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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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    The power of positive thinking. If he doesn’t think it, who else will? I wrote a book once titled “The world’s three greatest men and how I met the other two” lol. Donavan, just hold your block long enough for the ball to get off. And Winston, throw the damn ball. We’ll be just fine! Go Bucs!

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    Buc 1976

    I hope he is correct!

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    I bet the reason Marpet is going to left guard instead of back to right is because with Marpet, you know what you are going to get and the Bucs are hoping that stronger guard play will help Smith play better at tackle. If you think about it that way, you understand the move to left guard better.

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    He better learn how to move those cement blocks he calls feet then, cause he gets BURNED by elite pass rushers…

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      Everybody gets burned by elite pass rushers.

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    Dotson was an undrafted free agent who developed. Smith has some flaws in his game, but the OL was weak around him as well.

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    Fans are way to quick to pull out their pitch forks. The bucs are young at alot of key high liability spots. Im willing to bet that Donovan Jameis and VH3 will all be fine. The spotlight is brighter at those spots. If you screw up it is very obvious. But how many LT, CB, and QBs come in and take the league by storm. Baktiari, Xavier Rhodes, and almost every qb takes their lumps early and grow because of it. This could be a big year from those three which is huge because to have young studs at 3 of the most important positions would be huge for the BUCS

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    The Freeman

    I know Joe Thomas retirement give hope but try to be at least average first…
    For PFF, You was not in the top 20 discussion kid!
    Tyron Smith, Trent Williams, David Bakhtiari, Taylor Lewan, Ronnie Stanley, Jason Peters, Andrew Whitworth, Jake Matthews, Terron Armstead, Charles Leno, Dion Dawkins, Anthony Castonzo, Alejandro Villanueva, Duane Brown, Joe Staley, Donald Penn, Eric Fisher, Russell Okung, Nate Solder, Cordy Gleen, Kelvin Beachum, Garett Bolles, DJ Humphries, Taylor Decker…

    I like confidence and at 24-25 you can progress but those top 3 or top 5 projection are just ridiculous!
    And these contract extention talk are worrying when you’re close to be in cap hell, should be let go…

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      Not saying necessarily let go yet, but better be reasonable considerable under market contract with all the “supposed” good linemen coming out next year…we’ll see though

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        The Freeman

        Sure not yet but he need to improve in a big way if he want a big contract on this team… until now he isn’t worth it!

        Definitly an interesting class in 2019, Jonah Williams from Bama is one of my favorite OL in college… and the DL class is too good…
        Hopefully they draft in the trenches next year!



          I hope so too, and it sounds like Lucht will from the sounds of his interview on GMFB the other day…would make sense….

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    I really don’t care what PFF thinks. What I see is Donovan Smith playing very well with the exception of a play or two each game that seems to stand out. We should all recognize that he was a college Junior when he came out and is still developing. He only needs consistency.

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    I feel like I’m really close to hooking up with Pamela Anderson. Reality dictates neither of us are as close as we think we are.

    Smith’s problem is he is a low motor player. Low motor players never become top 2 or 3. I see no chance for him but I’m hoping for the best.

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