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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com

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    lordnlkon

    I like Smith but he is going to have to play a hell of a lot better to come close to a top 2 or 3 tackle in the league. He definitely looked to be in the bottom half of the league last year.

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      lordnlkon

      Come close to being*

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    Afrika

    Good stuff, Trevor. On another note, any news on rookie contract signings ?

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    matador

    On the plus side if it’s a mental rep and focus thing it should be fixable if it’s about desire and ‘want to’ that usually isn’t fixable, except for contract years.

    PR has staunchly defended him. But in addition to the services rating him near the bottom of the league, you can tell from Warhop’s comments that Smith has been an underachiever so far and this year it’s put up or either move to RT or inside.

    I don’t see it in him but Inhope I’m wrong or we’ll need to draft another LT next year, when everyone else will be looking to draft OL as well.

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    Naplesfan

    Well, the coches know Donovan Smith better than we fans do – and they are betting their livelihood on his performance. Also, I think too many fans and commenters put way too much stock in the online analytics shops (otherwise known as snake oil salesmen) and their poor ratings of Smith.

    As always, the bottom line is the bottom line … for OTs that’s measured in quarterback hits, hurries and sacks allowed from his side of the center, and in the effectiveness of our running backs on his side. And also the overall effectiveness of the O-line when he’s on the field compared to when he’s on the sideline.

    We’ll see

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    fredster

    Bunch of rah rah talk. Coaches might know him better but give me a break. He was rated second to last in 2016. An improvement to just being middle of pack would be good goal and cutting the damn penalties at least in half! Lol.

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      Naplesfan

      Rated by whom? I really don’t give a rat’s ass about the opinion of national media yackers and clueless wannabe analysts who get paid no matter what garbage they put out. Considering that the current coaches delivered the first winning season here since 2010, they have earned the benefit of any doubt.

      Again, the people responsible for the team’s performance are the best judges of the individual players they coach. If they are wrong, they pay with their jobs.

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    76Buc

    He needs to improve or the Kenyatta Walker talk will start.

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    GoldsonAges

    This is Smith’s 3rd year. If he doesn’t play like at least a top 15 left tackle this year it probably will never happen. You gotta love Warhop’s optimism, but Donovan Smith isn’t even top 2 or 3 in our division right now. That is the problem with low motor players. They rarely develop a high motor. For that reason it is a massive longshot for him to ever develop into a top LT.

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    Alldaway 2.0

    I would be happy if he becomes a top 15 OT. NFL average would be okay as well but kind of lukewarm to that possibility.

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    matador

    With our best OL changing position to C, one G coming back from a year off and a back injury, the other playing poorly last ye in his first real game experience, one T at/approaching his expiration date and the other putting up 2 years of uninspiring tape, every OL spot is an open question heading into the first game of the season.

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    drdneast

    You guys really slay me.
    Too subscribe to some half ass PFF report nd think you are scouts or coaches overnight.
    As Licht noted in one of his previous interviews on PR, he found it mysterious how PFF so called evaluators were able to grade out a player overnight when it took his staff of half wits a week to go through film and grade out his players.
    No one even knows who grades these players out.
    I watch a lot of film of the Bucs games from NFL rewind and if he was half as bad as some of you guys make him out to be, I would be calling for his head, too.
    But after watching film from last year, it was my very amateurish opinion that it was Kevin Pampille who was the weak link on the left side of the line, not Smith.

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      scubog

      Couldn’t agree more Dr.D. I don’t need to base my opinions on some glorified telephone solicitor’s ranking at these analysis web sites. I’ve been watching this team FROM THE STANDS for 40+ years and I can assure these folks that Donovan Smith, other than the penalties that declined over the course of his SECOND SEASON, is doing a good job. The problem these folks fail to see is Jameis holding the ball and running around trying to make a play because Mike Evans is being blanketed and the other targets can’t get separation fast enough. Couple that with a running back committee that in no way is viewed as much of a threat, and you have an entire OL unit that looks far more ineffective than it really is. These critics should go to the game live where they can see the entirety of the play and not just what is shown on TV. They might learn something.

      Then again, it might just be that here in Bucville, there is always a whipping boy who is chosen more from perception than reality.

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        Naplesfan

        Yup Scubog and drd.

        Also, offensive linemen take several years to develop their NFL skills, just like most other position groups. Smith was only a second year player last season.

        I seem to recall a lot of self-annointed experts being way down on Mike Evans during and right after his second season in the league, mainly for his dropped passes (half of which half his season total occured in a single, rain drenched game in which he also got over 160 receiving yards, about 100 more than the second leading receiver that game). Then voila, in his third season of play most everybody in the league announted Evans as either the best or second best WR in the NFL.

        If you want to talk about unrealistic expectations in life, then too many Bucs fans are right up there with the highest (worst) in the league!

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    fredster

    Rated by me Naples, and his crappy play and almost most penalties in league. Your a know it all bro. You want to argue everything I comment here. Whatever.

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    fredster

    I’m sure he will be top 2 or 3 top LT in no time. How crazy to think otherwise. Lol.

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    makski

    I personally never like it when they change sides on an OT. Seems to be easier for a Guard, but harder for a Tackle. I guess because as a G, you are inside and keep more plays in front of you, but as an OT, you have to change everything and all of your techniques are backwards and you are using the opposite side of your body for everything. On one side, your kick-step is with your right foot, on the other, it is the left foot. On one side, you use your right arm to push off and clear the DE from the path to the QB, but on the other side, it is your left arm. And so on. You get the picture. Give the kid some time, either he will improve, or they can move him back to the right side, or move him in to G if that’s possible.

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