The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially announced on Thursday the hiring of Jon Robinson as Director of Player Personnel and Andy Speyer as National Scout. That position with the Buccaneers had been vacant since Dennis Hickey was hired to be the Dolphins general manager back in late January.
Robinson comes to the Buccaneers after 12 seasons with New England (2002-13), where he spent four years working with Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht (2002, 2009-11). Most recently, Robinson worked as the director of college scouting (2009-13), after having worked as the assistant director of college scouting in 2008.
While with the Patriots, Robinson helped oversee the drafting of several key contributors: wide receiver Julian Edelman (seventh round, 2009), defensive back Devin McCourty (first round, 2010), tight end Rob Gronkowski (second round, 2010), tackle Nate Solder (first round, 2011) and defensive end Chandler Jones (first round, 2012). Prior to the 2008 season, Robinson spent two years as a regional scout (2006-07) and four years as an area scout (2002-05) for the Patriots. During his time in New England, Robinson was a part of an organization that won 10 division titles, four conference titles and two Super Bowls. A native of Union City, Tennessee, Robinson signed with the U.S. Air Force Academy out of high school, before transferring to Southeast Missouri State, where he played for three seasons and earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education. Following his playing career, he coached at his alma mater in 1998, before moving on to coach at Nicholls State for three seasons (1999-2001), where he worked until joining New England. Speyer joins Tampa Bay after 12 seasons working with the Philadelphia Eagles’ player personnel department, including 11 as a college scout, covering the Southwest, Midwest and Northeast regions at various points during that time. While with Philadelphia, Speyer was a member of an organization that won six division titles and one conference title. He was also a training camp intern with the Eagles in 2001, when the team won their division and advanced to the conference championship. A native of Spring, Texas, Speyer played collegiately at Ricks College (Rexburg, Idaho), before transferring to the University of Utah and earning his undergraduate degree in business management. He also earned a MBA and a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University.
On Wednesday it was announced director of college scouting, Eric Stokes, had left the Buccaneers to join Hickey in Miami.
–Part of this report is courtesy of the Buccaneers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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