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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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    Bobby Ashcraft

    I don’t at all condone what he did in ’13, but I feel like he deserves another chance. If he is in great shape, body well rested, and can get the rust knocked off in a quick, smooth fashion, I like what he can bring to the back end of our receiving corps. I will be rooting for him to make the roster.

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    e

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he made it onto the roster if he gets himself back in shape… Talk about possible WR depth? Never seen anything like it in Tampa!

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    magoobee

    Cooper is a good blocking WR. Plus he was the Gunner for Philly on Special Teams. Sounds like the Shepard replacement.

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    cobraboy

    6’4″, 230, sub 4.6 speed, experience, a local boy, 29y.o, special team ace….and a chance for redemption?

    Sounds like a solid mix considering the competition for the bottom of the WR corp.

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    Buc 1976

    What he did was wrong, but he has apologized many times. If he is still good enough to play he should if he isn’t at least he got a 2nd chance.

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    deeznuts

    … if you give this guy a tryout-contract then Vjax should get one too

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    Horse

    Just saying here…; why would a guy who will be 30 in September and wasn’t in the NFL last season makes him better than most other tryout? I think what kept him out of the league last season was there were a lot of WR’s who were better than him. Time to move on Riley with your life. I wish you the best.

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    magoobee

    The beauty of sport is a person must prove it on the field of play. Him being off a year is like a player that was injured for an entire year (ie Sweezy).

    The locker room is a very forgiving place if you can play. But not sure if that includes using the N-word. We shall see.

    The key here is that this try-out has the potential for a lot of upside, with minimal downside.

    I can tell you DJax & Evans will forgive him if he blocks down field to give them running room.

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    FLBoyInDallas

    Cooper as the #5 WR on the Bucs would provide outstanding depth. He’s a serious upgrade over Shepard as a receiver and is just about his equal on special teams. The video of him just from his first day at camp shows how much smoother and what a polished route runner he is compared to these rookies. I’m all for it if he makes the team.

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    MudManVA

    Cooper is the perfect fit to the BUCS WR Corp. We needed 1 more WR with experience to add quality depth, not to be an immediate starter. He’s hungry, fresh, and experienced….perfect just perfect!

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    drdneast

    If the league can forgive players who commit violent felonies and misdemeanors, I have absolutely no idea why they couldn’t forgive someone who didn’t even commit a crime who probably said something in a drunken rage.

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    gafikdetail

    if we’re gonna throw morals out the door — i’d rather have joe mixon LOL

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    Garv

    This is so simple really. If the Buccaneer coaches like what they see and want him on the roster? If his teammates have accepted him in the locker room as DeSean Jackson and the Eagles did a few years ago? I have no problem with it. GM’s who listen to the fans end up sitting with the fans in the stands.

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    Mark Cook

    Moral of the story, stay away from alcohol and Kenny Chesney concerts. Bad, bad, bad combo. Seriously though, Riley and DeSean are good friends. If DeSean can forgive him, why not fans?

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    BucWild02

    Philly south? Riley Cooper, Josh Huff, and Desean Jackson could all be on this team. It’s like a dream come true for Jameis…all his favorite Eagles are on his team in Tampa! Now if they can just figure out how to get him Shady McCoy…

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    1sparkybuc

    I’m with Horse on this one, and it has nothing to do with his racist remark. He was let go by a team desperate for receivers, and NOT for being a racist. He was let go because his production didn’t match his cost. I live in fleagle territory and listened to the fans complain about this guy for years.. Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane. The Bucs have younger and better options available to them.

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    Julian Jordan

    Honestly man we don’t have time for Riley.

    It’s cool if he wants to be a dude that can sit at home in case of injury and all that but we seriously got enough distractions with Hard Knocks in town.

    Jason did a good job keeping the chemistry and continuity through the off-season and through the draft.

    Sounds like we have some promising undrafted talent at wide receiver.

    No time for Riley.

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    plopes808

    It’s really simple, we need the best players on the field. What he said 4 years ago really doesn’t matter anymore at this point. If anything, I’m more concerned with his advanced age compared to our younger options. The year off helps though as that’s that much less mileage on his body.

    If he can fill the void left by Sheppard’s departure then I’m all for signing him. If there are younger options that are comparable talent wise, I’d suggest we go with them instead

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    1sparkybuc

    I’d like more insight on Walker. My impression is that he’s young, experienced, and has no baggage. The TE from Canada was also productive. If they can hold up to the heat and humidity, keep both of them, and stop bringing in fleagle rejects. We’re not that desperate anymore.

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    fredster

    This makes a lot of sense. He adds depth and experience.

    As far as the incident he Said something stupid while likely drunk. I think we all have been guilty of that and doesn’t make you a racist or anything.

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