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Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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    “I think the Bucs would want ZERO part of that.”
    That’s why. Not a good fit (style of play, system), major distraction, wants to start…..
    I too think the Bucs want ZERO part of that.

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    Can’t stand him. He’s an idiot no distractions please. His game sucks last few years too.

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    I guess I don’t care one way or the other about Kaepernick … certainly not a fan.

    The Bucs will be far better off drafting a QB on Day 3 to develop as a backup. There should be some decent talent available for that purpose.

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    Beautifully composed explanation SR!

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      I must admit that when I read your headline, I literally screamed, “NOOOOOOOOOOOO!” lol.

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    Ahh… Just got my morning coffee, I suppose I could use some thumbs down to go with it. I’d like to see the signing. He’s a young Superbowl QB that still has a lot to offer on the field. He’s not going to be participating in any of the protests that brought so much heat down him and finally, he has been giving a lot of money to charity. Yes, it could all be to rehabilitate his image, but he’s putting his money where his mouth is. If it’s a no-risk, short-term, relatively small contract, I’d go for it. Yes, some fans would get so upset that they would give up their season tickets, but the Bucs are about to become a perennial playoff team and those seats will sell like hotcakes. Think about the Raiders last year; They had a great chance to make some noise in the playoffs and it was all blown up because of the Carr injury. The Bucs could find themselves in the same position. Do you really want Naked Jay Cutler or some other leftover trotting out onto RayJay turf in a tight spot for the Bucs, or a guy that would give this team a legitimate chance to keep climbing that hill? If he ends up being a distraction, fine… Cut him. But, I think he’s learned his lesson. That would also save us a QB draft pick as well. Kaepernick is the kind of signing that Belechick makes and no one says a damn word about it and we all have to sit there watching him win another ring. Okay, gents… start hackin’ me… Where’s my coffee?

    1. 5.1


      The thumbs down is the worst thing to happen to PR.

      Enjoy your coffee

    2. 5.2


      Sean Renfree and Ryan Griffin are under contract. The Bucs are high on both of them and they are both young 4th year players. I don’t see the Bucs drafting anyone, nor bringing in a high priced free agent QB, especially one who wants to start and be paid like a starter. Glennon was the only person that gets that chance as he was drafted by the Bucs and had been a very solid teammate. As far as the Carr injury goes, it was bad timing and that is life in the NFL. Tom Brady, Ben Rothlisberger, Carson Palmer, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, Cam Newton, Marcus Mariotta, and Tony Romo all missed time last year from suspension or injury and their teams were fine without high priced backups.

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      Kaep and Cutler are both garbage and cancers to a team. I think I would rather have Cutler though, atleast he has a cannon for an arm. There are better options than both in FA and the draft.

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      Actually I agree with you. If it is for the right money, I say take him. He has talent and who cares if he protests. Only snowflakes get offended by that nonsense. It is just a back up. And what we got now will not do it, and whatever we draft in the later rounds will be no more ready to go into a game than what we have right now.

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    Kaepernick wants to start and wants $8-10 million per year. That’s why he isn’t a Buc or on any other team. He’ll wait to see if there is an injury somewhere, and may or may not have a job in the league this year.

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    Our country is already divided in the political world, but pretty much united when it comes to watching football. Can we please just not bring in anyone who wants to make a political statement about our country in our stadium. Go Bucs!

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    I would be in favor of the Bucs signing Kaep in a few months once his asking price goes down and he realizes the won’t be anything more than a backup. I was never a big fan of his when Jaws was saying he could be one of the greats, but as it stands now he’s probably among the best 30-40 QBs in the league. That makes him a very solid backup option. If Winston goes down for any time, this team is done with their current backups. Colin could probably keep the ship afloat for a little while.

    Additionally, while I’m personally not a fan of trick/gadget plays, he could be an interesting chess piece for wildcat/ flea flicker/ distraction type plays.

    I never cared either way for his protesting, but I think it’s somewhat commendable that he has furthered the dialog regarding race relations and equality in this country, even if people don’t agree with the actions he took to get there.

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    I enjoy football to get away from the political BS.

    The fastest way to dampen my enthusiasm for the Bucs is to sign this guy. He is a cancer to America and has shown *zero* remorse. At least Evens copped a public apology.

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      He doesn’t need to show remorse. He’s putting his money where his mouth is and is trying to help the problems he wanted to bring attention to. He is also not a cancer to anything. He exercised his rights as an American. The backlash came from people like you overreacting.

      That said, definitely not worth it to sign him.

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        Overreacting? Hardly. He disrespected military and law enforcement based on lies.



          Neither of those is particularly true.



          Lies? Yeah racial discrimination in this country is very real whether you experience it or not. It is not lies.

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    You pretty much nailed it Garv, Kapernicks style of play doesn’t mesh with the Bucs offensive system.
    I could care a less about his politics, if I thought he could help this team get to the playoffs he could burn flags i front of RJ Stadium for all I care.
    But the fact of the matter his play has regressed over the last two years and I believe it’s because defensive coordinators have figured out how to play him and what confuses him.
    You would have thought Chip Kelly’s read option would have been perfect for him but he couldn’t even improve under it.
    Great QB’s and leaders raise the level of play around them, they don’t wait for the team to draft players that are better than them so they can improve. See Cameron Brate, Adam Humhpries and Mike Evans.
    If anyone should be clamoring for Kapernick it should be Panther fan.. Let them take the Kap,, cut Anderson and then we can pick him up as a backup since his game is more like Winston’s and he doesn’t mind picking splinters out of his rear.

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      Good points Dr. D but I suspect your view of the Link from Mod Squad lookalike would deteriorate if he came to a press conference sporting a Make America Great hat.

  11. 12


    Should have sent a reporter to the league meetings Scott. Other sites got a lot of good information by having interviews with, Koetter, Licht, and even the Glazers. What did you gleam from local pro days? How many 40’s can they run, and how high they jump was covered last month at the combine. Yeah asking Koetter, or licht about Kap would’ve been a great question. Should’ve been there to ask it.

    1. 12.1

      Scott Reynolds

      Perhaps, but it wasn’t in the budget this year. We were the only local media outlet at the Senior Bowl and had exclusive interviews with Dirk Koetter and Jason Licht. Broke the news about J.R. Sweezy being cleared to practice and that Ali Marpet could be moved to center back in January.

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      I would have given you a thumbs up, but now you just kinda look like a jerk when it turns out it was a budget issue, lol. So I had to jump to the thumbs down. Tough breaks! lol

      1. 12.2.1

        Scott Reynolds

        A jerk for telling the truth? Wow. Okay.

        PewterReport.com is the only local media outlet that was at all of these events where there was Bucs personnel:

        East-West Shrine Game
        Senior Bowl
        NFL Scouting Combine
        Florida State Pro Day
        Florida Pro Day
        Miami Pro Day

        Sorry we didn’t have the budget for Phoenix this year. We’ll try to do better next year, toofamiliar17. I think we’ve had a damn good offseason of Bucs coverage and our web traffic numbers reflect it.



          Scott – here’s a suggestion … get rid of the thumbs up and thumbs down feature … just let the comments stand as they are written, readers can make up their own minds, and if another commenter wants to take issue with a given comment, they can.

          The thumbs up/down feature serves mainly for some commenters to fish for thumbs up, and lets those excercising their thumbs give down thumbs mainly just because they have a different opinion. It also likely discourages posting opinions that are likely to be unpopular … that’s just great, let’s just homogenize all opinions expressed, because god forbid that someone might care to harbor and express an unpopular opinion.

          The pages here were far better minus the thumbs.


          Buc 1976

          Scott for every action their is a reaction!
          Our first amendment freedom of speach,but it does not mean everyone will support someone that disrespect s our VETERANS!

  12. 13


    Against this signing due solely to the fact that he doesnt fit in our scheme. If we had Tennessee Titans style offense then it would make more sense. I hope they look mid-late round at Chad Kelly, Ole Miss, I think he has the arm to fit and is a gunslinger that could have some value down the road if he develops.

  13. 14


    Hell no on this. Kap is not only a distraction, he’s just not good. Weather you believe in his political stance or not, if this guy was any good, he’d have a team. Of course the media driven race machine is going to base it on his skin color and such, but if he could play, he would be signed period. Personally I think he’s a tool, after saying he would stand for the anthem this year after a team signed him, he lost all credibility with me. Not that he had much to begin with.

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    At the end of the day, he is simply not what we need as a backup.

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    If a team wants an inaccurate passer that can run, just draft Patrick Mahomes. That way they pay 10x less for basically the same QB.

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    Hell no, I’ll puke if they sign him and call it a day with the Bucs and I’ve been a Bucs fan since 1978!

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    For what it’s worth (which probably isn’t much), I really like this piece, Scott. Thank you for (mostly) not using it to make statements regarding your personal views.

    As for Kaep, I don’t blame NFL teams for not wanting to sign him as a result of the protest stuff. Not because I agree with that take, but because the bottom line is what matters most to all of these guys. No, if anyone is to blame here, it’s NFL fans. Hear me out.

    As wrong as it is, several teams with players who actively protested last year got MAJOR backlash, and not just the kind that lasts a couple weeks and fades away pretty quickly. This is utterly ridiculous to me, but a large number of the NFL highest spending fan base – that is, white people who aren’t especially young – are more offended by the idea of their team signing a guy who peacefully protested a corrupt justice system (and, by the way, made it 100% clear that his actions were not in any way a reflection of his views on the military or his level of personal patriotism) than they are by the idea of their team signing a guy who beat a woman, or who endangered the lives of innocent people by driving drunk, or who stole things, or who….well, pretty much anything else, apparently. If you want to blame anyone here, don’t blame owners for caring about their money; blame idiot fans who are threatening their businesses over this.

    At the end of the day, I wouldn’t want to sign Kaep anyways. He’s better than some give him credit for, and his rushing is a definite weapon, but he’s truly awful at understanding and reacting to NFL defenses and getting through his reads. Great arm talent, but on either the mental or the preparation side, he’s a liability. I wouldn’t mind him as a mid to low end backup, but obviously, he’s not going to be had for that type of contract, or for a role that clearly defined as being a backup.

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    I’d be more concerned about his declining play from his early years when he looked like a future star so much so that he cashed in big time. We all remember how Josh Freeman quickly flushed his career down the toilet after starting out so promising. Perhaps Collin can resurrect his once lofty standing in the league but he also might just continue his downward spiral. I just think there are better options for the Bucs.

    Few of us really know much about our current back-up QB’s Renfree and Griffin so I’ll defer to Licht and Koetter to determine whether either are viable options. I suspect we will either draft or sign an undrafted free agent prospect who may have some developmental qualities. The great GM Ron Wolf believed a team should always have a young QB in the lab.

    A back-up needs to follow a few unwritten rules. 1.) Be prepared 2.) Be supportive 3.) Be improving 4.) Be attentive 5.) Be at the ready and most importantly 6.) Be quiet. We once had a back-up QB named Casey Weldon and another named Mike Rae who failed to follow these simple prerequisites to keeping one of the best gigs.

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    The simple fact is that owners pay players for performing. He wasn’t, plain and simple. He was a backup before his political statement. If any owner doesn’t want to pay him, that’s their choice. You can speculate and spin it any way you want, but the bottom line is he put himself in this position.

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