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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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    I favor McCaffery for the multiple positions he can play. HE reminds me of Darren Sproles.

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      I am the one who asked the question about McCaffery and while everyone, including myself, loves Cook there is no one he last till 19. I believe McCaffery will be on the board at 19 however and think he can be a star for the Bucs offense with all the ways he can hurt defenses. I am sure Dirk would have a blast getting the ball in McCaffery’s hands on runs, screens, returns (which we need), and passes.

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      Steve Jimenez

      Did you see Cook line up at WR and catch a 40+ yard pass? He’s far better than McCaffery. Not close. That said, he’ll be long gone by the time we pick, so it’s a moot point.

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      Problem with McCaffery is durability question mark. He’s 195 pounds soaking wet….not really an every down running back’s frame, but more of a replacement for Charles Sims and useful as a Kick/Punt returner. IMO selecting that sort of player at #19 is a reach. Now, if he’s still available when we come back around in the second round (and preferably trading up in the 3rd round, back-end of the 2nd round…ala Roberto Aguyao), then I could get on board with the upgrade over Sims and having an actual kick returner on the team for the first time in a very long time.

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    Mark, our offensive tackles commit too many penalties. I understand keeping Smith but Dotson needs to be put on the hot seat. I also feel, like Horse, Gottschalk should be given an opportunity to win the center job this year. Ali Marpet should stay put and continue his ascension to a Pro Bowl guard. Happy New Year and Go Bucs!

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      Mark Cook

      No question the penalties are killers, but free agent tackles worth a darn don’t come around too often and cost a fortune. Draft wise you can’t expect a mid-round guy to step in and be lights out or even better than Dotson or Smith right out of the gate. Let’s see if Sweezy’s return helps solidify things a little bit. At the very least it should give the team more flexibility. And I prefer Marpet at guard as well. But if Hawley doesn’t come back, he might be given a shot. I like Joe a lot but size wise he doesn’t move people.

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    It’s funny you mention that pass into the end zone to Meyers vs. the Saints. I looked at my wife right after that play and we both said simultaneously that Brate makes that catch. Meyers also had a possibility for a TD after that. It was clear he just was not in sync.

    However, if the Bucs bring in another TE, he has to block better than Brate does. Brate’s blocking leaves a ton to be desired.

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    I think Bucs have to address Defensive Line and Receiver first. But obviously the list is so long now that the Draft alone will not suffice. This is a defensive Draft and that is deep and that could work well for Bucs. If they can pick up a player or two in Free agency and get lucky with a receiver early and a good DE, Defensive Tackle, or possibly a Safety, maybe TE could be grabbed later in the Draft. TE is supposed to be deep also.

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      I’m curious as to why Defensive Line and not the Secondary? If anything I could see us taking a 3rd or 4th round DT but without all of the injuries we had this year we have a pretty good group of D Lineman. I think first two rounds have to focus on secondary, because there is so much talent, and wide receiver because it’s arguably our biggest need.

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        Cornerback is deep in this draft, but not so much Safety. I think Bucs would have to get a safety with a first round pick if they want one. Bucs have so many needs due to injury and behavioral issues on offense that they are going to have to get a receiver early and probably a running back. IF anything happens to Brate, they really don’t have a TE who can perform at Brate’s level. This draft is deep at TE. But with all the talent at DE and DT and Cornerback, Bucs have to really play this draft strategically. I think the bucs need offense more because VJax is gone, Martin is probably gone. They need help all along the line on offense. There are just too many holes to fill and it is the wrong draft for offense. Especially if they take a receiver with the first pick which is likely. I am not sure that the DL is that strong on this team. DT really is not. We saw early in the year how vulnerable we were when players started going down. If they do not go after some free agents they will not be able to address all their needs.

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    Something I’ve been calling for, Dirk giving up play calling duties next year might happen. Dirk hinted at his presser yesterday, like I’ve been saying, wearing both hat’s on Sunday has been harder then he thought. He mentioned coaches like Peyton who’ve gone back, and forth on it, so we’ll see. I see a disconnect, when the head coach takes the play sheet on Sunday from the guy who did the game planning all week. Last year Koetter could sit next to Jameis all game, now play caller, and Q.B. don’t communicate between series like they use to. McCarthy, and Peyton can get away with it. They have Rodgers, Brees, Maybe after 10 years in this offense it won’t matter who calls the plays for Jameis. Do the right thing Dirk, let one of your assistants make a name for himself.

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    Regarding a replacement for Coach Smith, the Times has an article suggesting that Gus Bradley is someone that Koetter might bring in as DC. There certainly has been a lot of “cross-talk” between Jacksonville and Tampa Bay in terms of coaching hires.

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    What kind of back injury requires over a year to heal? Will he (Sweezy) be able to play at that point and not get injured?

    They need to address O line and D line early and often. Hope they don’t try to trade up for somebody. Just isn’t a deep enough team we need all the picks. Losing the second rd pick on Aguayao hurt. They better bring in competition. Of course we need a real 2nd WR and another pass catching TE too. I think free agency was good last year. Grimes and Ayers were good. Lot of WR’s in free agency this year. We shouldn’t be afraid to move again. Can’t do it all with draft. We were so close to playoffs this year. That stupid Rams and Raiders games were just painful to watch them blow at the end.

    As far as Aguayo, I mean really at what point do you say it’s not happening. He had a whole season and he sucked last week again. Missing multiple FG’s under 50 yards in great weather at home? Come on this guy is crap.

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    Buc 1976

    Should trade C Sims he only has a handful of splash plays and can’t run up the middle. Hopefully Doug’s situation gets worked out and comes back for less $$.
    Draft DL first and either WR or TE next. I saw Taco C. play he was in FSU’S back field ALL night and I am a FSU fan I think we need a player like him long and strong. The TE from Miami maybe available in 2nd rd. from Miami maybe

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