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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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    bucinkorea

    If I remember correctly, Evan Smith has played some guard – adding to the versatility aspect.

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      Ken Grant

      He did/does and I imagine would be the primary backup to Pamphile at LG.

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        Trevor Sikkema

        Yep, he can play any interior spot.

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    macabee

    Good job Trev,

    About what one would expect this early or pre-camp. I will be interested to see if they keep 3 QBs or will they keep a sixth WR. Also we find out if the true FB position is just an experiment or will they use the TE/FB role again. Again good job, just 2 more days. lol. Go Bucs!

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      Trevor Sikkema

      I didn’t originally think they’d keep three QBs, but if the battle with Fitzpatrick is tight, I could see it.

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    Iowabucfan

    I think the kicking battle can go either way. At this point, it’s a coin flip.
    I will say this, I don’t mind the drafting of Aguayo. Jason Licht saw a problem at kicker two years ago and addressed it. Aguayo has not proven he is the solution. So, Mr. Licht continued to address it by signing Folk. Some may disagree. But, that is what I appreciate about Mr. Licht.
    Other than the kicker, the 53 man roster you have predicted, Trevor,looks solid. Of course, the only variable will be injuries.
    Go Bucs!

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      Trevor Sikkema

      I’m kind of with you on the kicker. Was it a mistake to draft a kicker that early? Yes. But has Licht handled it as timely as he could for the mistake? Yes. If drafting a kicker is the worst of his draft regrets, he’s done better than many, many other GMs can say.

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    martinii

    Pretty much agree Trev. Only concerns are 3QB’s and Cole Gardener, Love the no FB concept. TE can easily double as blockers, especially Stocker. Unless there are some real camp sleepers hiding out there or some last minute cuts available this is about as good as it gets for depth in 2017. You know there will be injuries, but all teams have to deal with that. I’d guess you are looking at about 90% of final 53 in your projections.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Agreed with the depth.

      I picked Cole because he sounds like a really athletic left tackle, and if they’re going to keep a young guy and take a chance on him, you take the one with the higher athletic ceiling. Wester and Benenoch would likely be in front of him in emergency anyways.

      90 percent is an A-, which my mother would say I could do better, but I’d say I’m perfectly fine with.

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    Brandonges

    Who returns punts and kicks in your final 53? I think Bobo Wilson has a chance to stick because of that area.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      You are right. if they keep six wide receivers, I think Bobo is that next guy for kick return. Humphries will probably still take all punts in the depth chart above, and Ryan Smith would likely be the main kick off guy.

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        Brandonges

        Thanks for the reply, Trevor!

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    Chad Spitza

    On paper, the defensive backfield scares me..
    I hope Grimes can repeat the dominance he showed last year, but the guys has to decline (at little) at some point!? And as promising as Hargreaves was, he has a long way to meeting his potential. Conte/Tandy is not a dynamic Safety duo, they are solid, but not scaring anyone.. If the pass rush struggles, I hope these guys find a way to get the job done!

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      BucWill13

      I agree, though I find it funny I have read at least 3 different articles, recently, about how the Secondary is the Bucs Strength this season?!?!? If the DLine is not the Strength of this Defense then this Defense is in Trouble.

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    Horse

    Trevor, I really like how you did this and I agree with most of the information; however, I don’t see us keeping QB Griffin, DE johnson, Guard/Center Smith because we have seen them in the past and none of them have proven they are worth keeping over the potential a free agent pick up since April 2017. These are 3rd stringers nor Special Teams Players; time to say good by to them. Can you really defend them Trevor?

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      Trevor Sikkema

      If the quarterback battle between Fitzpatrick and Griffin is close enough to where they don’t totally trust Fitzpatrick like maybe they thought they would, I could see them not wanting to risk Griffin on the practice squad. It’s not likely he’d get signed anywhere else, but it’s still a risk.

      There’s some buzz around Johnson and he was subbing in on the first and second teams during OTAs, so that makes me think they like him enough to make D-Line a primary depth position.

      I think they’d keep Smith because he can play any spot on the interior offensive line (versatility is good), and after seeing the injuries they had to go through last year, I can’t imagine them going less than eight linemen thin.

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    BucWill13

    I agree with most this list. A Few things I dont (and they are minor). No way Stocker is 4th string, below Auclair. Stocker is still the Bucs best Blocking TE, he will be used at FB, plus the Bucs have 1 Proven catcher at TE and 1 TE that can become the best all around TE the Bucs have ever had. Only way Auclair gets to 3rd string is if he can block better than Stocker this season. I dont believe he can.

    I also dont think the Bucs keep 3 QBs, you look at positions like RB and DL and I cant see the Bucs dropping one of those players for a QB who will NEVER play this season. Plus Griffin will never get the Bucs a Draft Pick for him. Only way he stays, IMO, is if Fitz has just lost it all, but then he gets cut.

    Benenoch, I thought was a Tackle, I seem to remember reading something about him being the back up this season for Dotson, though I am probably wrong.

    All in All, Looks Good!

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      Trevor Sikkema

      You are sound in your reasoning! Can’t say your tweaks would be wrong or couldn’t happen.

      And, by the way, they want Benenoch to play both, at least as a backup.

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    Kenneth Peartree

    I see very little opportunity for Aguayo to be on the 53 man roster in 2017. How could Licht keep Aguayo over Folk? The potential to double down on stupid looms large. Think about it, if Licht cuts Aguayo for the proven veteran, even if things go south, he has the instant mulligan that he went with proven experience in a crucial year for the team, releasing a player who has shown inconsistencies. If he keeps Aguayo, and things go south, it would be a triple down on stupid with the entire league commenting “What will it take for you to get it Licht? The kids sucks, and it was a dumb move to draft him in the first place.” There is literally no good reason to keep the kid; and Licht showed that by the guaranteed money he gave Folk. I expect that the entire country will watch Aguayo get cut on Hard Knocks in September. The kid is too mentally soft for football IMO, but hey he has the chance to prove me wrong, and I would be good with that. Sorry, I call it like I see it.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      The good reason to keep the kid is if he’s the better kicker – plain and simple. In OTAs, he was. That’s what I’m going off of.

      I wouldn’t worry. If Aguayo is kept, it will be because you, and me and everyone knows he’s earned it form his recent performance. Anything short and they’ll move on.

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    Honey Bear

    Nice job as always my Gator brother. Now here’s my take:

    First, i think the kicking job is Folk’s to lose. When they gave him guaranteed money, that was the writing on the wall. If Folk misses several kicks that Aguayo makes, then the kid could sneak in. Otherwise, Aguayo bye bye-o.

    Second, I think Robert McClain makes this team regardless of if he wins the starting nickel spot. Mike Smith likes his familiarity with the system and his ability to play inside and out. I like this battle at CB though.

    Third, I think McNichols will surprise for early playing time. The staff loves his hands and he ran well at Boise. Sims has been more bad than good since we drafted him, and more injured than anything. Let’s see if he even gets through training camp, and even if he does, if he has more to contribute than the rookie.

    Finally, don’t count out Beckwith! They traded up to get him for a reason, and it sounds like he is ahead of schedule with the ACL. I think Bond vs Beckwith will be another great camp battle.

    Can’t wait for training camp to start! Go Bucs!

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Just learned that Beckwith is good-to-go right after I published this, so even though he’s in the depth chart, he could move up r around. I didn’t love his tape, though, so we’ll see. He has to show more than he did there, I think, which can be tough for rookies.

      McClain would be one of those “If they don’t keep a third quarterback, then…” situations, but there are also a bunch of other places they can do that, so it’s kind of a crap shoot there.

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    FLBoy84

    Really solid assessment Trevor, though I’m thinking Sims will be the odd man out once Martin returns instead of Barber. Sims really seemed to get exposed as a one-trick RB last year when asked to do more than just catch swing passes out of the backfield. Martin’s hands are improving and Rodgers, Barber and McNichols all have decent or better receiving skills. Believe as long as McNichols is healthy by Game 4, he’s a more versatile replacement for Sims. And Barber provides an option for a short-yardage RB as well, which I think will be helped by Marpet at C too.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      I don’t know, Sims was looking pretty good back in OTAs. Good thing they have a bunch of practices coming up to get a better idea. But, I think he’ll be more 2015 than 2016 form what i saw a month ago.

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    scubog

    Always a fun exercise to try to forecast the 53 man roster before Training Camp. I won a Pick the Roster contest back with It;s Sports Magazine, the great grandfather of Pewter Report. I had a bit of an advantage because every chance I got I watched practice looking over the viburnums at One Buc Place as an “undocumented observer” .

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Oh that’s cheating!

      I’m just kidding. I would have done the same thing and claimed my victory with pride. You still put in the study work. You just had to think outside the box.

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    Naplesfan

    Trevor,

    You stated that first and ten is usually a rushing down in the NFL. I thought that might not be correct, and looked up the data, and apparently only 1 of 32 NFL teams (Buffalo) rushed on first down more than it passed (47.26% passes on first down) in 2016. Two thirds of NFL teams passed at least 60% or more on first and ten. Per the teamrankings dot com site. The Bucs passed on nearly 65% of their first and 10 plays last season, ranking 9th in the league for most passing attempts on first and ten.

    Seems like our pass rushers out to be out there on first down. Unless we’re playing Buffalo.

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