PewterReport.com began a new offseason feature recently, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered by the PR staff. Today, Mark Cook answers five questions taken from Twitter submissions using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Each week one of the questions used will earn the person who asked it a PewterReport.com T-shirt.
Question 1. PaulBlight17 asks, how much does our tough schedule factor into expectations for this year? Folks have tossed around playoffs.
Answer: The one thing about the NFL schedule is, it looks and ends up being a lot different by the end of the season after all the factor have play out. For instance, I’m not sure many people expected Cowboys to be as bad as they ended up being after Tony Romo went down with an injury. On the flip side of that, the Redskins win the division. How many people predicted that before last season got under way? Injuries, luck, a bad bounce here or there, and the next thing you know a team is spiraling out of control or perhaps the opposite. I agree on paper, in March, the Bucs schedule looks pretty tough. Denver, Oakland, Seattle at home are all tough games, and Kansas City, San Diego, even Dallas on the road, won’t be easy games. But as mentioned, so many factors come into play, and no one can predict how things will go or what will happen to a team’s makeup between now and when the game is played.
Question 2. ARuth4 asks, what are the chances the Bucs consider drafting Roberto Aguayo?
Answer: I really would be surprised to be honest. Some mocks have him going in the early rounds and I just don’t think the Bucs can afford the luxury of taking a kicker any earlier than the last couple rounds. It isn’t completely out of the question, but I would still be surprised. From what we have gathered, the Bucs still are high on Patrick Murray and weren’t disappointed in the job Connor Barth did last season. There are just too many other areas of the team that need to be addressed more so than kicker in my opinion.
Question 3. Kaymbee asks Will the press have access to the Bucs at the upcoming voluntary OTAs?
Answer: Yes as a matter a fact we just received the schedule on Monday of all of our media access from now until the last mini-camp in June. You can count on PewterReport.com to have full coverage and be at every offseason conditioning day, OTA along with all of the mini-camps. Our first access will be Monday April 11 for the teams off season conditioning program.
Question 4. NoleRance asks Do you think the realistic targets for the Bucs at 9 are Rankins, Stanley, Buckner, Lawson and Coleman?
Answer: Absolutely I believe Rankins is a possibility along with Stanley if he falls. We have had Rankins is our last two mocks. Bucker most likely will be gone at that point, but you never know with the draft if someone begins to fall for whatever reason. Personally I love Buckner and think he will go on to have an excellent NFL career, especially if he takes well to the coaching he will get in the league. I love his versatility, playing multiple positions at Oregon, but Rankins also has some flexibility as well. Both guys are excellent pro prospects, but I am just not sure Buckner is available by the time the Bucs pick. Shaq Lawson would be a reach to me at No. 9 overall. If the Bucs end up moving down, say with a team like Detroit, then at No. 16 I could see it, but I don’t think they take a chance with the ninth overall.
Question 5. AlphaTweetomega asks, isn’t it a little ridiculous that we signed Sweezy to a deal worth almost the same money as Doug? A premier RB?
Answer: On paper, just looking at it, maybe. But free agency is all about supply and demand and what teams feel are the most important pieces they need moving forward. It wasn’t like Tampa Bay was the only team in the running for Sweezy, including the Seahawks who wanted him back. Sources told us the Bucs were up against multiple teams for Sweezy, and perhaps the price got bumped a little, but it is in the Logan Mankins range, and the team loves the idea of pairing him with Marpet to solidify the middle of the Bucs offensive line. They feel they have two road grader type run blockers who are both good in pass coverage with still room to get better.