The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your questions from our @PewterReportTwitter 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. Read them over and offer up your thoughts in the comment section.

Question: With a lot of depth at WR and big contracts coming next year (Smith , Alexander, Marpet) is Adam Humphries a potential trade candidate?

Answer: I really don’t believe so. Now, if you ask me if he is here next year, I would have to say most likely not. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2019, and all it will take is one team throwing big bucks his way and the team most likely won’t try and match it. And that isn’t to say the Bucs don’t like Humphries, because they do. But his current salary of $2.9 million is pretty much in line with his production. And based on Mike Evans being the No. 1 for a long time and the development of Chris Godwin and some younger players, paying any more than what they are paying this season just doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Humphries had his best season of his career in 2017 with 61 receptions for 631 yards, but that appears to be his ceiling with this team based on the depth chart. Of course, anything is possible, and if a rash of injuries to some other team’s receiving corps were to take place early in the season, Humphries could be sought after. If a team made the Bucs a really good offer, then it is possible they could part ways.

Humphries loves Tampa and would enjoy spending the rest of his career playing in Tampa Bay, but he also understands that the NFL is a business.

Question: Since Jameis Winston negotiated his suspension to only 3 games, do you think he would’ve appealed a lengthier ban?

Answer: All of this talk of a negotiated deal with the league is just that – talk.

We just don’t know how much truth there is to that. And the more I think about it, I don’t know that I believe it. I just don’t see the NFL negotiating a deal if they felt there was enough proof, especially in a violation of a sexual nature. In my opinion — and just my opinion — I believe the NFL felt there was a possibility that the occurrence did, in fact, take place, however they knew that if this were a court of law there was no way it would have held up. So that is where the three games came from, instead of more. The situation tarnished “The Shield” therefore there was no way it would go completely unpunished. And Winston’s reputation, fair or not, was a factor. So, as far a a negotiation goes, I think that is the wrong term. More like a settlement or resigned to the fact Winston was getting something.

Now, to your main question, yes had it been longer than three games I absolutely feel Winston would have fought it hard. But his people knew that he wasn’t going to get off unscathed short of the Uber driver recounting her accusation. And when that didn’t happen they accepted the punishment probably reluctantly.

Question: Why does safety Keith Tandy always get the shaft? I don’t understand the underutilization of him when he was the best safety two years ago, and based on Trevor’s cover 3 he’s been the most consistent safety.

Answer: You know that is really a good question, and one I can only speculate on. The fact is, every time Tandy gets significant playing time, all he does is produce, going back to his second year in the league when he nabbed three interceptions for Greg Schiano. I coached high school football for five seasons and youth football for a number of years and it seemed we always a player who didn’t impress a lot physically or in practice, but for whatever reason, just had a knack for making plays when the lights came on. And, as a coach, you just overthink things. You tend to not believe it, or feel it was more luck than skill, but all the player did was produce. I see a lot of that in Tandy. He isn’t overly imposing physically, doesn’t wow you with speed or crazy athleticism, he just gets the job done.

Question: Odds of the Bucs taking a flier on Kaepernick or Johnny football to compete for the Backup QB spot?

Answer: Slim to none on Kaepernick, and not a chance in H-E-double hockey sticks on Manziel. This isn’t my opinion, just my speculation, so don’t get mad and bring up all kind of crazy stats about Kaepernick when I say this, but, I don’t believe the organization believes he is a good fit for a Koetter offense. His strengths, and I do believe he has plenty, aren’t really in the wheelhouse of Koetter’s style of offense, at least until this point. We did see the Bucs show some RPOs in the offseason, but up until then, that hasn’t been something Koetter has really shown prior. And again, this is just my opinion, but I just don’t know the organization wants the circus that would follow Kaepernick if he were to come to Tampa Bay.

Again, don’t unleash angry tweets and comments. I don’t know if those things are completely true, I can’t say with certainty the Bucs feel that way, it is just my speculation. I am a fan of Kaepernick, and on a personal opinion level respect his opinions and political positions. I also respect him for spending millions of his own money to do things to try and make a difference. A quick story –  we get a conference call weekly with opposing head coaches and also a player from the opposing team, and one of the most enlightening ones I had was a couple years back prior to Tampa Bay traveling to take on the 49ers. It was late in the afternoon when Kaepernick called, due to west coast time and there was only a few media members still at One Buc. But Kaepernick came across very sincere and respectful and I learned a lot that late afternoon/early evening. I don’t necessarily agree with everything, however I completely respect where he is coming from and believe he is committed to making a change.

If Kaepernick were in the realm of Tom Brady, you bet teams would be willing to deal with all of the attention that would come with signing Kaepernick. But he isn’t. Is he better than several backups, and even a couple starts in the league? You bet. But, is he good enough, talent wise, for teams to be willing to deal with all of the attention they would have nationally, and even internationally if they signed the outspoken former 49ers? That, is my opinion, is why he is still a free agent.

Question: Do you see a different type of training camp compared to last year’s “soft” camp?

Answer: This question was asked earlier this year, and is actually one I get a lot even outside of the Mailbag. Here is what I wrote last time in case you missed it.

It will be interesting to see exactly how Koetter handles things this camp. Were the Bucs 5-11 last year because they had a softer camp than previous coaches? Obviously the answer is no, at least not entirely. There were plenty of other issues (injuries, lack of running game and pass rush) and having a more physical camp would not have changed any of those problems, in my opinion. However, I do believe that, at the very least, it can instill some mental toughness that down the road, say in a close fourth quarter game, that might be the difference in the outcome. And even if it changes just one game, maybe that one game is the difference between 9-7 and 10-6 and a playoff berth or not.

I’ve mentioned the Jaguars running sprints following the joint practices last year with Tampa Bay, and how quickly the Bucs wanted to get off the field following the sweltering heat last August. Heck, I couldn’t wait to get back in the air conditioning myself. But Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone wanted to make a statement to their players after spending the previous four seasons under “Mr. Nice Guy” Gus Bradley. The organization needed to change the mentality of the Jaguars and it obviously worked.

As far as a tougher camp, I most certainly would like to see more inside tough drills, more goal line and my past camp favorites, the 1-on1’s between the offensive line and defensive line. I don’t think we need to see tackling to the ground, but despite these guys knowing how to tackle, what is wrong with working on the the fundamentals a little more? To perfect your craft you have to practice your craft.

At the end of the day, it is Dirk Koetter’s team and his call. He has weighed out all the different options and worked out the “what-if’s”, and he will design camp around what he thinks is the best way for this team to succeed in 2018. We will see if it was the right approach in a few months.

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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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  1. This are great takes, the only thing I will say is do not be surprised if Humphries is here next year. Because he can play in the slot and with Desean Jackson aging and his contract where it is. Humphries could be a great option at a much cheaper price. I know him and Jackson have different skill sets. But all Humphries does is get first downs, he might not be a deep threat, but I will take a first down machine over a one trick pony any day.

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    • Humphries is a good slot WR but I think he will be gone next year also. I also believe Jackson will be gone unless he has a pro bowl season. Godwin is to good and will over take Jackson this year. WR may be our most talented position this year. The difference between Bobo Wilson, Watson, and Humphries isn’t much. Not enough to warrant 3-4 mil more for Humphries. Next year I think both Hump and Jackson will be gone.

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  2. Nice sane replies Mark in a sometime sea of irrationality. Such is the way of the MSM today.

    It is truly sad today how just a declaration or complaint with or without merit is all that is needed to be charged and convicted in the NFL whose narrative sadly has been oversold for years. Willie Meggs needs a special place in Hell for what he did to Winston with his rhetoric that sent the MSM into a tizzy.

    Enough that I hope Humphrey stays

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  3. One broken QB with bad national attention that has more losses than wins and to bring in a second broken QB with bad national attention with more losses than wins would be the stupidest move in the history of football from little league to NFL.

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  4. Bucs have more problems someone at Relativity Sports agents
    is looking for a playoff team to trade a big name Buc to.

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  5. I think how Dirk manages training camp this year is going to tell the tale on how good or bad this team performs. He ran a team friendly camp last season and it resulted in a 5-11 record, running the same camp again, at least to me, sends the message that despite the injuries the effort was acceptable which in MY mind clearly was not.

    He still can avoid doing things that may possibly create severe training camp injuries and still harden his players. Maybe that is with longer practice sessions, more intense teaching sessions, perhaps more physical training. The message can’t be ‘we are afraid to get hurt’ because I think that attitude transfers over into the regular season.

    Winners train hard.

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  6. I Totally Agree about Tandy! One reason he produces in games is as I have read is that he watch’s alot of film.

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  7. Tandy’s problem was in being transferred to Safety when he was an outstanding CB at WVa. and in becoming a star on Special Teams. When Smith wasn’t working out at CB last year a smart DC would have moved Tandy to DB. With his study of film he would have performed as a play making CB, just like Rhonde used to do and it could have changed our bad season last year. With all his Special Team expertise Tandy is a good tackler too. He could step into our Pro Bowl CB’s role next year too with no problem. He is way too valuable to trade.

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      The man gets no respect and I don’t get it

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  8. “I believe the NFL felt there was a possibility that the occurrence did, in fact, take place, however they knew that if this were a court of law there was no way it would have held up. ”

    I’m a little confused on your reasoning here Mark so help me understand it.

    You have a person who claimed they were groped while driving a car for Uber. They reported it contemporaneously to their boss and to friends via text, Uber interviewed the alleged groper and concluded the report was accurate and banned him. The person alleged to have groped the driver had an alibi that they were with friends and that the driver was mistaken. After a 9 month investigation the alibi was proven false and it was determined that the person alleged to grope the driver was in fact in the car by himself with them. The alleged groper later admitted that they did not recall certain parts of the night due to alcohol.

    So the question is whether that the allegation of groping is beyond a reasonable doubt. I’m not sure why you would say there’s “no way” it was if you can appreciate cases where Bill Cosby was recently convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault without some smoking gun video, there have also been priests who were convicted of sexual assault without the aid of a a video either.

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    • I believe his point is that this situation is a “he said she said” type case and if there was any legitimate evidence that Winston committed sexual assault, there is no way the league would have hit him with anything less than 6 games

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      • The NFL concluded that Winston touched the driver without her consent, so they very much had a right to suspend him for 6 whether there was live streaming video of the event or not. Contemporaneous notes are in fact admissible in court as a form of evidence. So when someone immediately tells other people about an event after it was said to occur and there are written documents which are dated such as texts of that as well along with evidence they were at the place in question together it very much has legal standing and is more that just a “he said she said.”

        The suspension was dropped to 3, there was no appeal and the details of their investigation were not leaked (which was surely negotiated in the deal) as a way to avoid the Ezekiel Elliot situation of a case getting lots of media attention for the appeal process that followed. Cowboys fans were not pleased to see Winston get a more favorable sentence and example of that could be seen here https://cowboyswire.usatoday.com/2018/06/28/dallas-cowboys-jameis-winston-suspension-tampa-bay-buccaneers-ezekiel-elliott-roger-goodell/

        The NFL has every desire to keep it’s players out of trouble and to keep them in the good graces of the media. While people may think that Roger Goodell is out to railroad every player in the league you would be hard pressed to ignore the Elliot suspension last year in relationship to Winston this year and not see it play a factor in the outcome.

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  9. Devashar, there have also been a number of cases where men have been falsely accused by vindictive or irrational women. See the LA high school player who was convicted of rape by a girl whose mother cooked up a money making scheme. See the Duke Lacrosse team.
    Although Winston may have groped the lady in question, he also may just have been making a pass. When it seemed like she was objecting, he stopped. Three games seems a little harsh for what may have just been a pass.
    I would take most of the people who want to keel haul Winston more seriously if just one of them would print they think Donnie Trump shouldn’t be President for the same type of behavior that he virtually confessed to.
    None of them have. Do you want to be the first.

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  10. Devashar, there have also been a number of cases where men have been falsely accused by vindictive or irrational women. See the LA high school player who was convicted of rape by a girl whose mother cooked up a money making scheme. See the Duke Lacrosse team.
    Although Winston may have groped the lady in question, he also may just have been making a pass. When it seemed like she was objecting, he stopped. Three games seems a little harsh for what may have just been a pass.
    I would take most of the people who want to keel haul Winston more seriously if just one of them would print they think Donnie Trump shouldn’t be President for the same type of behavior that he virtually confessed to.
    None of them have. Do you want to be the first.

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    • Absolutely, you first verify the merits of the accusation. When the accused creates a false alibi and admits they don’t recall the events of that night upon further investigation that’s where you have a case.

      The thing is, in order for charges to have been brought in AZ the driver would have had to make a formal police report and risk having her identity exposed in the process (a la Kinsman).

      Mark is conflating the fact that there was no criminal case with it being a weak claim when it literally had to do with a lack of criminal complaint by the Uber driver.

      If you’ve lived long enough you’ve had things stolen from you or other actions that you could have called the police about. Most of the time you don’t; for one it’s a giant headache, and for two the police are often understaffed and occasionally guide those calling them to consider the affects of their testimony (which happened in Tallahassee with Winston the first time).

      It’s not as simple as no court date means the claim couldn’t have won in court. From what I’ve read the driver was looking to make a point, not involve herself in the trial of a celebrity.

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    • @drdneast Regarding Trump, of which this is a Bucs board not a political one; there are at least 100 reasons I could citr why his behavior is atrocious to be the President of the United States. Having a dozen or so women accuse him of sexual impropriety, lusting after his daughter on Stern, the racist comments about Mexicans, saying he doesn’t want people from s-hole countries and only wants people from Norway, attempting to campaign for Roy Moore after all of the underage women he was accused of dating…yeah there is a ton to unpack there and way more than one reason.

      If you think that because someone can look at a case and say one side clearly has more evidence than the other and the individual in question already has a rape accusation under their belt is purely because of racism (which is what you have been indicating) then I’m sorry for you, but you’re wrong.

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    • Why do you never mention Billy Clinton and his antics?

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      • Whataboutism much scubog? Fun fact: If you wiki Whataboutism, a propaganda technique used in Russia as “practically a national ideology” (which, somehow has made it’s way to the US in the past few years, go figure) you can see those who use it prominently and Donald Trump is listed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whataboutism

        Again, not to get into the muck of politics but the parody of the right wing fixation on the Clinton’s, George Soros and whatever else person that can be demonized into a “well what about” is fascinating in a “I’m sad that I’m looking up cult propaganda techniques and yet this is 30% of Americans we are talking about” sort of way.

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        • Too political for me basher.

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          • LOL scubog you “whatabout” Bill Clinton in response to the initial posters attempt to correlate people’s viewpoint to being about racist Trump supporters, then find the response too political? Ok then.

            I haven’t heard @drdneast respond since he put his request “I would take most of the people who want to keel haul Winston more seriously if just one of them would print they think Donnie Trump shouldn’t be President for the same type of behavior that he virtually confessed to.
            None of them have. Do you want to be the first.”

            I think I did and then some, now where did you go dear poster??

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