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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, 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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    Horse

    I agree what he said;. I hope they make it happen. Go Bucs!

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    David DeLeon

    I like Humphries, I can’t wait to see our line up staying the season. One question for anybody, any news on Vincent Jackson?

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      plopes808

      Ive been wondering the same thing. Im torn between him and our younger options. At the very least he is a great mentor and role model who’s seen it all.

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      Bschucher

      Who? That guy is DONE. Come on.

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      chetthevette

      I can’t see VJAX on our team this year. If he still wants to play it will be for someone else.
      If I were king of the BUCS I would do every thing in my powers to bring him in as an assistant WR coach. Organizations just can’t let quality people just walk away. I have no idea if VJAX wants something like that. But this is a very good player and person I would like to see become a BUC for a long time.
      GO BUCS

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    plopes808

    Our offense will be DANGEROUS this year. Hump has been a pleasant surprise coming in as an UFA. With our lineup, I see him being overlooked and probably wont get much attention in coverage. That should bode well for him and lead to a big year.

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    1. 3.1

      makski

      Maybe not a really big year, but he should slightly improve on last years numbers. Where I think he will make a bigger impact might surprisingly be in the red zone. I definitely see him getting more than 3 scores this year. Why, you ask? I’ll tell you. First of all, I think the Bucs will score a lot more points than last year, there is a chance for more scores just because of that. Then, if you are a DC, you will have to keep a close eye on Evans, Brate and Howard in the red zone. That leaves a lot less coverage for Humphries to beat and he is a good route runner with sure hands. That will make for some nice short red zone scores for him.

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    RootsCrew

    Hump has really proven himself in the last two years. The slot job is his to lose. He’s sure handed, good quickness getting into his routes, and he’s pretty good in punt returns. He’ll benefit greatly from DJax & Evans clearing out space for him. Plus the biggest asset is that Jameis trusts him on the field. I’ve watched Jameis for 4 years and having trust in his receivers is paramount to his success. I also like what options Godwin brings to the slot. Bigger & faster, but I think he’s better suited for the outside. Tons of options for Dirk to play around with this year, which is extremely exciting to think about for us fans.

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    scubog

    No longer does this team enter a contest lining up with a receiving corps (other than Mike Evans), that Key Johnson might call, “flashlights”. This could well be the best arsenal of pass catchers in the entire league. Jameis has “Weapons of Pass Destruction” at his disposal. Fire the Cannons? How about, “Fire the Missiles !”

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      wnb0395

      I like the Weapons of Pass destruction. Good one Scubog.

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        chetthevette

        I hope that phrase catches on. Good one dude.
        GO BUCS

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      76Buc

      WPD’s? Love it!

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      macabee

      Scub,

      Saw your comment at JoeBucs. They’re loving your moniker for the Bucs passing attack there too. Another scubog original. You nailed it! Why am I not surprised? Go Bucs!

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        scubog

        Thanks for the heads up. Smart ass comments come easy for me. Hard to believe no one at Bucs Palace thought of it.

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          chetthevette

          Being a smart ass is a gift.
          GO BUCS

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    magoobee

    The reason Humphries gets a lot of targets? Because the Offensive Line is below average. Winston will not have a lot of time to go down field. Therefore, check downs and short routes.

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    MIArmysoldier

    Hump… Our version of Wes Welker. I’m expecting big things from him this year too- as long as he doesn’t get the Welker Syndrome (concussion every hit or in heavy wind).

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    CDNBUCSFAN

    This is going to be a fun year, for sure! I agree, he’ll be targeted in the red zone and will get more than 3 TD’s. He’ll also keep drives alive on 3rd down, imo. With regards to Vincent Jackson, I wish him well and hopefully he joins the team as a goodwill ambassador if he decides to hang them up. He does a lot for the community, the team likes him, seems like a good fit. I still have his jersey!

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    chetthevette

    I see Hump getting some decent reception totals this year. I mean c’mon man, who the hell arte they going to cover.
    Double team Evans and Djax is open. Double team Djax and Evans, then Hump, Howard and Brate will kill you.
    Single cover them all with 5 DB’s and run the ball.
    Options like this are too exciting to contemplate. I see a lot of 4 receiver sets this year, which can’t get here quick enough.
    GO BUCS

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    chetthevette

    On an aside, where was the Fab 5 this week?
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      macabee

      Hard drive failure! Listen at minute 9:20 to Cook on WDAE. Enjoy the Memorial Day!

      https://www.pewterreport.com/audio-cook-recaps-ota-week-bucs-620-wdae/

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        chetthevette

        Thanks for clearing that up Mac.
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        scubog

        “Hard Drive Failure”? Isn’t there some little blue pill for that?

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          chetthevette

          Another good one, I can’t even find my coffee cup that early.
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    drdneast

    I like nicknames too, but only if they are earned.
    Let’s go easy boys, these guys don’t play well with swelled heads or has anyone forgotten the debacle in Arizona last year after the opening win against Atlanta.
    Of has anyone forgotten the “Dunkeneers” moniker that never materialized.
    Hey, I love the Hump too, but has anyone got any word about Lawrence Dawsey.

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      chetthevette

      Dear drd,
      Don’t be a Debbie downer. Give props where they are due.
      WPD or Weapons of Mass Destruction. How can anyone nit pick about an AHA moment like that.
      I hope scub keeps it up, I need all the smiles I can get.
      GO BUCS

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    drdneast

    Scubog, I was just about to forget about your mental evaluation of Arroyo’s kicking woes.
    This could be troubling.

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      scubog

      Are you saying you liked my connection between kicking and love making prowess?

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    drdneast

    Uhhhhhh, no, Scubog.
    More like distracted by the continued talk of ED.
    It’s like hitting a shank in golf.
    Once you hit one you don’t like to think about it or they keep happening.
    See Tin Cup.

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