to heal up enough to get back to beating those double teams or opponents are gonna have to finally put the extra coverage somewhere else since Brady will go to anybody, then Evans can get back to business.

1 year ago

If he can just keep it together long enough to get through the Saints and Chiefs so that Godwin can fully heal I’ll consider it a win.

1 year ago

That’s exactly where Brown should be. Brady and him get along and who better to catch up on this system with than your QB. Hopefully Brady can make it clear he doesn’t have favorites when it comes to targets, but if Brown still has enough left in the tank he’s not gonna have a problem getting his share of targets. Hopefully he can catch up enough to at least start helping right away. We have to beat the Giants but then we absolutely have to beat the Saints, if he can help us beat the Saints he will be worth… Read more »

1 year ago

I’m not worried about AB. That situation will take care of itself. He is a good teammate and abides by the rules BA has set or he will be off the team and likely will have blown his last chance to play in the NFL… no man is bigger than the game! Fact!

1 year ago

Let’s ease up on the “What’s wrong with Mike Evans talk?” He has been injured and is trying to play through it. I like our chances at victory when Mike suits up and is catching passes! When Mike is catching passes that means the offense is humming and firing on all cylinders. We have never had the talent depth at WR that we now have. Brady doesn’t just zero in on one target, he tends to take what a defense is giving him. Mike makes this offense better just by his presence on the field… he demands double coverage… thus… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by bucballer
1 year ago

any news on OJ Howard’s injury? Was it a tear of the Achilles tendon or complete rupture? Do you know if required surgery?

1 year ago

Winfield at nickel, Edwards FS.

1 year ago

Brown bunking with Brady is a great move to get Antonio up to speed on the playbook at warp speed.

1 year ago

I appreciate the question on Vea. Thank you for following through with that Mark

1 year ago

TB made this same offer to AB when he signed with New England in 2019, but now AB took him up on it.

1 month ago

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