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: For some reason Ke’Shawn Vaguhn intrigues me the most. He balled in the SEC on a team with no talent and had a huge game against LSU, I can see down the line him being a key contributor.

Answer: Yes, I am in agreement with you. Scott Reynolds and Jon Ledyard were both mixed initially when the Ke’Shawn Vaughn pick was made, but I had done our running back preview prior to the draft, and feel somewhat better about him than they do, or did at the time. Both Reynolds and Ledyard seemed okay with the pick, but I think it was the value of taking him in the third round that raised their eyebrows.

Vaughn is a tough runner, and while no one will confuse him with Saquon Barkley in terms of overall skill, that doesn’t mean he can’t be effective in Bruce Arians’ offense in Tampa Bay. I also had the opportunity to speak to him after he was drafted on a conference call and the young man doesn’t lack for confidence. He also seems like a player who is a hard worker and will come into camp on a mission.

This isn’t Jeremy McNichols, or even Ronald Jones II as a rookie. Vaughn is more mature and appears to have a genuine love for football. And as some who know him and have coached him have said, he plays with an edge.

Bucs RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn
Bucs RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn – Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers

Now there is a reason he wasn’t mentioned in the same breath in the pre-draft process as players like LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Florida State’s Cam Akers or Wisconsin’s Johnathan Taylor. From a pure athletic standpoint, he isn’t one of those mentioned players. But that doesn’t mean he won’t be successful in the NFL.

Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara were third-round draft picks, and Milton Mack lasted until the fourth round. And look no further that San Francisco’s Raheem Mostert, a player who want even drafted at all but ended up being a key contributor tot he 49es reaching the Super Bowl last season.

The biggest question was value. Did the Bucs take Vaughn too early? Could they have traded down late in the third round or even waited until the fifth round? Obviously it wasn’t a chance Tampa Bay was willing to take seeing that the team didn’t have a fourth-round pick.

Question: Two questions – do you think Bucs will dive into second wave of free agency now that it won’t effect comp picks? Do you think the Bucs will change their philosophy on pushing out the cap with signing bonuses to create more space on current contracts?

Answer: Yes, the Buccaneers will still look to add some pieces between now and the start of training camp. The longer it goes, the more the price drops for some of these veteran players who are still without a home. I think Tampa Bay could consider a veteran running back to add to the roster. They did it last year with Andre Ellington, and of course Dirk Koetter had his veteran guy in Jacquizz Rogers.

Players like Carlos Hyde, Devonta Freeman and Chris Thompson are still out there and probably have some gas left in the tank – and they can catch the ball. If anything, it would be like adding an extra coach in these meeting rooms, someone who can relate to Jones and Vaughn and be somewhat of mentor.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman - Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

Prior to the drafting of Antoine Winfield, Jr. I was very much in favor of Tampa Bay adding a veteran safety with a player like Tony Jefferson or even Eric Reid. However, it is already a crowded unit so the likelihood of that happening now has shrunk – especially if the team feels Justin Evans might be able to return for 2020.

And don’t forget Tampa Bay has Mike Edwards, who was a third-round pick in 2019 who the team thinks will be improved this year. The Bucs also liked a lot of what Jordan Whitehead was able to do in his first season under Todd Bowles.

As far as changing its philosophy on how the team structures deals, that is highly unlikely to change. Director of football administration Mike Greenberg has done a masterful job of keeping the Buccaneers out of salary cap issues, and his formula of fully guaranteeing the first and second year of most contracts has worked well as the Bucs are routinely the top team in the NFL with the least amount of dead cap space.

Question: Which of the players outside of the top two picks, most likely make an impact as rookies? Any of the UDFAs stand out?

Answer: We have already mentioned Vaughn as someone who I believe will surprise some of the naysayers, but there is also a lot to like about fifth-round draft pick Tyler Johnson, who set numerous school records at Minnesota, including being the all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns.

Minnesota WR Tyler Johnson
Minnesota WR Tyler Johnson – Photo courtesy of Minnesota

Johnson said on his conference call he feels equally comfortable as a receiver on the outside or in the slot. With Breshad Perriman’s departure via free agency to the Jets, the Buccaneers now have a big hole to fill by finding a number three receiver. While the team is still high on Scotty Miller, the 2019 sixth-rounder couldn’t stay healthy long enough to make much of an impact as a rookie. And Justin Watson’s development has been slow at best.

As far as UDFAs to keep an eye on, Oklahoma cornerback Parnell Motely reportedly had a lot of interest from around the league, but chose to sign with Tampa Bay. Motely was a second team All-Big 12 selection last year after leading the Sooners with 13 pass breakups and forced five fumbles, which was tied for second most in all of college football. At 6-0, 180 pounds, Motely has the size to play a lot of press man coverage something required in Bowles scheme.

And keep an eye on wide receiver Josh Pearson who ran a 4.46 at his pro day at 6-4, 205 pounds. Pearson also had 30 touchdowns receptions in the past two years including 17 as a junior. Montana State wide receiver Travis Jonsen is also interesting because he was a former quarterback who moved to wide receiver and also ran out of the wildcat formation. The 6-foot-4, 211-pound Jonsen had over 500 yards receiving and a touchdown and 500 yards rushing and eight touchdowns last year as a dual threat.

Question: Why did the Bucs not address CB depth in the draft?

Answer: There are only so many picks to go around and the team felt offensive line, safety, and running back were bigger needs to target early. Once a team gets out of the top three rounds the percentages of success go way down and sits at less than 30 percent. And sometimes the guys teams felt could come in and contribute while fitting in the scheme, are gone.

Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting – Photo by: Getty Images

We saw that with offensive line last season. Once the group of players were gone that they had ranked on their board, they didn’t want to reach for a player on the line that they felt wasn’t a good fit or value, strictly based on need.

And lastly what we perceive as lacking depth, sometimes the team doesn’t have the same opinion. Or perhaps they have some current free agents that they plan to bring in now that the draft is over. The Bucs are currently up against the wall from a salary cap standpoint, but if they feel the need to address cornerback still, they can make some space available.

Tampa Bay has three starters in Carlton Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean, Ryan Smith, Mazzi Wilkins, Herb Miller and the newly signed Parnell Motley. Don’t forget about M.J. Stewart, who was a second-round pick in 2018, either. He was disappointing in his first two years, but will get another training camp to prove his worth.

The Bucs will likely keep five or six cornerbacks and Davis, Murphy-Bunting and Dean are locks, in addition to Smith for his special teams prowess. Tampa Bay only needs one or two more to make the 55-man roster in 2020, so it will be between Wilkins, Miller, Motley and Stewart for the last spot or two on the depth chart.

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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Greg Abdul

Imitation NY Football fan time: Licht is losing it. His drafts are getting worse. He needs the Best QB of the modern era, but a second rate RB can stand next to him for 90%of our offense and he’ll be fine? The guy that has to block the first guy breaking past our O-line? Where is the running game? Modern Defense is give up five yards, line up again and go after a turnover, a sack or knocking out Brady? We blew it. If we needed a Saftey or a O lineman so bad, then Brady was a wrong choice.… Read more »

WhatTheBuc

I think that was supposed to be mockery

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Dave

God I hope so. Because that was painful to read

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twspin

You are not wrong Greg.But Buc fans are completely caught up in the Euphoria right now. Our team does not have a contingency plan for Brady going down. None at all. And brady was the wrong choice. We are gambling with a 2 yr window..if that. I thought we should have traded up for Taylor or the guy from LSU myself. I’m a Buc fan for life. But I’m not all in on Brady and Gronk. because I know they will go down. Not concerned about Gronk so much. Hell, he has not completed a season since 2011. I’d take… Read more »

Rob

This blows my mind. There’s only one team that wins the SuperBowl every year. We have two (possibly three years) to be in SB contention with arguably the GOAT QB and GOAT TE and you’re complaining because of this? I’ll take years of missing playoffs if it means a SuperBowl is in there. No one cares if your team was just good enough. We are now all in for SuperBowl. And I love your disdain for us not having a backup plan for “when” Brady goes down? Brady in ALL of his years has never been injury prone. Out of… Read more »

Dave

Totally agree on the backup QB Rob. No team in the league is a SB contender if their starter goes down. When a teams starting QB goes down. 9 times out of 10, the season is over. Backup QB’s are there to he either a cheap veteran, that knows the system and has starter experience, or a young QB they drafted, that you think has the talent to be the QB of the future. In neither scenario is making a SB run likely if they had to fill in for most the season Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No… Read more »

scubog

Like Nick Foles and Ryan Tannihill?

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Naplesfan

You say that … yet the Eagles had a Super Bowl MVP who was their backup quarterback, just a coupla years ago, not ancient history.

Everybody who pounds their chest and says that something is a poured in concrete bet for all the ages is blowing something out their hindquarters.

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Dave

Foles was a league average QB outside an out of nowhere playoff run. If you surveyed 100 Eagles fans before the 2018 season, I bet 90 of them would have said If Wentz goes down Foles isn’t taking them to the SB. And Tannehill I’ll give you. But he’s on a team with a mediocre starter who’s HC had zero faith in. If we had a QB we had zero faith in, we’d have a top tier backup too. But at the end of the day, that’s 2 examples. Hence, why I said 9 times out of 10, If the… Read more »

flichter

One example. When’s the last time that happened? Go ahead, I’ll wait. Tom Brady? Okay, so two examples in… 3-4 decades of NFL seasons, at least, isn’t a great argument for needing to heavily invest in the backup QB. We’re all in *because* Brady is our starting QB for the next two years. If he goes down, there goes the major factor in us contending in the first place… at that point, I don’t think it’d make much a difference who are QB or RB were lol. Obviously, Brady has a history of staying upright when he’s got quality line… Read more »

43 Is Only Old in Human Years

Kinda like when Drew Bledsoe went down?

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43 Is Only Old in Human Years

Everybody keeps throwing the term GOAT around. He may be the greatest of all time but he is not the greatest of right now. Lamar Jackson is the league MVP, last year was Patrick Mahomes. Although they cannot yet hold a candle to Brady’s lifetime achievements, those two are arguably the “greatest of right now”. Past performance counts very little in the NFL.

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While I agree that what you’re saying here is true, Brady has literally never had 1/2 the amount of weapons at his disposal that he has now.

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Knightrider79

So y’all complain we don’t make the playoffs. Then y’all complain for going “all in” and wanting to win the super bowl. So what would you have us do? I’ve been a fan a long damn time and I can tell you this is the most excited I’ve ever been for a season to start.

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BucWonder

This is so true. As an original Buc fan I am enjoying the present am looking forward to the next two years. Bucs just got Brady. Why in the hell are we worried about after Brady. Stop and smell the pewter roses. Celebrate the damn victories!

Go Bucs!

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buclover1988

Because all They Know how to do is whine, bitch and moan. It’s tiring.

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It’s empty and hollow compared to the excitement and pride I felt when Tony Dungy and Rich McKay were building the Super Bowl team

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AlbJack65

Your post is logical and rational. If you are excited for the season to start then that is definitely understandable. I’m very interested as well to see how this gamble plays out, for it is most assuredly a gamble. But you do yourself a disservice Knightrider79. Using the colloquialism “y’all” makes you appear to be an ignorant hillbilly, which belies the obviously intelligent basis of your comment.

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bucballer

Sure they do twspin! It’s #2 Backup QB Blaine Gabbert! Was a former starter. Has experience. 29 years old. The only question is…is he what we want at QB if TB pulls a hammy? That’s where this fan feels uncomfortable with the depth at QB. Was hoping for a mid round draft of J. Hurts to help build that backup capability. Wasn’t in the cards I guess. I think. Heard Licht, I think, allude to getting a veteran QB To bring to camp. Much needed indeed. So far, it appears that we r a better team than last year and… Read more »

Gatordoc1

Does Brady move fast enough to pull a hammy?

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76bucsfan46

The back up QB is not a comfortable feeling with Gabbert. I felt much better with Fitz. I am fine with our RB however.

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seat26

We are definitely not one player away. That I will agree with. But Licht is under the gun. He likes to roll the dice and this is his biggest gamble ever. I am just hoping we have a winning season and make the playoffs. I am not expecting a Super Bowl at all.

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Rob

Remind me which “home run” running back Brady’s had while going to his nine Super Bowls? Shane Vereen? Kevin Faulk? Cory Dillon? Who were the starting RBs in this years SB? Two UNDRAFTED RBs? How far did Saquon Barkley and Zeke get in the playoffs this year? Oh they didn’t even make it?! Interesting…. This league has proven time and time again the star RB is not necessary. If any QB can win without it it’s the guy who we have under center for the next few years because he’s legitimately proven this over and over and again. He’s won… Read more »

bucballer

I agree Rob but I believe in having a couple of good RBs in rotation. The days of every team having that bell cow at RB is almost gone. There r several teams with that Starter at RB, but most teams it’s running back by committee. RoJo has not proven to be that Bell cow… yet! So having one or both of these just drafted young RBs turn out to be NFL serviceable RBs will be huge. This will go a long ways in helping this TB lead offense!

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Rob

Agree there Bucballer. My original comment was to the original poster who thought we should’ve taken a RB instead of a potential pro bowl safety. Time will tell.

I am DEFINITELY hoping we sign Carlos Hyde. I was hoping we signed him last year honestly. Think he’s a stud and if willing to sign a one year contract I’d feel much better about our stable of backs

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bucballer

What about RB that Atlanta cut? Is he damaged goods???

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Greg Abdul

ever heard of a guy named LeGarrette Blount?

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Rob

LeGarrette Blount is your comeback argument for complaining that we didn’t draft a RB in the first or second round?

You do realize Blount was an UNDRAFTED free agent right? Bounced around to eight different teams throughout his career….definitely wouldn’t be labeled a “home run” hitter.

I loved Blount-wish we never got rid of him. But all the more reason to be excited about what RBs we have and NOT complaining about not drafting a RB in the first two rounds.

Thanks for proving your point, Greg 👍🏼

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43 Is Only Old in Human Years

He does where two Super Bowl rings

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Naplesfan

Yup – and as you point out, the “star running back” is the one who performs, and is not necessarily the one who got a high draft pick.

I seem to recall another team that won a Super Bowl, albeit a long time ago, whose starting running back was a fourth round draft pick. His name was Michael Pittman.

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Yes, but to us Pittman was a free agent and known quantity, if we want to talk Tampa RB’s lets talk about Alstott, a second rounder

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seat26

Three yrs ago I would agree with this, but the last 3 drafts have been very good. Licht does a lot of things I don’t agree with like drafting kickers, but even the last one was very good. He hit on both corners in the last draft, and I would say he hit on both of the safeties and probably the one chose this year too. If you had written this 4 yrs ago, I would have given you a thumbs up, but sorry Licht has drafted well. And if they don’t win now, it isn’t personnel. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

owlykat

With better blocking, Longo is a home run back. Vaughn is the replacement for the loss of Peyton Barber to be able to fight for yardage up the middle and adds even better pass receiving stats for screens and dump passes outside. The problem is that Vaughn is not good at blocking in the backfield and BA’s Coaches will have to teach him how quickly. The Packers were the smartest ones who have A. J. Dillon to supply blocking for their aging superstar QB, and also can get good yards for them up the middle even without holes to run… Read more »

wnb0395

When has Brady ever had a home run RB? Brady got what we wanted. A shifty back that’s great at pass protection ruin while having good hands out of the backfield.

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Alldaway 2.0

Pearson runs very smooth for a man of his size. WR competition behind Godwin and Evans is going to be intense.

And increased roster spots to 55 means Bucs may choose to keep an extra CB to protect from injury.

But yeah I am for the Bucs signing a vet RB to throw in the mix. A vet NT or vet edge rusher would be nice too IMO.

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WhatTheBuc

I think you meant Marlon Mack. The single biggest need remaining is a 3rd quality OLB. If we can get a guy like Clay Matthews as a rotational pass rusher for 4-5 million, we should make that happen. I believe that he had 8.5 sacks last season in a similar role.

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Dave

Granted I wouldn’t mind it, but where’s that’s 4-5 MIL coming from? Lol

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WhatTheBuc

They could restructure a number of contracts. They could extend Gronk to lower his cap hit with the idea that he will likely retire before the contract expires. For those that vote the idea down, what is your plan if JPP or Shaq goes down? Sign a 5th RB? A vet safety? We literally have Nelson that played 100 snaps and was injured the entire season, a one eyed guy, and a converted WR. I guess I assumed that Bucs fans had a clue what was on the roster.

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Dave

I only speak for myself, but I said I wouldn’t mind it. They do have very little depth on the outside. But with Davis’ size and speed, he could slide outside if need be very easily. They also drafted the kid from Temple. But I do agree, they could use another end for sure.

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Rob

Honestly could see someone like Clay signing for vet minimum just for the chance to chase another ring. For those that don’t remember-Arians grabbed Dwight Freeney for a 1 year under $1M deal when he was in AZ the season they almost won it had the QB not gone down. Freeney played lights out that season despite being considered a well past his prime vet. THIS is what I’m hoping for this year (and next) is we find a few folks like that who will come play for minimum but play some of their best football due to the winning… Read more »

bucballer

That’s why we have the rookie from last year. ILB Anthony Nelson. Kid went on IR last season early on. Kid is a monster like 6’ 6” -6’7” and 270 lbs. Going to be interesting to see how he’s going to produce this year. But, yes…u can always use more depth at all positions. I do believe the Bucs expect big things from Nelson this year. I really hope so. This is stacking up to be a very talented football team. I think this DLine kid from Nebraska could be some solid depth too. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00… Read more »

bucballer

Can u imagine what a beastly middle defensive line (LBs) we will have with White, David, and this kid Nelson if he balls out! Beastly indeed!

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WhatTheBuc

Nelson is an outside linebacker. He doesn’t play in the middle.

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awwdembucs

Is there any news about Justin Evans.

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WhatTheBuc

The front office said he should be ready for training camp whenever that is.

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Dman

I think if the front office was confident he could come back they would not have invested a RD2 pick in the position, especially with the other needs on the team.

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Alldaway 2.0

With Vaughn I feel people are underestimating his focus. This guy isn’t going to be your typical green rookie.

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Dave

Honestly, after they made the pick, I really had hoped they took Moss instead. But after reading up on Vaughn a lot the last couple days, I’m a fan. Quit a few people think he was the most underrated back in the draft. Everyone talks about how little Akers had to work with, amazingly, Vaughn had it worse. 128th out of 130 in OLine ranking. And dead last in run blocking ranking. He got 743 of his 1028 yards after contact. That’s absolutely insane lol. This is how pathetic the Commodores offense was last year. They had 3 different QB’s… Read more »

BigSombrero

Moss was too slow and runs to contact. He’s going to be injured at the next level. He’s like a slower Carlos Hyde.

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Dave

Yeah see I liked Moss at the time, because if we weren’t going to get a great pass catching back, I figured we might as well go the power back route. And Moss was considered the best power back. But I knew very little on Vaughn other than the occasional draft preview write up. Each day I like the pick more and more. The dude can play. And based on the trash around him at Vanderbilt, going to a team with Brady, Godwin, Evans, Howard, Brate, etc.. he’ll be in heaven here Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

Knightrider79

As a Gator fan I can tell you, when we played Vandy he was the guy I was worried about the most. The guy can play

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Theerealdiehl

Am I the only one concerned about Vaughn’s character? He transferred from Illinois (not a huge deal) and seemed to quit midseason on Vandy. Things were not going his way against UF (56-0) and he just sat on the bench pouting. I have seen zero reports about this since he was drafted, but watched the game and his body language was pretty clear. Physically, I think he will be a good change of pace back and maybe a quality starter if what people say about his drive and confidence is true. I just don’t see many “competitors” walk to the… Read more »

geno711

Is this real or is this made up? I know that the game against the Gators was his worst game of the year. You make it seem like he quit during the Gator game or some other game. Are you sure the coaches did not just decide to take him out because he was a senior and they just wanted to see another back in a game that he could not make a difference? Maybe he was pissed off because he is a competitor and did not want to get taken out. You ended it the harshest, that he refused… Read more »

Theerealdiehl

No, I didn’t just make that up LOL. He went over to the side line and slammed his helmet on the ground. The announcers recognized it and made it seem like he was sitting there pouting. He had team mates and coaches huddle around him before he would go back in. He definitely could’ve been injured, but the announcers made it seem like he was refusing to go back in. My inside information is I actually watched the game and listened to the content.

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geno711

This second comment IMO is more fair. When you say things like “…made it seem like he was there pouting” and “… and announcers made it seem like he was refusing to go back in”. Those are people making guesses without all facts.

Got to think that there were NFL coaching staffs that questioned him on this. Maybe it is something the Buc’s staff missed – who knows.

But it also does not leap to your initial position that he quit Vandy midseason or has a character flaw.

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Captain Sly

Risk vs Reward!
I think Licht wanted a back that complimented RoJo and that’s what what Vaughn offers. He gets in the open field it’s over..
Obviously No one knows how any of these prospects will work out so you have to go on the potential…
I think Vaughn, DT Davis, WR Tyler Johnson where all sleeper picks that will surprise a lot of people. As far as Wirfs & Winfield they are locks to start this year. These were home run selections!

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Naplesfan

Licht specifically addressed Vaughan’s character and motor and competitiveness and leadership as all pluses and reasons they took him.

Could Licht be wrong, and he just made up all those comments? Sure on the former, no on the latter.

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Theerealdiehl

Also, after the Gronk trade do we really have any leftover cap space to sign FAs? Spotrac has us at 3 mill above the cap, but I don’t think that’s even enough to sign our draft picks. For those griping about not addressing certain positions in the draft, Licht has already done a good job bringing in positions of need in undrafted FAs. Out of the 2019 class, 2 of those players made the active roster with several more making the practice squad. That’s not counting the few tryout players, as well as preseason/practice squad castoffs from other teams that… Read more »

geno711

I was curious on Motley so read up on him. Apparently he was a playmaker in 2017 and 2018 but also gave up a total of 1445 yards those two years. That is bad! However, last year (2019) gave up 20 catches in 44 targets for 232 yards. Much better and still made plays last year. Ridiculously good 5 forced fumbles. So I thought I would go to the Oklahoma v. LSU game where LSU just crushed Oklahoma and see that he is really bad. But to my surprise, to me he looked good. I am not sure that he… Read more »

Theerealdiehl

I mean as a sophomore and junior CB in the Big 12, it’s probably not hard to give up a lot of yardage. You are right – he turned into a big time shut down corner his senior year and that included LSU. What the Bucs are specifically missing from our DBs is turnover production. YES, the cornerbacks last year were a total improvement, but even so, the top 3 (Davis, SMB, and Dean) probably dropped a total of 20 INTs lol. That’s what I like about Motley’s game is that he has not only gotten INTs, but he’s got… Read more »

revfish

I think Akers being drafted in the third round shocked them, and Not having another draft pick until round five, they wanted to at least get SOMEONE with talent even if they know this was ahead of where he should be.

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BucWonder

I think CEH going to KC at 32 also was a surprise. He’d have been a great 2nd round pick for Bucs.

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Spitfire

Cam Akers was Drafted in the 2nd. That was definitely a shock, even though he will probably turn out to be worth it.

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With all the pass catching weapons we have, Stevie Wonder could tote the rock. Brady will have us in the right play. The teams on our schedule are not going to know what to do.

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destinjohnny

After 7 Jason drafts are bic fans happy?

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dmbucs

Greg Abdul gave me a headache. Twspin must be drunk already, as usual. Rob you did great explaining why negative people will always find some excuse to have a crappy outlook on life. You armchair GMs are amazing. You instantly dislike a pick then do research on ESPN and have a new view. Is it possible you know about as much as nobody? There are full time scouts and personnel that spend years watching and learning but you know better. Idiots. If you were really a Bucs fan, which most of you are not, then you would be as excited… Read more »

Greg Abdul

Hate me if you want. Love the Bucs. Luv Tampa Bay. But the simple way you take pressure off any QB is to run the ball. Please understand modern football. With rules on not hitting receivers and QBs, most offenses can get a first down or two. You receive the kickoff, start at your 25. That means you need FIFTEEN five-yard plays in order to score..with NO error. These slow RBs, with a habit of never breaking long runs will kill our offense. A kind of slow RB next to Brady means the D-end will Tee off EVERY play…so what… Read more »

buclover1988

But vaughn is faster than 4.6..and you need to watch Vaughn play. Actually watch his game against Baylor in 2018. He’s been a stud for a while. He’s faster than 4.51 when the lights come on and he doesn’t fumble. Over 2,000 yds of yac. That’s incredible. Vaughn will be just fine.

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Naplesfan

So you’re saying that LeGarrett Blount, with whom TB-12 won one of his six Super Bowl rings, was a blazing speedster?

LOL! I think not.

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dmbucs

Greg Abdul, You obviously didnt read the well written responses by Rob below, here is the one on RBs. Remind me which “home run” running back Brady’s had while going to his nine Super Bowls? Shane Vereen? Kevin Faulk? Cory Dillon? Who were the starting RBs in this years SB? Two UNDRAFTED RBs? How far did Saquon Barkley and Zeke get in the playoffs this year? Oh they didn’t even make it?! Interesting…. This league has proven time and time again the star RB is not necessary. If any QB can win without it it’s the guy who we have… Read more »

Greg Abdul

never liked getting dissed so much in my life. Just me…old school me. We should have traded down for Taylor because a run game is the best way to protect our 43 year old QB. I remember Farve’s last playoff game. The rules today will protect Brady more, but the best protection is we get a dangerous run game. I am not a full time scout, just one more motley fool who studies the hell out of for a month or two, so I hope I am wrong, but I see a big tight end (like Gronk) going down the… Read more »

Pound the Rock

Rojo is not a Kamara, or James White pass catcher, however he caught 31 balls for 309 yards last year, in not a #1 rb feature roll. That isn’t too bad.
He is a very young player (still only 22) that made a significant improvement in his 2nd year. I think he takes another significant step this year. I think Vaughn will be a complimentary rb. They should look at bringing in a veteran RB to help these guys become good pros.

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Theerealdiehl

I think there’s a strong chance Rojo becomes the real deal. He runs hard and has significantly improved his hands. Every now and then, his lack of vision leaves some yards on the table, but he can be dynamic. Now, if only he could learn to pass protect to stay on the field so BA won’t bench him LOL.

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Dave

I agree man. I’m not saying he’s a sure fire stud. But I like Rojo. He made a huge jump from year 1 and 2. Who’s to say he won’t make another huge jump from year 2 to 3, and be a top tier back. He absolutely has the talent to do so. Very underrated pass catcher. He just needs to work on his blocking like you said. I never thought we needed a 1st round RB. All I wanted was a good pass catcher or a big power back to compliment him. With Brady under center, a 1st round… Read more »

geno711

Also, Rojo was very young coming out.
ROJO DOB is 8/3/1997
Vaughn DOB is 5/4/1997

Got to like ROJO getting training from 2 pro staffs over what Vaughn got from Illinois and Vandy.

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owlykat

Thanks for giving background on some of the undrafted free agents. They should be able to press for the current roster. I was hoping, though, that Licht would have also brought in some promising RBs and Linemen too. Other NFL Teams definitely did.

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David Nadeau

Mark do you have any insight to LB Michael Divinty. Reason for leaving team is very cloudy online, but looks like one hell of a player for the team before?

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