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    • michael89156

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      Four Questions Heading into Bucs’ Training Camp by Justin Beetz RSS    9 minutes ago fa638598-820e-44f2-b3d1-ca492dc76cc8_zps916c1989.png The Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp dates were released a couple days ago and I immediately started to think about what I want to see while I am there and what questions I would like answered. Here is what I came up with:  Josh McCown 2013 mode? One of the biggest questions this training camp will have to be how well McCown looks when the pads come on and it is more game ready. I have read nothing but good things about him this offseason and I am curious to see it as it gets closer to the season. Also, will Glennon push McCown for the starting spot or will it be a McCown landslide? I would like to see McCown succeed because he is a good guy and a great leader that Mike Glennon can learn a lot from. I believe this can be a solid year for the veteran and could really help this offense be productive this season. Add that up with the fact that much of this season’s success will depend on Josh McCown’s performance and you have one hell of a topic to look forward to during training camp. Carl Nicks participation? The last thing Nicks said was that he thinks he will be ready for training camp and the last thing Lovie said was that he passed his physical and that he is not worried. So the optimism for me is still there but I have to be honest, I just can’t buy it. For all the good reports I have read, I have read double the bad ones and Nicks is not doing too good at convincing me he will be ready to go. Nicks is one of the most important players for this season for the Bucs. He is one of the best players at his position when healthy and offensive guard, in my opinion, is without a doubt our biggest need by a longshot. If Nicks returns at 80%, that will be much better than any other offensive guard we have on this team, assuming Evan-Dietrich Smith holds down the Center spot. With this being said, I am starting to question why we traded Jeremy Zuttah when we knew offensive guard was going to be an issue. Free Agents performing? The Bucs made a lot of moves in free agency with all of the money that was tied up into the Darelle Revis deal and some believe the team had the best offseason out of any team in the NFL. I tend to agree with the rest and say we killed it in free agency, adding big names such as Micheal Johnson, Alterraun Verner, and Josh McCown. The Buccaneers also added a couple of other good players like Anthony Collins and Clinton McDonald. Now the question is this: Will they show up and prove they are all ready to come in and play at a high level? The potential is there for every player I named thus far, but with these players also comes a couple of other question marks. Micheal Johnson went from 11 sacks to just 3.5 in only one year. Some say it was the scheme he was playing in, but I am looking for a big training camp from him to prove to me and the world that he can be a top defensive end in this league. Verner comes into camp with not many question marks, did great for the Tennessee Titans in zone defense, and will most likely be running zone a good amount this season. McCown got to show off during his five games last season, but not so much any year before that. That begs the following question: Which version of Josh McCown will we get? McDonald is one of my favorite signings because he was a fantastic rotational player for the Seahawks and I believe he can be a very good starter for this team. Paired up with McCoy, I think he can wreak some havoc and be a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Collins was rated as the top offensive tackle in the NFL last year after allowing an astounding 0 sacks and playing so well while he was in. My question with him now is this: How is his durability? Can he last a whole season? Let’s wait and see. What is Demps’ role? A lot of fans may be over Jeff Demps after he decided to choose track over football last year, but I still have a little bit of faith left in me for the fastest player in the NFL to do some damage this year. Demps had shown a few little sparks of what he can do last season before his hamstring injury. He presented his unbelievable quickness and acceleration, and with the right offensive coordinator, I think he can be a dangerous weapon. Lovie has been caught praising Demps, saying he loves having the fastest player in the NFL on his team. Tampa Bay’s head coach has also stated that the former Florida standout was getting some reps at slot receiver on top of his running back reps. I am confused, however, about reports I have read that he has not been practicing the team’s return duties. Lovie has harped on how important his return man is and you would think that with the speed Demps brings to the table, he would at least be given some reps at kick and punt return. Don’t overthink what I am saying, but I look for Demps to be used much like Darren Sproles was utilized for the Saints. I can also see him being shifted out to the slot receiver position in shotgun formations, and maybe even used to create some wildcat plays. All of this could just be dreaming and he could have no impact at all this year, but that is why it is one of my questions going into training camp and not an answer. Overall, I cannot remember a time where I have been more excited for training camp than this season. With all of the key changes on this team, and a coach that I believe can put the pieces together and bring the best out of every player, there is plenty of hype. My guess is that Buccaneer fans who attended last year’s training camp will be much happier to see a team that looks twice as prepared as Schiano’s men.link

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      I think there is a lot here that I agree with. Here’s my answers to his questions.1. I think the McCown that played for Chicago IS the player we are going to get. I'm not expecting Payton Manning or Drew Brees play, but I think he'll play consistent enough for the Bucs to be in all their games. At 34, Luke isn't about potential any more, he's either learned to be a good NFL quarterback or he hasn't. I think he proved last season that he's there. Honestly quarterback is the least of the things I'm worried about unless McCown gets injured. I'm not sold either way on Glennon, but I do think Glennon will be a better quarterback learning for a year behind McCown.2. Here we mostly agree. It's nice that both Carl and Lovie seem to think Carl will be practicing at training camp, but I'm not counting on him. I also disagree at Carl Nick's at 80% is better than any guard we have on the team (who makes up those quotes?). For the moment, I'm a bit less worried about the guard position than I was because the coaches seem to be saying that the guards that they have are practicing well. But, until the pads come on, you really don't know what you have. Guard is still a position I have some worries about.3. I honestly love our FA pickups this year. I'm not sure why the author thinks this is a question. Of the players that he mentions, the only one that I have any questions about is Micheal Johnson, however, even though he didn't get sacks last season, he had a ton of pressures and played the run well. Licht did a great job of getting good market value for these guys, I don't feel we overpaid for any of them. In the case of everyone of them, they fulfilled a need and were clearly better than what we had on the roster. Good signings all IMO.4. I think the reason Demps hasn't worked on return duties is that he has tape on what he can do there and the staff wanted to see him work on other things. When all is said and done, I expect him to hold one of the returner positions and play a role in the offense. Honestly, if I was naming 4 questions, I'm not sure this would be one of the one's that I chose. My big worry about Demps is his size, at 175 pounds, I wonder just how well he can hold up in the NFL, not if the guy will make the roster and play.

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    • Anonymous

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      Don’t let him hit his sprinter’s stride in the open field . It’s house.jeff-demps-kentucky-hd-o.gif

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    • Anonymous

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      Does anyone know whether Demps returned kickoffs or punts in college?  I don’t think punts, but maybe kickoffs?

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    • Anonymous

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      Does anyone know whether Demps returned kickoffs or punts in college?  I don't think punts, but maybe kickoffs?

      Very few.  He was too important in the offense.  He did show up at times as a punt/kick blocker.

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    • Anonymous

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      Kickoffs . They had Chris Rainey return the punts.

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      thanks

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    • Anonymous

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      Yes Calico. He was actually great at blocking kicks surprisingly. He blocked like 3 punts if I’m not mistaken.

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    • Anonymous

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          I’ve read Demps’ football weight is 191, vs his track wieght of 175. No idea if he’s at that weight now.    He may have a problem catching punts. There could also be a fumbling issue too, even on KO's. Or they may have big plans for him on offense and just want to save him some wear and tear. Yeah, read about him as a punt blocker!

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    • Anonymous

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      Don't let him hit his sprinter's stride in the open field . It's house.jeff-demps-kentucky-hd-o.gif

      Amazing. Wow I love this kid.

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    • Anonymous

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      I don’t know if they plan to just plug Demps in, as the return guy. Like someone mentioned there is a lot more to being a good returner than just speed. In the handful of returns he has handled in the NFL, he hasn’t exactly impressed. I hope he works out as a return guy, but I would of preferred Dexter McCluster when he was available last offseason.

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      I will be doing a top five questions article to run the week of the 23rd before vacation. I have my five, but you guys list your top 5 questions you think need to be cleared up during training camp.

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      1-Are the rookie OG’s really any good2-Is Glennon really the Furure?3-Will Nicks, Goldson, Koining and eventually VJax be gone due to high salaries4-If the defense is a top 10 defense, where will the offense land? Top 20?/10?5-Is Demps going to be featured?6-Bonus question. Can any LB or DB really stop our receivers and TE's at 6'5'' plus?

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      I will be doing a top five questions article to run the week of the 23rd before vacation. I have my five, but you guys list your top 5 questions you think need to be cleared up during training camp.

      Here are my 5:1. Can Clayborn succeed from the LE with his hand in the ground?2. Who is our 3rd down back?3. Who is starting at the Nickel DB position?4. Can Foster be a successful MLB in this scheme?5.  Will the door hit Luke Stocker on his way out?

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    • Anonymous

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      I will be doing a top five questions article to run the week of the 23rd before vacation. I have my five, but you guys list your top 5 questions you think need to be cleared up during training camp.

      1  Demps is a big question mark for me.2  Do they have any confidence left in Stocker?3  How does the Foster wearing the headset thing working?4  Any rooks really lighting it up?5  Should Bowers not be paying his rent too far ahead?

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      1)  Will our 2nd year D-linemen have developed enough to provide quality depth to the rotation that looks pretty good to me on paper?2)  Will our new offensive scheme translate well and quickly w/ our existing players?3)  Will performance level at the QB position be good enough to be considered a strength this year? 4)  Can Demps play a full / healthy season?5)  Can Goldson make the necessary adjustments to be effective and avoid the killer penalties & suspensions this year? 

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    • Anonymous

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      Don't let him hit his sprinter's stride in the open field . It's house.jeff-demps-kentucky-hd-o.gif

      He kinda reminds me of me back in the day.  ;D

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      1. Will the offense be able to come together quickly with so many new players including qb, the Oline and rookie weapons coming in?2. Will Michael Johnson and Clinton McDonald be able to help a pass rush that was awful for the last few seasons?3. How will the secondary fair without Darrelle Revis?4. Will Tedfords scheme transition to the pro game?5. Is Josh McCown able to continue what he did in Chicago or is he what he has been his whole career?

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