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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 wonder is there any guess or timetable as to the return of Ayers,Martin,McDonald, or McCoy?

    Was wondering same about Sweezy. Pretty much forgot him. Lol. How could they kno know when they signed him how bad his back was? Is he even making progress? Be nice if able to get some more info on injuries at times.

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      The Bucs aren’t saying. It’s plausible to believe that they’ll all be back in week 7 after the bye, because none of them appear to be serious injuries.

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    Meant to say how could they not know how bad his back was?

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    We have not seen much about McDonalds condition lately. I consider him an important part of DL. Is he slated to return after bye week?

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    Would love to see the Bucs go to San Fran with a full healthy roster and beat the kneelers. Every one has to right to protest but not disrespecting their country. No way. Bad choice. Go Bucs!

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      I want to see them beat the 49ers regardless of what they do during the national anthem because I’m a Bucs fan. I also don’t see it as disrespecting the country, but that’s not the point.

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        Then you are a moron!!! Go stand, my bad kneel, in front of a person of service because of what? That moron hasn’t done anything to prove his stance. It’s people like you that are a problem with this country. Grow a pair and have a backbone.

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    I’m excited to see VHIII begin to succeed with confidence. I’m a along time Gators fan so I hope he has a long successful career as a Buc!

    I think Hargreaves is going to have at least one breakout game with multiple splash plays similar to how he was making in camp.

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    ‘ EasytheGreat wants to know, where in the hell is J.R. Sweezy? And when he comes back (if he does) will he be the starting LG over Pamphile? ”

    I called him OUT in training camp , he just wanted 1 more big check. WE will never see him in a game!!!!

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    Good Mailbag Mark. I’m curious why you only answer 5 questiona? How about 2 more?

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    jme0151, I agree with you completely. I would have a lot more respect for Kapernick is he would go out in the streets and march with members of the Black Lives Matter than to pull his little antics during the National Anthem. This is coming from Pewter Reports resident liberal.
    The main reason is because he has made social injustice into a racial issue instead of a socioeconomic one which is what it is. Poor white people are at the receiving end of a lot of social injustice as well.
    As for JR Sweezy I, as well as a lot of other people, are extremely interested in the health and possible return of Sweezy.
    Noone said anything about Sweezy needing back surgery when he was signed so I am wondering if the Bucs knew he needed it or was going to undergo the procedure when they signed him.
    I believe Carl Nicks was signed with the turf toe ailment because that is usually an ailment that occurs when playing on artificial turf which he did when he was with the Saints.
    Add Dan Vitale who was picked up and rejected by the Jets with a torn labrium. Did the Bucs know this when they released him.
    Something isn’t adding up on the Bucs medical staff if all of these problems are getting missed during physicals.
    I don’t see Murphy adding much to the attack coming off knee surgery that took over a year to heal.
    Instead, look at Cecil Short who pulled his hammy after catching his first pass with the Bucs.
    That hamsring, along with others on the team might also indicate the Bucs aren’t stretching and keeping hydrated enough before and during the games. What gives with all the bad hamstrings.

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    Good stuff Mark, a lot to chew on. [Even if it was “only” 5 questions. :>)]
    I have said it before and I don’t mind repeating myself. I look to PR to supply good insight and to come up with insider info. I am happy to see that you are trying to find out what is up with Sweazy. Many of us will be thankful if you can dig out something.
    Drdneast, I also have wondered what happened when they brought him here and if the staff stumbled on that one. I appreciate your thoughts and I echo your questions.
    Lastly, I just watched the video of today’ s press conference with Koetter. I get a lot from what he says. I will save further comments until tomorrow or later.
    Go Bucs!!!

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