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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: [email protected]

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21 Comments

  1. 1

    surferdudes

    Good sign? He is under contract, it’s one thing walking away from a bonus, it’s another paying fines out of your pocket.

    1. 1.1

      O.Cardona

      Yea…I agree. As a fan of the team, would’ve love to see him at OTAs.

  2. 2

    Mike Wright

    OTA’s are not mandatory. What part of that don’t people understand? JPP will be there when he needs to be there. JUDGE YET NOT..unless you know all of the facts. When a lot of these half-stepping Buc players see JPP bring it on the field, they are gonna forget all about some OTA’s.

  3. 3

    macabee

    Of course JPP is here. It’s mandatory. And it’s not about the money, it’s about the message. JPP just passed on 250K by not attending voluntary OTAs. Players that skip mandatory minicamp has a beef and is sending a message to management. Not the case here. Many established veterans skip voluntary OTAs because they have a regimen that’s been effective over the years and they follow it. I understand some consternation with the Buc fans – we’ve not been winning and we feel like we need all the training we can get. Tom Brady and Gronk never attend voluntary OTAs and nothing is said – they’re winners. I get it!

    Don’t read this link, it may ruin your day. lol.

    https://deadspin.com/every-nfl-player-should-skip-otas-1795758600

    1. 3.1

      Devasher

      Are Tom Brady and Gronk walking away from workout bonuses in their contact to skip OTA’s macabee?

      It would seem sort of weird to have an agent put that in your contract only to skip it. Not sure I’d want that agent if I know I’m going to “voluntarily” walk away from 250k guaranteed to me.

      1. 3.1.1

        macabee

        Devasher,

        I don’t know. Do some research on your own. Here’s something else to read. I think of you when i post these links. lol.

        http://www.espn.com/blog/tampa-bay-buccaneers/post/_/id/20742/jason-pierre-pauls-absence-from-otas-an-issue-not-for-bucs

        1. 3.1.1.1

          Devasher

          What do you expect them to say to the media?

          I’m sure you’ve read enough sports articles in your life to know that 95% of what is quoted to the media is going to meaningless drivel. On the ultra rare instance where someone is actually called out like Landon Collins did to Eli Apple it breaks the internet and the person that does so ends up apologizing.

          https://amp.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000899106/article/landon-collins-apologizes-for-calling-eli-apple-a-cancer

  4. 4

    buccaneerNW

    Well, la-dee-freakin-da, look who decided to show up!

  5. 5

    XpfcWintergreen2

    I suspect that when a player has been a starter for one team at least four or five years, they grow some roots in the community in which they live. If that person truly does not see the trade for them coming they may have a bit of a shock to overcome. If they have normal family circumstances (whether married or not), community commitments and business ties they certainly have to deal with them.

    Perhaps, they have to scramble to get with their agents and other legal associates and get the situation under control. They usually fly almost immediately to the new city. There they meet with the management and coaches and they are introduced to the public for their new team. I am sure that this is when other discussions occur behind the scenes about such things as showing up for voluntary activities for example.

    I certainly have no insight as to why JPP did not show up for OTAs. I do think fans, as well as media pundits, can focus to a microscopic degree concerning a player’s situation at times.
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    Go Bucs!!!!

    P.S.
    To Mark, Trevor, and/or Scott: If PR is trying to be a true insider journalistic media for the Buccaneers this may be a great opportunity for you to “scoop” the national media. Do some digging and come back to us with a story about why JPP did not choose to come for the OTAs. Of course, if there is not much to tell then you could find somewhere to tell us fans that much just as well.

    1. 5.1

      macabee

      Xpfc, JPP was out buying tile for his new home when he got the call that he had been traded. Had to be a little shocked if not dismayed. Coming home should help over time. Weather, money, no income tax should help to normalize things I would hope.

      1. 5.1.1

        XpfcWintergreen2

        Thanks for that information mac.

        I have noted that JPP was with the Giants for the past 8 years. This supports my thought about the points I tried to make.

        Gmac has also been with the Bucs for the past 8 years. I would imagine he would have gone through a similar shock if they had suddenly traded him to another team in February or March. (I am sure some of his detractors would have loved for that to have happened in spite of his 6 pro bowls.)
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        Go Bucs!!!!

  6. 6

    BucWonder

    This is a positive thing, to those who seem confused. I am happy to have JPP here and looking forward to a good season.

  7. 8

    maarnold1775

    Mighty nice of him to take precious time out of his busy schedule to do his job.

  8. 9

    scubog

    Anyone ever move? If so, I’m sure everyone can imagine the “family” responsibilities. JPP simply made a choice to skip the “voluntary” OTA’s to relocate.

    Why people make such a big issue out of it every off season is beyond me. I’m sure if a person were allowed a 30 day time off following an operation they’d take the entire 30 days even if they were fine and able to go back to work in a week.

  9. 10

    Mike.Seven

    Since hand injury, his solo tackles drop to less than half and has recorded fewer sacks in last three years as he had in one season before the injury, And Bucs guarantee him a boatload of money and the first thing he does is miss OTA, And I read comments defending him. Like I said, Giants management laughing their ass off at Jason Licht.

    1. 10.1

      chefboho

      I look forward to reading your even growing negative posts mike seven. Honestly, do you ever have anything good to say about this team? If they make you that miserable, why the hell are you even a fan? Go like the patriots, I’m sure they’ll make you happy time and time again. And I’m sure you know exactly what the giants front office thinks. Your the best couch GM I’ve ever heard from. Keep up with the great insider info bud

  10. 11

    Stewart Williams

    Guy had the second most snaps last year so whatever work ethic he wants to use is fine by me. I just would’ve liked him to be there because he’s coming to a new team, with a new Dline coach, and a revamped Dline that he is going to be a big part of the puzzle for. Could’ve skipped OTAs after he got chewed out by Buck for the first time, now he’s not gonna expect it and it’s gonna be mandatory when he pisses his pants.

  11. 12

    fredster

    Mike.Seven we get it you don’t like the signing. Beat a dead horse much? What would you have done different to make this team and defense better rhis year coming off worst season of sacks ever? Who would you have signed that’s better? Or do you just say it’s stupid and offer no better idea? I’m sure your smarter than the dozens of coaches, scouts,financial personnel etc that made this happen? You think maybe the Giants going to a 3-4 defense might had something to do with moving on from him? Do you even understand what a 3-4 is and how he is an outside pass rusher not a 5 technique? Do you think the Giants clearing cap space to sign Beckham might had something to do with it too? Yeah his 7 sacks in 2016 and 8.5 last were so horrible right? Your an idiot. Look at what Buc’s defensive ends did last year. Nothing even near 8.5 sacks and that was with JPP playing every snap on a bad d line there as well. 12 million is not a horrible cap hit for a still very prouductive, 29 year old JPP. Only people going to be laughing their asses off is folks here at your posts when he’s best rusher on this team this year and gets double digit sacks. Lol.

    1. 12.1

      Mike.Seven

      That is fair Fredster, I will make a note to check in after next year and if JPP has done well I will need to eat egg

      I would have done everything possible to trade down and got Braddly Chubb , I sure you think that bad idea.

    2. 12.2

      Mike.Seven

      P.S. Injuries do not make excuse for you he is at 29 and I see him injury prone.

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