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: With no rookie training camp, What can our rookies and free agents do to improve their game? Can they have any contact with coaches at all for help or get a playbook? How bad has the COVID-19 situation hurt their chances?
Answer: Everyone can have virtual classroom sessions with their coaches, but rookies can’t have virtual workouts. That is being left up to them on their own. Everyone is handling things somewhat differently and there could be restrictions based on local and state guidelines depending on what state they are in. If the rookies and free agents are in the Tampa Bay area, then we know parks and fields are opened and if players maintain social distancing guidelines, then they can gather in small groups to workout, run and do some drills on their own, without coaches of course.
Hopefully the rookies, wherever they are residing, have hired a trainer to help them design a workout regiment based on the equipment they have. Some guys may not have access to weight rooms or live in a state where gyms are open, so they will have to improvise. Devin White for instance mentioned last week he had been stacking hay bales in the barn. As someone who grew up in the country and loaded hay right out of the fields, I can attest to it being as exhausting, maybe even more so, than spending a couple of hours in a gym.
Under normal circumstances the players would all be in town and we would be in the middle of OTAs and a couple mini-camps in June. Unfortunately that isn’t the case, so it is kind of each man for themselves, especially when it comes to working out. I would personally recommend all the players watch Rocky IV when Balboa goes to Russia and has to train without any equipment. Against all odds he still beat Ivan Drago. Maybe Drew Brees can be the Buccaneers’ Drago.
Question: What’s the likelihood that the Bucs go after Jamal Adams (Jets) or at least maybe a lower cost veteran with some starting experience, and who should the Bucs go after in case JPP gets hurt again?
Answer: I think there is little chance that the Bucs would be in the Adams sweepstakes if he is in fact traded. Not that they don’t believe he is a a great player, but more so become the team is strapped for salary cap space right now. With approximately $5 million in cap room, and still needing to sign their draft picks, there just isn’t enough money to make acquiring Adams a legitimate reality. The Bucs would also like to possibly get a new deal done for Chris Godwin and maybe Lavonte David sooner rather than later, so the idea of adding Adams isn’t feasible.
If Pierre-Paul goes down, well things might not be pretty. There aren’t a lot of double-digit sacks masters just sitting at home without jobs. The position is one of the most coveted in the league, and any player with any pass rushing talent is already on someone’s roster if they have any gas left in the tank and aren’t asking for the stars when it comes to salary.
Jadeveon Clowney, Cameron Wake and Michael Bennett are all still available, but come with some major risks – and salary demands. The Buccaneers would probably wait until the October trade deadline, once some teams are out of the playoff race and looking to sell off players, to find any significant relief.
Question: Will Tom Brady play better football than he plays golf? Please tell me he won’t shank the ball to a defender.
Answer: Well Brady is human after all, as we found out on Sunday in the golf matchup for charity. Still, I think he and Peyton Manning did an excellent job considering the circumstances. While golf is a hobby of Brady and many NFL players, there is a reason they don’t play it professionally.
I can’t even stand playing in a local golf tournament and having the other three players watching me tee off on the first hole. Now imagine if Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, plus a nationally televised audience are watching. No thanks.
But despite the nervousness that was apparent, Brady did have the shot of the day when he holed in a birdie from over 100 yards out. That is something I am still waiting to do after 30 years of playing.
But to make it fair, I think Brady and Manning should invite Woods and Mickelson out to suit up in full pads and see how many passes they could complete to an NFL wide receiver with a Jason Pierre-Paul or Shaq Barrett bearing down on them. I am guessing Woods ends up needing another back surgery and Mickelson ends ups in the fetal position asking for his sports psychologist.
Tom Brady drains a ridiculous birdie. 😮
— theScore (@theScore) May 24, 2020
Question: What are the chances we sign in particular Devonta Freeman, Lamar Miller or any veteran RB?
Answer: We haven’t gotten any indication that the Buccaneers are actively looking to sign a veteran running back. At least not in the near future. Certainly if any of the current backs were to suffer a significant injury training in the offseason or early in camp, then it would be a no-brainer.
Personally I would like to see Freeman on this team, or an equivalent. Why not bring a veteran in and let them compete? If they make the roster great, if not cut them. This Bucs running back group is extremely young, so having a veteran in the room would only help, if it is the right type of player.
For now however, it looks like the team will roll into training camp with the group they have on the roster currently.