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:What are the chances of an Adam Humphries return? Humphries is Julian Edelman-like and he just won the SB MVP, not saying Humphries would do that, but he’s as reliable to Jameis Winston as Edelman is to Tom Brady.

Answer: This is going to be one of the most difficult decisions this team makes this offseason. We know for a fact they want Adam Humphries back, and we also can say they reached out to his agent during 2018 about an extension. The Bucs had a number in mind, but the Humphries camp wanted considerably more than Tampa Bay was willing to pay at that time. But this is all part of negotiations. One side comes in low, the other side comes in high, and hopefully they find some agreeable middle ground through the process.

I am guessing this coaching staff, after watching film of Humphries, has him in the “keep” pile. And if DeSean Jackson ends up in the “go” pile then it becomes even more imperative that head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht find a way to keep him. If Jackson and Humphries leave due to salary cap reasons, the Bucs have just Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as experienced receivers, and now a position of strength is one that Tampa Bay may have to address in the draft. The team likes Justin Watson, last year’s fifth-round pick, quite a bit, but he is still raw, and if the Bucs have an injury to either Evans or Godwin, is Watson ready to be the team’s No. 2 receiver?

I do think Tampa Bay does do what it can – within reason – to keep Humphries at around $6 million per year, and he told me late last season this is where he wants to be. But all it takes is one team in free agency to throw crazy money at him to make it difficult for the Bucs to retain him.

Question: Can history repeat itself to see the Bucs and Raiders in next year’s Super Bowl, since it happened after the last Rams vs Pats Super Bowl?

Answer: You bring up an interesting point, but I think we are quite a ways off from seeing the Bucs and Raiders match up in the Super Bowl next year – or any time soon. More so with the Raiders than the Bucs probably, but both teams have a lot of improving to do before we can even dream of that. When the Bucs and Raiders played in the Super Bowl during the 2002 season they were both coming off of very good seasons the year before. That wouldn’t be the case now.

Jon Gruden
Former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

This Bucs team isn’t one of those Tony Dungy teams that made it to the playoffs only to be disappointed in the postseason. The 2019 Bucs team would need to double the wins from 2018 to even get into the playoffs, much less make a serious run. And we all know how disappointing the Raiders were last year in the first season under Jon Gruden in his return to Oakland. The Raiders are picking fourth overall in the draft, and the Bucs are right behind at No. 5.

I would settle for a nine-win season in Tampa Bay, and I think that is a fair expectation for this team in 2019. Could it be worse or could it be better? Certainly, but I am not ready to head to Vegas and drop my paycheck on the Bucs making it to the Super Bowl in 2019.

Question: Did the Bucs also replace their strength and conditioning team? And do you foresee them moving on from some in the scouting department after the draft? Especially those who scout kickers and RBs?

Answer: Yes the team did add three new strength and conditioning coaches, while also retaining as assistant. The Bucs communication department put out this press release last week:

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Anthony Piroli
spent the 2018 season working as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Mississippi State, after having served as an assistant strength & conditioning coach for the Bulldogs in the 2014 season. Between his stints at Mississippi State, Piroli spent three seasons (2015-17) working as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Arizona Cardinals. A native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Piroli began his coaching career at his alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in 2007. From there he spent time at the University of Pittsburgh (2008-09) and working at Power Train Sports Institute in Pittsburgh (2009-11). Piroli was the co-owner and Director of Sports Performance at Evolution Sports in Pittsburgh from 2011-14, before joining Mississippi State. He also served as a volunteer strength coach for Ohio State in the summer of 2013.

Speed & Conditioning Coach
Roger Kingdom is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in the 110-meter hurdles in 1984 and 1988. He spent the 2018 season as the Interim Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at UCF. Prior to that, Kingdom worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Arizona Cardinals for four seasons (2014-17). He joined the Cardinals after 10 years at California University of Pennsylvania, working with the Track & Field/Cross Country teams (2004-13).

A former world and American record holder and one of only two runners to ever win consecutive Olympic titles in the 110-meter hurdles, Kingdom was named the 1989 USA Track and Field Athlete of the Year, the 1989 Jesse Owens International Amateur Athlete of the Year and Track and Field News 1989 Athlete of the Year. A five-time United States outdoor champion (1985, 1988-90, 1995), he won gold medals at the Pan American Games (1983, 1995), the World Cup (1989), the World University Games (1989) and the Goodwill Games (1990). He retired from active competition in 1999.

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Michael Stacchiotti spent the 2018 season at Mississippi State, working under Anthony Piroli. Prior to that, Stacchiotti spent a season with the University of Cincinnati (2017) and two seasons at Colorado State (2015-17). He began his collegiate coaching career as an intern strength coach at Mississippi State in 2015, following time working at the prep level in Ohio. Stacchiotti played collegiately at Baldwin Wallace University.

And Chad Wade, another assistant will enter his sixth season with the team.

I don’t think the Bucs have any major shakeups to their scouting staff planned, although there could be some tweaking of the group later in the spring. Some could be offered promotions on other teams, but we haven’t gotten any indications that any major changes are coming. Any changes would happen after the draft in May.

Question: Which players do you see the Bucs sitting at No. 5 for? I definitely think they would stay at No. 5 and hope some blue chip players could fall to them. If they don’t fall, what kinda player would Tampa Bay trade back for?

Answer: This is an interesting draft for sure, as there is no consensus on the Top 5 when you start looking through the different mock drafts. Other than Ohio State DE Nick Bosa, Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen and Alabama DT Quinnen Williams there really isn’t a consensus of the same players in a majority of the drafts as we have seen in past years, and there doesn’t appear to be a consensus on who the top quarterback is in this year’s draft.

Bucs GM Jason Licht (grey suit) and director of college scouting Mike Biehl (blue suit) - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs GM Jason Licht (grey suit) and director of college scouting Mike Biehl (blue suit) – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Is it Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Missouri’s Drew Lock or Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray? Add in the fact you could see some quarterback needy teams move up to get their guy and it appears this is a good draft for Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht to move down and pick up some additional picks, as he did in the first round in 2016 and last year.

I think the only three no-brainers for the Bucs would be if Allen, Bosa or Williams dropped to No. 5. At that point it would be very difficult to move down if that took place. It is still really early in the evaluation process and we will see guys rise and fall, especially after the NFL Scouting Combine in early March. The Combine is a big part of the final evaluation process for teams, not so much the on the field stuff as the one-on-one interviews and medical evaluations.

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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. The calm before the storm is over, No one on this site has any idea the way the Bucs will run under Arians, Pewter boys keep talking like the same people that have been in charge the last few years will still act the same.
    I believe Arians was sent here by the NFL to save the Glazers from themselves, No team has mismanaged as baddy the Glazzers have, This team was 5th in Revenue when Malcolm got sick now it is 31st only Cincy brought in less money last year than Tampa .
    Full stadiums sell 35 cent hotdogs for $6.00, 75 cent bear for $9.00 this team has gone to crisis mode at NFL, Bruce Arians will not do anything the same so just wait.
    If I am wrong and morons still running team nothing will change even with Arians.

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    • Wait. Its starting to make sense. B-A-B…are you a russian troll?

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    • From the negatives I guess 19 people on the site think the glaciers have done a good job with this team taking a superbowl team to 31st revenue I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone here only one team in the entire NFL has done the worst job that means 30 have done a better job do you understand without Revenue sharing this team would have been bankrupt and moved.

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  2. If this team had a top tier running back it would be a top 1-3 offense. Watching the rams last night, we could have moved the ball better than them. If the defense can get fixed we could be a contender.

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    • No way we would have had a better offensive performance last night. The rams oline is way better than ours yet the Patriots lived in the Rams backfield all night. Our QB wouldn’t have survived the game last night. We need to fix our oline if we ever want to compete.

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    • Yet you think signing Hunt would be one of the worst things this organization could do. Lol

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    • After watching the game last night, It’s clear that we need to work on our offensive line..Goff was pressured the whole game pretty much and we saw a terrible game by him and the rams offense..We must work on protecting the qb.

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    • Incorrect. If the team had a top tier OL it would be an elite offense. From PFF:

      In Rams’ four best run-blocking efforts, Todd Gurley ran 81 times for 405 yards (5.0 yards/carry).

      In their four worst run-blocking games, he ran 63 times for 237 yards (3.8 yards/carry)

      RB production is dependent on so many other variables besides the running back

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  3. If if if if we only had a quarterback or running back five good offensive lineman and a killer defense

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    • Honestly, BOB, we have a decent RB, a few good offensive lineman AND a good quarterback(could definitely be better if he clears his mind a little). This team doesn’t need a “killer defense”. We need a middle of the pack defense and two upgrades on the oline. Dot can’t do it anymore and, while we don’t really know what we have in Cappa yet, RG is a big hole. I think somebody not named Warhop will straighten Donovan out, along with Arians no non-sense demeanor. Just my thoughts on your post. Also, I’m sure it seems I pick at what you say a lot so I feel the need to throw this out there…. While I may disagree with most of what you say on here, I appreciate the passion behind your comments and the Buccaneers could use more fans like you

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      • Note I am not a Ryan Fitzpatrick fan however without the two Fitzpatrick magic wins that no one else would have won this team has the worst record in the NFL when it does win other than Fitzpatrick magic wins it’s against the worst teams in the NFL .. I cannot stand sitting in the stands and having more fans from the other team it drives me crazy I grew up in Denver a fan from the other teams didn’t even let themselves known I feel sorry for the Buccaneers when there’s more fans for the other team. I’m ready for a serious upgrade this team.

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  4. Yeah, but the actual Julian Edelman is a starting WR that only makes $5.5 million/yr. Do you really want to pay a Julian Edelman-like number 3 or 4 WR more than what the actual guy makes?

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  5. Licht mentioned a year or so ago that when they’ve missed in the draft, it’s been more about the mental make-up of the player than talent. Could argue that Jones may be a miss as well, depending on how his 2019 goes. Hoping whatever systems they have in place to gauge a player’s mentality gets improved at some point. Like Licht, but having consistent high-round busts can really hold a franchise back, as we’ve seen the last 10+ years.

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  6. LICHT passed on Probowl player to draft out of shape fat D tackle with first pick Famous old coach said if in doubt Draft best athlete Jason drafts the worst. What kind of mental makeup does a guy have to come in training camp fat and overweight.

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    • Actually, BOB, for a man of Vea’s size, he is an INCREDIBLE athlete. Watch his get off, overall speed and hustle, his power and his bend. There are a TON of guys in the league 20-30 lbs lighter than him that can not move the way he does. When he started playing with more fire he showed just the kind of player on want plugging the middle of my team’s d-line. Try again, dude

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      • Did you watch the Youtube about Bradley Chubb had the Buccaneers really looked at the film of the Fiesta Bowl something was wrong with vita vea Steve Gonzalezof Penn state manager has posted of YouTube of every play a Vita vea in the fiesta bowl. To showcase his offensive lineman kicking his ass

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        • Indeed they did. I didn’t see the game, but I did look up footage of Vita before and after the draft. When I look a player up it’s not just highlights I search for. The way he moved in that game led me to believe that he was hurt before we even drafted him

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        • Why in the world do you keep bringing up Bradley Chubb? He was taken before the bucs picked. Everyone and their brother knew he was a damn good prospect, you’re not putting a flag anywhere on his discovery. And if he was there, the Bucs would’ve picked him. Move on already.

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        • The problem bob, is that you keep mentioning Vea being terrible by mentioning one single game…the same exact game. You do realize people have “bad games” right? I already showed you factual stats on Vea in the last half of the season yet you, as always, over look his progress. And for the love of god, stop with the “fat” shit. Warren sap was fat and more explosive then you or I have ever been. Holati Gnata (spelling) was what you would call fat, and he dominates. Size isn’t necessarily a sign of your athleticism

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    • 2 things…

      1. Vea is in great shape for a guy his size and played very well down the stretch

      2. Derwin wouldn’t have had nearly as good a season in our secondary. He benefited a lot from having a good defense around him

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      • But…. I did see Derwin James come up and lay hits on RBs and WRs underneath. I also watched him blanket TE, and slot receivers on pass plays. Football instincts that can’t be taught!!!

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  7. If the Bucs lost Adam Humphries, they could always consider his replacement by draft fellow Clemson alum Hunter Renfrow.

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    • Marquise Brown would be all we need. Evans, Godwin, and Brown with OJ Howard .Stack the Oline with Cody Ford and Lindstrom/Dillard with Deandre Baker , Murphy . We can turn it around.

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  8. draft Jacques Patrick RB out of Florida State with a later pick in the draft, guy is a real bruiser.

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  9. I’m all in on Hump and fully agree with the comparison of Brady and Edelman. We tend to ignore the value of OJ and Brate in our receiver analysis. At this point would never pretend I knew what Arians has in mind and certainly agree we should prepare for some serious roster changes. Also agree that Last nights SB was an excellent example of how great coaching (Belichick) can develop midlevel talent. No conspiracy by NFL unless you question what Gurley’s problem was. Finally if one of the big 3 edge rushers fall to 5 take him. If they are gone OL is priority at 5.

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    • Last nights superbowl was an exercise in futility and poor execution. The rams had the worst offensive performance Ive ever seen from a championship team. Belichick wasn’t a genius. Goff was awful and Gurley was on the sideline doing nothing. McVay stunk in the championship game and wasn’t better in the bowl.

      At least we got to watch the Bud Knight get decimated.

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  10. Just a question, I realize that many, many people do not like Licht. What I cannot understand is why everyone is saying that we are missing out on potential free agents while other clubs are being aggressive, etc. Other than players, such as the Pro Bowl, approaching potential FA’s to try and sway them, why would anyone on the Bucs approach anyone from another club until March 11. We have enough issues without violating the NFL rules regarding contact – and yes, I understand there might be chatter, etc., which is disallowed, and wink, wink, discussions. However, we shouldn’t be doing anything that could potentially lose us draft picks, etc. The potential options, etc., will proceed as the month goes on, teams re-sign their own players, decide who not to tender, who to transition, franchise, etc. The speculation and mock drafts, potential landing places, etc., are entertaining, and opinions are great, but calm down as far as lack of action please!

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  11. What stood out most in last night’s game was the strength of both O line and D line for BOTH teams. That’s where great teams are built. That’s where we should focus this offseason.

    To that end, we need more players, I say….
    – Trade D-Jax for whatever we can get
    – Trade GMC for whatever we can get
    – Make a deal to move D. Smith. The guy is who he is. Shouldn’t pay $12m just cuz.
    – We should find a way to keep Hump after we deal with, trade, release Jackson.
    – We may also need to look at trading Brate. Love the guy, but we need picks, that’s too much $$$ at TE.

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  12. I have not followed Arians in the past;
    does anybody know if he uses the slant pass enough to justify Humphreys getting paid 4-5 million a year?

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    • He loves a vertical threat. His offense is predicated on it. In Pit he had Santonio, then Antonio. In Indy he had TY Hilton. In Arizona he had Fitz and Floyd. His RBs have always been pedestrian. Not a slant guy.

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      • My bad, Antonio Brown then drafted Emmanual Sanders, but the point is the same.

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      • Im betting he really does want Desean Jackson in Tampa. I wouldn’t be surprised if he let Hump leave and kept D.Jax. Mad, yes, but not surprised.

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        • It depends if Jackson’s head is on straight.

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  13. Bucs should try to keep Humphries. Jackson is definitely gone. This is a historically strong Defensive draft. But Bucs have so many needs on offensive line, especially if Smith moves on. And after the 1st round, options at OT and Guard will shrink fast. I am hoping Bucs trade down and pick up a few more picks. Knowing John Gruden, I could see him taking a top Defensive lineman with the 4th pick and then trading back up to get a QB. Bucs would be a prime candidate for that trade. Bucs might even be able to pick up an extra 1st and a second.

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  14. Reference the Scouting Department, I had a neighbor who was, at that time, a scout for the Redskins (his dad was a Falcons HC at one time) who told me that the scouting department is selected by the front office and not the coaching staff. Hence, just because the coaching staff has changed, the scouting department usually doesn’t, which is why he stayed in the organization through numerous HC changes. I’m not sure if all of the teams are run that way, but the Redskins were.

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  15. One more time, I realize that many people who comment on this board have little concept of the rules of contracts, free agents, transition players, who you can trade, who you have leverage with and who you don’t.

    If anyone out there who keeps making these comments on what we should or should not get from certain players, make a very small effort to realize when you have leverage and when you don’t. Until February/ March, I will read comments for the passion and wish lists, but until you look at the roster, understand who is under contract, who is not, speculating we should/can trade, what picks we can get, how we can convince some team to give us umpteenth draft picks for players we will probably cut and receive absolutely NOTHING for, at least look at the NFL schedule: https://operations.nfl.com/football-ops/league-governance/2018-19-important-nfl-dates/ You get NOTHING for players not under contract. You get NOTHING for a player with a non-guaranteed contract unless you exercise their option. (taking a huge chance they actually accept it). Look only for players you have control of through a contract that someone is willing to accept AND give up draft pick(s) to get them. Until March, when we know who the Bucs will actually have SOME CONTROL over, quit thinking the world is going to trade a dozen picks for McCoy, JPP, Djack and yes even DSmith (March 5) Jaemis (March 13). The dates are what they are, only a complete idiot would play their hand until the very last day they have to and there is no reason they should. See you all March 11-13 (since I doubt anyone will even look up the significance of those 3 dates). However, tags will be placed, contracts/tenders are extended, INITIAL players will be cut, the Buc’s meet the 2019 salary Cap. and the real fun begins.

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  16. The Rams O-line looked bad because the “Flying Elvises” defense totally confused them. Out-coached! The Rams young QB, whose confidence tends to teeter, was also a victim of simply not having the ball enough as the Elvises controlled the clock. Rams defense unable to get Brady and company off the field. The Rams abandoned the running game, perhaps due to defensive strategy or their offensive game plan, putting Goff in an even more precarious situation. Goff then tried to win the game himself, threw a poor pass under pressure and “badabing” lost the game in which they were never more than one score behind.

    Sound familiar?

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