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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.

Below are the questions we chose for this week’s edition of the PR Bucs Monday Mailbag.

Question: I can’t find a lot of mistakes in this year’s Bucs draft. If you had to nitpick and change one decision made by the Bucs, what would it be? Zack Moss over Ke’Shawn Vaughn? Not giving up that fourth-round pick to move up one spot? Something else? Or was it a perfect draft?

Answer: While it is way too early to call it a perfect draft, as you need to give it a couple years, this group looks really solid, highlighted by what appears to be a great selection in offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs. This could be the Bucs’ new version of Paul Gruber. A long-time, solid starter, that fills a void and a position Tampa Bay won’t need to worry about for the next 10 years or so. Bucs fans hope it is more of the Gruber-type pick as opposed to a Charles McRae-type of pick.

Bucs RT Tristan Wirfs

Bucs RT Tristan Wirfs – Photo courtesy of Iowa

Safety Antoine Winfield Jr. also could be a plug-and-play starter for the Buccaneers. Having a father who played a long time in the league – and very successfully – gives the younger Winfield an air of confidence and maturity that few have when coming in as a rookie.

If we were to nitpick any little thing it was maybe the team not moving down a little later in the third round and recouping a fourth-round pick, before selecting Ke’Shawn Vaughn. That doesn’t mean the Bucs didn’t try, and found no one willing, but if Vaughn was their guy and they believed in him, then I don’t really even have a problem with them taking him where they did.

The seventh-round selection of linebacker Chapelle Russell also could be nitpicked somewhat, but at the end of the day if a seventh-rounder makes a team and contributes in any capacity, then it’s a huge bonus. General manager Jason Licht and his crew have done a good job of finding linebackers without using premium picks – players like Kwon Alexander, Kendell Beckwith and Jack Cichy, so I can’t even fault them for that pick.

As Jon Ledyard pointed out last week in a film breakdown, the tape showed mixed results, but there were obviously things that Russell beings to the table that we don’t necessarily see.

As stated earlier, to grade a rookie class before those new players have even set foot on the football field is just being speculative. But from appearing to have filled some needs on the roster, this draft looks extremely solid, and one that could be end up as one of Licht’s best. Ask me again in three years and we will know a lot more.

Question: What makes quarterback Reid Sinnett worth a six-figure contract? And have there been other UDFAs who have earned that much?

Answer: Clearly the Buccaneers felt San Diego quarterback Reid Sinnett had a draftable grade and gave him a guaranteed salary to rival that of a sixth-round or so draft pick. With $152,000 in guaranteed money, the Buccaneers see Sinnett as a developmental project and someone who they think can at the very least be a practice squad player in 2020. The salary guaranteed equals that of the money a practice squad players makes over a season. There is only so much money in an undrafted free agent signing bonus pool, so the way teams can get their guys is the guaranteed money.

Bucs GM Jason Licht

Bucs GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

As far as other undrafted free agents, who have signed for more than that, I am not sure of any. Of course if he ends up making the roster then the $152,000 turns into considerably more, as the NFL minimum salary for any first-year player is now $610,000.

Sinnett is raw, as he only started one year as a senior in high school and one year in college, but in both of those seasons be excelled, including putting up 3,528 passing yards to go along with 32 touchdowns with 10 interceptions at San Diego. Sinnett also added another six scores on the ground, proving he is a good athlete.

I don’t think the Buccaneers are expecting Sinnett to one day be Tom Brady’s successor, but in NFL terms, $152,000 is a very low risk amount to lock up a player you covet. Remember with undrafted free agents, they can negotiate with all 32 teams and the agents can play poker with teams to squeeze the most out of a negotiation.

Question: With Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate all there, do you think Antony Auclair will still be on the roster and/or get much playing time?

Answer: That is a tough one to figure out. A lot depends on how many tight ends the Buccaneers decide to keep. Last year the team went with four, so I suspect they will also do the same this season. The team loves what Antony Auclair brings to the table as a blocker and prior to the addition of Rob Gronkowski, Auclair was the best blocker among last year’s roster.

Gronkowski brings that element to his game as well, and that is somewhat overlooked by his prolific numbers he has put up over his career as a receiver with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. He can do it all, and do it well. However, will the Buccaneers put him on a pitch count and do they want to risk more injury and wear and tear using him as a blocker in the run game? My guess is no, but there will be times when he is asked to chip an end or block a blitzing linebacker on occasion.

The good news, is, he is excellent at blocking and you can see how good he can be in this film breakdown by former NFL player and current Fox NFL commentator Brian Baldinger.

Question: Jameis Winston’s new contract must be a huge blow to his ego. Do you think he makes it in the NFL? If he had stayed with the Bucs, how much would they have paid him as a backup?

Answer: When the season ended had you asked Jameis Winston where he would be five months later, I don’t think he – or anyone else – would have guessed it would be as a backup for a $1.1 million base salary with New Orleans. I won’t say it was a blow to his ego, but certainly a humbling experience for Winston and his camp.

I still believe Winston will have success in the NFL. He is extremely talented, as evidenced by the numerous NFL and team marks he established in his first five seasons in the NFL. Players just don’t accidentally throw for over 5,000 yards. We all know the key to how successful he will be comes down to how many of his turnovers he can eliminate moving forward.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

As far as being a backup here in Tampa Bay, that was just never going to happen. The Buccaneers had no desire to keep Winston once the decision to sign Tom Brady was made. There would be no good to come from it honestly. Winston wants to find a home where he is the future and could have a fresh start. And the Bucs didn’t want the distraction of having him on the bench.

Say if Brady has a two-game losing streak where he posted mediocre numbers and Winston was the backup, now the Winston supporters and fans in the stands, on radio call-in shows and maybe even some in the locker room start calling for Winston to get a shot to start. It could be a nightmare from a team chemistry standpoint.

The Bucs and Winston went through a divorce. You can’t keep your new wife and ex-wife in the same house. Nothing good was going to come from that. The team turned the page and time will tell if they made the right decision.

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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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BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB(@buc-ass-bob)
1 year ago

It would very hard to have a better draft,At least first three. It is clear Bruce Arians in charge

Pete Wood
Pete Wood(@littlebrownjug)
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

Buc Ass, you have positively become an optimist!

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB(@buc-ass-bob)
Reply to  Pete Wood
1 year ago

The QB position has gone thru a major upgrade bringing with it huge upgrades and positive energy.
72 Dolphins on notice!

Thunderman
Thunderman(@thunderman)
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

Is this really the Buc Ass Bob we know and love?

Gatordoc1
Gatordoc1(@gatordoc1)
Reply to  Pete Wood
1 year ago

scary, isn’t it

Pete Wood
Pete Wood(@littlebrownjug)
1 year ago

I gave this draft an A plus from day one and still do. I can’t think of how to improve it.

I hope Winston continues to play in the NFL. He’s a good guy. I just don’t want him with the Saints.

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
1 year ago

Wouldn’t it be better just getting rid of Griffin, and keeping Sinnett as the third Q.B.? I mean, Griff’s almost S.S. age, and he hasn’t started a regular season game yet! Time to move on there. I’m glad Mark you made no mention of Wirfs moving to guard as others think will happen. The kid has been a RT for a great O line program for three straight years at RT since being a freshman. We needed a RT, we drafted a kid who played RT for three years. He’s playing RT for us.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

Hey surferdudes, I think there is a chance that this might happen. It might come down to dollars and sense. I think Grif makes like 1.5 mill or so as a 3rd string backup. If this Sinnett makes 150 grand. If kid has any type of ability then there is a chance that he replaces Grif on the roster. Apparently, they will not play Grif at QB in regular season. God knows there was ample opportunities for him to get into a game last year and the Bucs refused. So why keep him if there is a younger, cheaper version… Read more »

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  bucballer
1 year ago

I think Sinnett makes for a better 3rd string project because he has better measurements and possibility to be a hidden gem. Griff has played his part and been and ok pre-season WB to throw to the backups to see what we have, but when he did get in the game last year he looked pedestrian. I say give Sinnet a chance to become a solid 3rd string and see if he cant develop into a quality 2nd string or even surprise as a future starter.

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB(@buc-ass-bob)
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

Griffin knows the offense and looked really good last year preseason, I am for putting him under microscope this camp make choice after watching all of them.

Buc stops here
Buc stops here(@buc-stops-here)
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

If they play the preseason with no crowds, we will probably get to see both Griffin play and Sinnett play. Probably Brady as well early on as he needs to develop chemistry with his new team. This preseason will be very interesting to see what goes on at QB – and who is playing.

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

He actually started at LT which is even better for him and his versatility.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
1 year ago

On another note because I thought I had sent this an earlier article about signing a new offensive tackle; I want to thank Damar godson for being a steady player for all these years. He can hold his head up high that he contributed to the Buccaneer organization. I wish him the best because he is a warrior.
I hope the Bucs will find a ministrelli position for him because his character speaks volumes. Go Bucs.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  Horse
1 year ago

Dotson

oldbuc
oldbuc(@oldbuc)
Reply to  Horse
1 year ago

Look at Nick leverett to make some noise in camp. Big fast and effective super low penalty rate , grated out over 85 percent all four years.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0(@alldaway)
Reply to  oldbuc
1 year ago

Good call. Bucs could have a gem on the OL afterall.

buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW(@buccaneernw)
Reply to  Horse
1 year ago

Damar Godson?

ministrelli?

danielob
danielob(@danielob)
1 year ago

I thin we will keep 4 tight ends, the final roster is 55 players this year so there is room, unless we go heavier with more wide-outs. Knowing Gronk’s injury history we do go heavier in the tight end room. Hope Winston does succeed after his 1 year in New Orleans, he is a good guy, look at what he is still doing in the Tampa area helping out with the Covid-19 crisis. I never though we would keep him after we signed Brady, the line ” You can’t keep your new wife and ex-wife in the same house” is… Read more »

Horse
Horse(@horse)
1 year ago

I also like to say something about McRae an offensive tackle who did so so with the Bucs.
He went on with the Oakland raiders as a Right Fuard for many years. It was the Bucs who did not put him in his position that he really excelled in. I thought he was a good pic pick and still do.

a-bomb
a-bomb(@a-bomb)
Reply to  Horse
1 year ago

Arguably, the biggest problem with the 80s and 90s Bucs was that many of the players they drafted “didn’t get put in the right position” to succeed. A number of those guys went on to significant success with other teams. The improvement in player development is directly proportional to the win/loss record.

buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW(@buccaneernw)
1 year ago

They say there are no dumb questions, just dumb people who ask questions…

Who in their right mind could entertain the idea that Winston might’ve been able to stay as a backup? I mean, WTF? Do we really need to entertain the worst questions? Or are the questions PR receives just that weak?

Buc stops here
Buc stops here(@buc-stops-here)
1 year ago

The Winston comment was very telling. It is the last stop to Clarksville for Winston. He throws a lot of INTs on that team, he will be done in the NFL – he will not be touchable anymore. He is fortunate that the Saints were willing to make him a backup. There were still a few opportunities in the NFL but it seems most teams passed on the chance for getting a 5000 yard passer last year. The 30 INTs must have scared most teams off.

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  Buc stops here
1 year ago

The 30 INTs is exactly what scared teams off, it’s what scared the Bucs off. His “off field problems” are a non factor. His positives are through the roof, his downside of the INTs is 100% of his problems.

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Exactly. The book literally starts and ends with INT’s with Jameis. As well
as every chapter in between.

43 Is Only Old in Human Years
43 Is Only Old in Human Years(@bringbackalstott)
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

Could someone explain the difference between a “gun-slinger” and a “bust” when it comes to a QB? These numbers are Bret Favre’s 2008 – 22 INTS (Led the league), 2005 – 29 INTs (led the league), 2003 – 21 INTS, 1999 – 23 INTS, 1998 – 23 INTS, 1993 – 23 INTS (led the League), Career – 336 INTS (NFL Record) Super Bowl wins 1 (1991) his 6th year, elected to the Hall of Fame – 2016

Did we give up on Winston too early?

plopes808
plopes808(@plopes808)
Reply to  43 Is Only Old in Human Years
1 year ago

I’d say the difference is wins and losses. While you can’t put either on the QB alone, many of his turnovers arguably cost us the game

Motoven2
Motoven2(@motoven2)
1 year ago

I had hoped we would have drafted a quarterback to train under Brady this year.
You never know but he may not play next year but one year with him would have really helped a rookie. Two years with Brady and we should have had our quarterback of the future. I know everyone wants to win this year but I’m concerned about 2022 and on. Go Bucs

fanofdabucs
fanofdabucs(@fanofdabucs)
1 year ago

Ask any decent NFL caliber QB with those WRs/TEs to go out and play with reckless abandon, damn the INTs..most would be able to reach 5k yards. Also, I have been hearing now for the last few years how great of a blocker Auclair is. I just don’t see it. He’s pretty good at times and he gets beat quit a bit as well. I actually think he’s been part of the running issues. I’d lobe to see one of these new guys with tons of time on their hands to do a breakdown of Auclair’s blocking last year. I… Read more »

MichBuc
MichBuc(@michbuc)
1 year ago

Does anyone know what Reid Sinnett’s 40 yard dash time is? I haven’t seen that anywhere.

buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW(@buccaneernw)
Reply to  MichBuc
1 year ago

More importantly, does anybody have any videos of his highlights, showing off his throwing and functional movement ability? Close to nothing found on Youtube.

thegeebo
thegeebo(@thegeebo)
1 year ago

While this site’s writers and quite a few commenters spoke about bringing Winston back when the season ended, I and other like-minded individuals argued that Winston had NO MARKET. No team wants a crab-stealing, W-eating, Uber-harrassing, alleged R-wordist as their starting QB UNLESS the guy wins. Jameis turned the ball over 35 times last year…. No one cares about yardage and TD passes when you literally hand wins to the other team. While I predicted he would sign as a backup, I didn’t think it would be for the lowly amount of $1.1m (I was thinking $3-5m). With that being… Read more »

Buc-Up
Buc-Up(@buc-up)
1 year ago

What if, as some of us suspected, Winston’s eyesight was really the issue and he stops throwing picks now that he’s gotten lasik? If that happens and I’m the Glazers, then Licht’s seat has s on FIRE! One for drafting him in the first place with bad eyesight and two for not identifying it and correcting.

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  Buc-Up
1 year ago

He won the Heisman and a National Chapionship and almost another one with that eye site. It was good enough to break all the records he did and Licht couldn’t do the correction, Winston had to wait until he was old enough and until his prescription stayed the same for 2 years, that’s how LASIK works. I have a feelin his accuracy will go up for sure with the correction, especially on deep passes, but no one else’s job will be lost because of it.

buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW(@buccaneernw)
Reply to  Buc-Up
1 year ago

He didn’t throw picks because he didn’t see clearly. That’s BS.

ScottC543
ScottC543(@scottc543)
Reply to  buccaneerNW
1 year ago

That remains open to debate, IMO.

However, what CAN’T be debated is that his poor eyesight certainly didn’t make him better. Being able to see clearly can only help the guy play football.

IDGABuc
IDGABuc(@idgabuc)
Reply to  buccaneerNW
1 year ago

BuccaneersNW, I feel like I should ask you to read that sentence you wrote out loud..

seat26
seat26(@seat26)
1 year ago

I hate to rain on everyone’s parade, but one player does not make a Super Bowl Contender on a team who’s high spot in the last three years is 7-9. I will be absolutely thrilled if we become a winning team. And I think we have the players to do so. But as far as TE’s and QBs, we don’t use TEs anyway, so who cares? And I love Brady, but he is older than dirt, and I think it has been a long time since he was sacked 47 times. The only mistake we made was not drafting a… Read more »

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  seat26
1 year ago

It is possible if the one player replaces the one that kept us from winning. We will see how it works out and if he plays like he plays then we have the team to make a run for it, we just needed the QB spot to be more consistent. If you were saying that about a Corner or Defensive End I would agree, but about a QB? You must not watch much football.

seat26
seat26(@seat26)
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

I think Winston definitely turned the ball over too much. But if you think Brady is going to get 5100 yards you’re nuts. He will definitely make fewer mistakes, but it is going to take more than that to win 10 11 or 12 games which I believe is what it will take to win the division. We had about half a season of really good play from our Defense overall, maybe if we can duplicate that this year and improve upon it, we can add a couple of wins, But if Brady gets sacked a couple of times a… Read more »

IDGABuc
IDGABuc(@idgabuc)
Reply to  seat26
1 year ago

Brady gets rid of the ball in 2.5secs or less. THAT is why he isn’t going to be sacked 47 times. If we’d had Brady instead of Winston last year this team makes the playoffs, period. You don’t win games throwing for 5100 yds, you win by scoring more, and allowing less points. Think of Winston if he was an NHL player.. He’d have been about -8 in TO ratio when almost every other QB in the league would’ve had a positive ratio. He gave the other team more chances to score than he did for us in a time… Read more »

seat26
seat26(@seat26)
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

This is about saving Licht’s Job. Brady gives him the best shot at that. But it does nothing for the future of the team. They should have taken one more offensive lineman and one QB. I would have moved up in the 2nd and taken a better running back to compliment Rojo.

plopes808
plopes808(@plopes808)
Reply to  seat26
1 year ago

Usually I’d agree that one player doesn’t make a Super Bowl contender. But when that one player is the GOAT and the guy he is replacing turned the ball over 33 times, I’d say there’s a great chance that one guy makes a huge difference. Sure, Brady has never put up the numbers Winston did. But when has Brady ever had anywhere near the amount of weapons he has at his disposal right now? I’d say it’s hard to find a starting QB who wouldn’t light up the stat sheet with our offense. The difference by far will be turnovers.… Read more »

gcolerick
gcolerick(@gcolerick)
1 year ago

Let me preface the following statement with I am not unhappy with how our draft turned out and I am ok with losing the 4th rounder to secure Wirfs but for the Bucs to have a perfect draft, they had to establish the narrative of the team being just as happy with Kinlaw as they were with one of the four offensive tackles. If that had been established then Licht would have had leverage with Lynch on draft day. Lynch would not have traded down with another team if he was afraid of losing Kinlaw to the Bucs. Wirfs would… Read more »

Bucko40
Bucko40(@bucko40)
Reply to  gcolerick
1 year ago

One of the teams rumored to be interested in a OT was Denver. The Niners weren’t going to make that move because if Denver takes Wirfs the Bucs would’ve in all likelihood taken Kinlaw. We can play the what if game forever and never truly know. The Bucs made the move to get the player they coveted. I’m pretty sure if Taylor or Swift had been there at #45 then a different narrative might have been written. If the Bucs had taken Dobbins or Akers in the 2nd would the Safety talent in Rd 3 have been as good? Blackmon(Utah)… Read more »

DT25
DT25(@dt25)
Reply to  gcolerick
1 year ago

Except Licht also knew about Joe Staley’s impending retirement, which means even if Lynch didn’t want to trade back as far as the teams trying to trade into their spot, he may have instead decided Wirfs was too good to pass up at 13. So Wirfs>Kinlaw at 13 may have been the preference if the option of Kinlaw and a 4th wasn’t presented. It’s impossible to know for sure without actually being John Lynch, which is why the deal ultimately made sense. In a situation where you have to rely on other people’s decisions, the only way to ensure the… Read more »

IDGABuc
IDGABuc(@idgabuc)
Reply to  DT25
1 year ago

It IS possible to know what Lynch was thinking because they showed him at home laughing his A** off like a little kid who’d pulled the best prank on his neighbors and then they rewarded him with his favorite toy! I am so sick of everyone not only knowing what position we want in the draft but the EXACT player! Jason Licht sucks as playing the draft game the way it needs to be played, period. And Denver was taking Jeudy imo, Wirfs or not. We got taken for a 4th when there ended up being a bunch of good… Read more »

AlstottSmash
AlstottSmash(@auclairlycanadian)
1 year ago

Cutting Auclair?! Don’t go there! Ha

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy(@eastendboy)
1 year ago

The perfect draft Wirfs is the next Paul Gruber 43 year old Brady is as good as 33 year old Brady Gronk after a whole year out of the game, reconstructed knee, and back, is… well… Gronk Odds to win (not make) the superbowl, best in the league? Ok guys, I hate to rain on the parade, but maybe we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves? I think we’ll be better than 2019, I think we have the best chance to make the playoffs in a decade…maybe we can keep it there for now…at least until we actually play a… Read more »

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  EastEndBoy
1 year ago

They don’t have the best odds to win the SB. Where did you see that? They’re not even predicted to win their division

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

Fair enough lol

NaplesFan2.0
NaplesFan2.0(@firelichtmovement)
1 year ago

This was a great draft by a bunch of standards, as it hit on needs with impact players. A perfect draft? Cleveland jumped around in front of us to get players it seemed like we were targeting twice, in Delpit and Nick Harris. I cant complain about either Golden Gopher on the team now, but we don’t know if either player would have been drafted by the Bucs had Delpit and Harris been there. I think its nitpicking at this point, but overall, great draft.

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