The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your questions from our @PewterReportTwitter account. You can submit your question each week via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag.

Below are the questions we chose for this week’s edition of the PR Bucs Monday Mailbag. Read them over and offer up your thoughts in the comment section.

Question: Seems like from the first few practices that Winston isn’t being highlighted as much? Even before the suspension this was a big year for him. Seeing anything concerning?

Answer: No question the focus through the first four days has been Ryan Fitzpatrick getting the work with the first team. And that makes sense. The most important game is the next one and that happens to be against the Saints and without Winston. There is no doubt that Winston still needs more work. With just three seasons in the league, compared to 14 for Fitzpatrick, developing Winston for the long term is crucial for his success – and the team’s. However, Dirk Koetter knows an 0-3 start would be a disaster and digging yourself out of that hole into a playoff team is nearly impossible, according to stats. Koetter needs Fitzpatrick to succeed and he needs Winston ready to go those last 13 games if he wants to be here past the 2018 season. So I am sure he has thought long and hard all offseason how he was going to approach this year’s training camp.

As far as concerning, it is way to early to tell. On the surface, no, I don’t, but we will just have to see how the season plays out and when it is all wrapped up in late December we will know if Koetter handled it right or wrong.

Question: Looks like Ronald Jones has trouble pass blocking and I have been reading he not adept at catching either. I thought one of main reasons of drafting a RB early was to not tip off opponent on run vs. pass based on substitutions. Does he look to not be a multi-dimensional RB?

Answer: I haven’t seen anything yet to make me feel like he isn’t multi-dimensional. Like most rookies when they come into the league, getting used to the speed of the game is the toughest thing to do. I am sure the immense playbook, wicked heat and just getting acclimated to an NFL training camp is making his head spin. And it is only four days into practice, and just one in pads. I want to see his weekly improvement, but more importantly, how he performs in actual games games this preseason. But there is nothing to make me think Jones won’t be successful. I have always maintained this is Peyton Barber’s starting job to lose, but who starts doesn’t mean a lot as we know Koetter likes to platoon his backs. Jones will get his touches this year, and I think will be fine once the dust settles.

Questions: What free agent QBs would you like to see the Bucs bring in if Ryan Fitzpatrick or Ryan Griffin go down this preseason with an injury?

Answer: You’re a glass half empty kind of guy aren’t you? But I see your point, as scary of a proposition that is. And as far as what free agents I would like to see, if that dreaded scenario you mentioned plays out, the used QB scrap heap is pretty thin at this point. Obviously the most talented and the one with the most proven success is Collin Kaepernick, but I think they would have to lose both quarterbacks before they would entertain bringing him, and the media circus that would follow, to Tampa. However if you are down to say just a single healthy quarterback, the season most likely is not going to end well. So why not at that point?

After that you are looking at names like Jay Cutler, T.J. Yates, and the Derek Anderson’s of the world. Not a pleasant thought, especially if you are Koetter and Jason Licht.

Question: Watching Curry and JPP’s interview it seems like the DL has a renewed energy/vibe. Along with the new players and Buckner do you think they can be a top 10 Defense this year?

Answer: That is asking a whole lot. However I do agree this is a completely different type of defense than we have have seen in years. Maybe going all the way back to the Bucs Super Bowl defense. And I need to apologize to Jason Pierre-Paul for doubting him when he didn’t participate in OTAs. This guy is good. Like really good. But of all the new faces Beau Allen might be the one who makes the biggest difference. Not stat wise but just from setting the tone. He and Vinny Curry, from what we have told,  have been great teammates and leaders. I remember asking Jason Licht after the draft about the new players on defense and he said he feels like not only did they bring in good players, but the right players. I took that as, in the past, they went after some bigger names but bigger names don’t always mean like good fits from a behind the scenes standpoint in addition to on the field scheme scheme as well.

This group looks different. As far as predicted where they end up, it is too soon to say, but on paper they absolutely look like they have the makings of a Top 10 defense. How soon it all comes together and how healthy they can stay will determine that part of things.

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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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fredster
2 years ago

Not sure why everyone is so concerned how Winston looks at this point or that the focus is on Fitz. Of course focus is on Fitz he’s started next 3 games and you can’t go 0-3 or season is essentially over like you said. Even if Winston was playing great in practice would it really matter? Would playing well now carry over after taking 3-4 weeks off and not even practicing or being around the team?

owlykat
2 years ago

The defense so far looks much improved so far with the exception of McCoy being beaten one on one. We are counting on him to penetrate when only having to beat one OL blocker. He needs to get into the weight room ASAP and build up his strength. Thank goodness they are training Vea to play McCoy’s position. Once Vea adapts to our heat he won’t be losing one on one’s to anyone! McCoy may need to move back to second string DL til he builds up again.

wnb0395
Reply to  owlykat
2 years ago

owlykay, where are you getting your info on McCoy? Everything I have read so far says he has dominated the defensive line and in all drills.

scubog
Reply to  owlykat
2 years ago

That might be the most ridiculous comment you’ve made since your days of pimping Tim Tebow.

Dave
Reply to  owlykat
2 years ago

Could be the dumbest comment I’ve ever read in my life. McCoy absoltely destroys single teams, and usually destroys double teams. Where on earth did you read that he couldn’t beat a one on one? What maybe it happened on 1 play out of 100? Lol holy god, you can’t be serious dude. I hope that comment was meant as a joke or something

Dman
2 years ago

+1

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

Ronald Jones only caught 14 passes for 187 yards in all 2017 on a passing team USC do you think that might have been a clue that he was not a multi-dimensional RB ??

Dman
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

B-A-B – Is there anything about this team you support????

Mike.Seven
Reply to  Dman
2 years ago

Yes I liked Alex Cappa and M.J. Stewart,

Thought Veta And Jones bad picks

Dman
Reply to  Mike.Seven
2 years ago

I like Cappa as well. Don’t know Stewart, but looking forward to watching him play this summer.

plopes808
Reply to  Mike.Seven
2 years ago

lol Mike.Seven messed up and forgot to switch accounts before replying again

Dave
Reply to  Dman
2 years ago

DMan, just ignore the guy. He’s a complete clown. Not even worth the reply anymore. Him and Mike.Seven

fredster
2 years ago

We got it Bob Jones and Vea are both busts. You should sell your mini and move from Lutz to One Buc Place and take Lichts job. Lol. You got it all figured out before they even play you must be a clairvoyant.

Dman
Reply to  fredster
2 years ago

+1

scubog
Reply to  fredster
2 years ago

I thought Mike Seven vanished. I guess he’s morphed into ______Ass Bob. I think he used to be BF47 before that.

Dave
Reply to  scubog
2 years ago

Lol +1