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Trevor Sikkema

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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    nitey

    I’m interested in keeping Martin but only on a revised contract. It’s pretty clear that he has the ability to be a elite running back in the NFL, but he’s clearly a Jeckle and Hyde type of running back and I’d rather see him in a complimentary role. If he’s not open to taking a pay cut, then I’d say we just go with Rodgers and Sims. We are going to draft a running back anyway.

    I really like your breakdown on Hunt and wouldn’t mind the Bucs taking him with a 2nd or 3rd round choice.

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    Naplesfan

    Another excellent edition of your Cover 3 feature, Trevor.

    The running efficiency by which position or gap is attacked is an interesting analytical tool. I think that among other things, this tool shows that it’s really important to have multiple running styles, if not multiple running backs … hitting one gap too often is simply too easy to defend in the NFL where there’s simply too much talent on both the line and the linebackers and safeties to not present a multi-gap threat

    When he was healthy, Doug Martin could attack multiple gaps, but when injured such as this year he seemed really limited, and too easily defensed … and we didn’t have enough depth in the other running backs, also hindered by their injuries, to make it up. Drafting or otherwise signing a back who is a multi-gap threat certainly seems a key objective.

    As for Martin, I don’t believe the question is “do we keep him, or not”. I believe strongly that we should void his second year guarantee, and then offer him a performance-incentive based contract that also doesn’t pay him for the three games he’s going to be suspended. I believe Martin will certainly accept such a contract mod. It is clear that Doug Martin is worth at least a roster spot. If he recovers his health and performs at a high level again this season, we benefit, he benefits, everybody is a winner. If he doesn’t recover his health and cannot perform at a high level, his cost to the Bucs will be minimal and then we’ll all move on … his career at the Bucs would be over at that point.

    In the meantime, yes, we surely need a versatile every-down/every gap back to come in and provide necessary depth, and perhaps as the direct replacement for Martin if he’s truly done this year.

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    EastEndBoy

    I am all for upgrading the offense. I think we have potential (clearly in Winston and Evans) to create a real strength of our team on offense – whether it be the run-first mentality and use play-action as a weapon; or the pass-first approach with the ability to use a back for screen plays and draw plays. We are a bit of neither at the moment for many legitimate reasons. Whichever approach we choose, I still hold to a need to upgrade the Oline to match…doesn’t matter how good the Rocket from Toledo is, if he’s running into our A-gaps as currently resourced, he’s going to find it tough going (as the numbers Trevor produced clearly say); and likewise, we’ve seen the abuse Winston has taken in our passing attack…I still hold to the need for OLine!

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    Destino102

    From Licht’s previous drafts, it seems he like to pair picks together. Evans and ASJ. Winston, Smith, and Marpet. Hargreaves and Spence. What I am hoping this year, is we get RB and Center. I like Hawley and the energy that he brings, but he is just too small and gets manhandled too many times. Let’s draft a Center and a RB in the later rounds, and have the Center develope before taking over maybe in 2018.

    As for your 2 options, T-Sikk, since I own a Doug Martin jersey, I would be happy if he stays, but as a fan of the Buccaneers and wanting them to do well, I wouldn’t be made if he left.

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      Naplesfan

      Good point, Destino … me likey!

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      scubog

      My Doug Martin #22 is currently in the closet “limbo” section.

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    Iowabucfan

    I say let Martin walk. The Bucs are needing to find a running back anyway, since he is not available the first 3 games of the season.
    Go Bucs!

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    Horse

    I love your stats Trevor because it supports what I have been saying all season that we need another Center! Okay Scubog here it comes? If we don’t want to draft a Center in the high rounds then I am suggesting giving Gottschalk a shot because he did good in the preaseason games and two games he played in the regular season.

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      bEubanks11

      Count me in on the belief that the addition of a great center will make all the difference in our o line play. WR, C, DT, and SPEED! Resign Gholston and get Evans long term done.

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      Naplesfan

      Oh, no! The dreaded G-word!

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      Trevor Sikkema

      If you ask me, if Tampa Bay were to draft any offensive lineman in the first or second rounds, it should be at Center and the only one worthy seems to be Ethan Pocic.

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        bEubanks11

        No on C Pat Elfein from Ohio state?

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      scubog

      I must have missed seeing this domination by Gottschalk (who weighs less than 300#) in the pre-season games against other guys trying to make their team’s 53 but failing to do so. However, you’ve got me rooting for the kid Horse. I too would love to see an upgrade at center since, according to Trevor’s stats, we didn’t fare so well.

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        Horse

        That’s all I have been trying to say Scubog. He’s the only Center on this team I would keep; I bet he has gained already weight to meet your 300 lb requirement. I’m for signing a free agent if possible who could be a starter; if not, then we really need to draft one in rounds 2-3. Just my opinion.

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    bEubanks11

    I feel as though when I’m reading your articles Trevor that I’m truly getting inside info. The insight and the tools you use to get your point across are truly informative. Writing and sports are obviously 2 things you just get. You’re segments are quickly becoming my favorite and most anticipated on PR. I hope you have the stamina to keep it going at this pace!

    As for Martin, I have mixed feeling on him. He has talent and tenacity and ability. He’s made himself into a much better blocker and pass catcher. When I think about this team in the playoffs, I’ve picture it with Martin being the guy we put our trust in. But we aren’t making the playoffs with the guy we get 3 out of 5 years.. I do believe the organization got off easily with his suspension though. We get a vet with skill who’s behind the eight ball a bit and will play for less than he’s probably worth rather than the situation we’d be in if not for the suspension. Keep him for cheap and bring in the competition. Between he and Rodgers and a draft pick, someone will rise to the top and lead us on. Go Bucs!

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      Trevor Sikkema

      I appreciate the kind words! I’ll keep pumping them out as long as you keep enjoying them.

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    Buc 1976

    Have we just given UP on Payton Barber?

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    Buc 1976

    Douge Martin’s MO every other year lo

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    chetthevette

    Good stuff TS
    #1 that’s was a lot of technical graphs and too much math, whew. And in nut shell I took you to mean that we need some speed and some brawn in our backfield.
    You seem to be describing WD 40. Now the WD part is a little easier to find than the 40 part. Myself I’ve always enjoyed watching bowling ball type RB’s. Even though he played for the Aint’s on of my favorites was Iron Head Hayward.
    Great football name too.
    #2 Kid looks slippery as hell. The only problem is the hamstring injury. Seems to me that when you get one hammy it just continues to happen. 7th round or UDFA would work for me.
    #3 Doug Martin, this guy is an enigma for sure. Injured then healthy. Injured then healthy. Great year bad year. Great year bad year. Doug is just so inconsistent that he exasperates me. So now that we suffered through the bad year can we expect a great year? Unfortunately he will have start behind the eight ball. I hope JL sits his ass down and explains the facts of life to him. I still believe he deserves ONE more chance, he seems like a good dude and that’s awfully rare in the NFL.
    GO BUCS

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      Trevor Sikkema

      #1: If you like bowling ball guys, you’ll be a fan of them drafting Oklahoma RB Samje Perine. Very MJD-like.

      #2: He’ll go a lot higher than the 7th round, and I wouldn’t put too much worry, if any at all, into the hamstring. It was only a one-year thing and he’s been over it.

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        chetthevette

        After more research ( really just goofing off ) Hunt looks pretty attractive. But I still have a man crush on Mike Williams. GRRRR
        GO BUCS

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    SaskBucs

    Who the hell is 92 from Toledo? Let’s put that dude at RB ! Not sure what GIF that was on page 2 but wow… big boy was flying! What an effort. If the Bucs are addressing WR early, I hope they focus next on the lines maybe RB pick 4th or 5th round unless a RB is just to good to pass up I would rather shore up the fronts and go with Rodgers, Sims and Martin another year.

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    bEubanks11

    Is Carnell “Cadillac” Williams rehabbed from the knee yet? Loved that dude. So fun to watch, so much heart.

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      chetthevette

      Cadillac was a really cool dude. You just could not help rooting for him. Last I heard he is really gimpy still.
      GO BUCS

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    macabee

    Something to think about!

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/01/17/more-undrafted-players-make-it-at-running-back-than-any-other-position/

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    GoldsonAges

    I was in full support of re-signing Martin last year but I have changed course 180. I would simply let him walk after the last season disaster.

    Hunt looks like a good prospect. Great combination
    Of power, speed, balance and agility. RB is a position like OL that is a very good use of draft resources. Every year there are starting caliber RB’s available in round 3 and beyond.

    Finally, Trevor I would like to welcome you to the PR World that so many of us escape to. I appreciate your writing style, in fact I am finding myself looking forward to your articles as much as the Fab5 and Mark Cook’s article. Thanks for coming aboard!

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    scubog

    You are doing an outstanding job Trevor. Especially during our off-season. Looks like Scott is relying on you a lot. You’re the “Golden Boy” .

    As for Doug Martin, Since we still own his rights, are in a position to renegotiate his contract, probably have difficulty trading him, will have the entire off-season and Training Camp to assess the situation, will owe him nothing the first three games of 2017; I see no risk for the Bucs to at least keep him for depth if he can make the team.

    I do think the Bucs need to draft a feature RB prospect at some point in the Draft.

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    Buc 1976

    Trevor I like you’re article.
    Let me try to make my case for P Barber if he had stayed in College another year and increased his production 15-20 percent we probably would be talking about him in these articles with one year of NFL experience even limited as it was we do know he can play in the NFL.
    I would like your take on him. GO BUCS

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    pinkstob

    I say keep D. Martin. I’m not sure he ever regained full confidence in that hamstring after he re-injured it attempting to come back earlier in the season. I believe we’ll get a healthy, confident and hungry Martin next year and one of those is worth keeping on the team, even at $7 million in 2017. It’s not like we don’t have the cap space.

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    GoldsonAges

    Martin or Adrian Peterson for $7 million?

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