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Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: [email protected]

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    thunderchunky

    Evan Smith has been terrible both games. Loafing, missing blocks, and his SLOW shotgun snaps. Maybe it’s because he got hurt, but has not played well at all

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    pinkstob

    I didn’t realize J. Hawley was starting until part of the way through the game. He made a huge difference on the O-line so I hope to move to have him start at center is permanent.

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    76Buc

    I agree thunderchunky. I was watching his snaps and they were very slow. The new guy’s snaps were much faster. However, when Smith went out the run game stalled.

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    Gerardski

    That penalty on Hawley was a very very very skeptical call. I’m emphasizing very skeptical.

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      cgmaster27

      Yeah considering he fell and rolled and the defender ran into him, I thought that call was horrible. His own momentum kept him rolling. Never want to see anyone get hurt but eds is terrible and probably the most overrated lineman we have.

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      Bucs Capacitor

      Absolutely. Doesn’t deserve to be on this list for that one BS penalty.

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      Bschucher

      NO WAY should that guy be on the list.. if you cant find five..don’t just make one up. 😉

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    Horse

    Zach, I think you were reaching to name 5 guys.

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      Bucs Capacitor

      I love it when that happens on this list, and not the other!

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    drdneast

    Giving up one sack is hardly a reason to put Smith on this list.
    I think Austin Jevarian Jenkins belongs here instead.
    I believe the guy got penalized twice for holding and dropped an easy catch.
    For all of you thinking Hawley is better than Smith, the Bucs ran the ball much better when Smith was in the game.
    But the tripping call was ticky tack but the guy is known for dirty play.

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    rudyrudy888

    Hawley should not be on this list, the one call was BS. The guy left off this list was DJ Swearinger. Everytime there was a big play of touchdown, he was out of position. I remember plays where I saw missed tackles and the numbers that stood out to me were 36 and 50. Swearinger and Bruce Carter. Watch the film.

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    surferdudes

    Bogus call, so was roughing the passer, and at least one of the holding calls I saw on Jenkins. Big brother did not want the Bucs to beat N.O.. Take that as however you mean. I don’t want to get fined.

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    fredster

    Hawley sucked. Runs up the middle were non existent when he was in there.

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    Topher

    Not a fan of Evan Smith at all. Hate his play on the field, and hate his personality off the field even more. I don’t wish ill will on anyone so hope his injury isn’t too serious.

    I thought Hawley played better but isn’t as strong of a run blocker.

    I’d much rather see J. Warren getting the chance to back up Evans. He played extremely well in the preseason minus his feet getting tangled with Winston on a play. That’s just chemistry and he started at third on the depth chart when otas began.

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    russmillerwy

    I thought the tripping penalty on Hawley was a mistake. The refs were flaghappy. Reminded me of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Last week’s refs seemed to make a lot of mistakes as well. If we ever make the playoffs we’ll get the seasoned and polished refs again.

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    russmillerwy

    Watching Winston walk up to the line from the huddle right before his fumble on third and short I thought “Uh oh.” Is eyes were like saucers. He looked terrified. Poor pass protection will do that to any rookie qb, no matter how highly he was drafted. Thankfully, Brees looked pretty rattled, too. Three straight quaters of poor pass protection will do that to any qb, period.

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    scubog

    The call on Hawley was total BS. He never raised his leg.

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    NaplesKrewe

    Is anyone else getting annoyed with the fact that EVERY TIME Evans misses a catch he throws his hands up and cries about pass interference? Every. Single. Time.

    Play the game Mike.

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      Bschucher

      Cuz EVERY other receiver in the league doesn’t do that? You watch Witten last night?

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        NaplesKrewe

        didn’t see Jackson do it – ASJ didn’t – Murphy – nothing

        It’s fine to try and draw the penalty, but the over acting is beginning to get a little bit too much.

        And no, I didn’t see Witten last night

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    cheveliar

    Where the hell is Warren? That’s who should have been in there. This kid looks better than Smith and Hawley!!!!!

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      plopes808

      I was wondering the same thing

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    drdneast

    RussMillerwy, guys like you and your comments make me laugh.
    What makes it even more sad is you actuall believe what you are saying.
    Actually, on that play, Winston had enough time in the pocket, he should have just thrown the ball away.
    You sound like Fran Tarkenton who says the same thing about every QB, yet I remember Tarkenton scrambling around a lot of times when he didn’t even have to.
    Overall, the line gave Winston plenty of time in the pocket yesterday and Winston looked comfortable in it.

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    billbyrne

    Zach: Yor are working too hard to come up with these names. Hawley, Smith and Jenkins ALL played well, throughout the game and do not belong on your list!!! Hawley played well while in for Smith.

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    cbrady2k

    Why can’t PR just call it as it happened and not be so scared about being called a “homer”? The alleged tripping call was BS – if you’re going to “call out” someone how about it be based on actual events?

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    Buctebow

    They won, I don’t care how.

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    plopes808

    The only one I believe really belongs on this list is Johnson. As good as the rest of the d-line played, he should have at least been visible.

    Sure, D Smith had trouble blocking a pro-bowler, that’s to be expected from a rookie. Evans didn’t produce much but he’s coming of an injury that may be slowing him down and still managed to get open quite often. ASJ played pretty well other than the one dropped pass. Maybe it was just the o-line as a whole, but it seemed Hawley did a great job and was called on yet another BS flag.

    The only real disappointment last night was the refs!

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