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The PewterReport.com Chat Session was held from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 30, 2007.
Pewter Report publisher Scott Reynolds and editor-in-chief Jim Flynn hosted the 30-minute chat session and answered questions from Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans.
PewterReport.com provides Bucs fans with a transcript of Tuesday's chat session below.
Reynolds is pewterreportsr and Flynn is pewterreportjf. Their chat room identities are bolded below.
The chat transcript reads from top to bottom.
PEWTERREPORT.COM CHAT TRANSCRIPT – 5/30/07
pewterreportjf: Hello, Bucs fans.
gatorthumper: hello JF
rhelvestine: Dan Buenning's knee injury last September prevented him from making huge strides from his rookie year. Will this new knee injury prevent him from making further progress into this coming year?
bucwildfan: Hi JF
pewterreportjf: Let the PewterReport.com Chat Session begin.
pewterreportsr: What's up, gang?
bucwildfan: hi SR
pewterreportjf: thelvestine – There's a big question mark on Dan Buenning right now. He'll be healthy enough to play when training camp rolls around, but he's switching to a new position (center). He has been snapping the ball during OTAs, but he's been limited for the most part. We'll have to see what happens there, but there is some cause for concern.
gatorthumper: if the season were to start today where would boston end up on the WR depth chart …if it all, 4th reciever?
gatorthumper: hi SR
kasperfox: hey jf, sr
kasperfox: Sabby P. sounds like he has been impressive thus far. Do you think we see him starting against Seattle?
bucwildfan: How is clayton faring so far against maurice stovall? I red Clayton has had drops in the OTAs and then I hear real good things about stovall. What are the chances of stovall starting for us from Day 1? I don't think hilliard will be much of an option. I think Boston can be our 4th WR @ most
pewterreportjf: gatorthumper – That's a good question. If the season started today, I'd say David Boston would be either the No. 3 or 4 receiver. Maurice Stovall has had a good offseason, but if the Bucs wanted more speed at the No. 3 spot, Boston might be the guy as opposed to Stovall.
gatorthumper: wow they really are that impressed then so far
pewterreportsr: I think Stovall will surpass Clayton in the preseason if Clayton's drops continue.
rhelvestine: What did the bucs think about Sam Olajabutu? practice squad?
dpc1192: Has Boston lost alot of his speed?? He's huge now!
bucwildfan: he's huge because we got stevens as well 😛 juice buddies ; )
pewterreportjf: kasperfox – It's too early to say whether Sabby Piscitelli will start at strong safety. He looked pretty good at the OTA the media was allowed to watch last week. If Jermaine Phillips doesn't improve from last season, Piscitelli could indeed start on opening day.
dpc1192: i hope alex smith starts, he
pewterreportsr: We are hearing that Jeff Garcia has been really outplaying all QBs in the OTAs. Simms has been subject to streaky play before in the offseason and at camp (although he fared well last year), but he hasn't been as consistent at Garcia has been.
pewterreportjf: dpc1192 – David Boston isn't as fast as he used to be, but he's close to his old self. The biggest thing Boston needs to be able to do is separate from defensive backs. He struggled to do that last year due to the knee injury/recovery.
dpc1192: I'd be very surprised if simms started this season. It sounds like gruden loves garcia, and we all know he doesn't like simms very much
bucwildfan: Any word on plummer? this guy has been real quiet but it's becoming very disturbing as to have cap money spent on a QB who won't play
rhelvestine: could Ike Hilliard be a cap casualty? especially if Antonio Bryant gets signed…..
dpc1192: is there talk about us signing Bryant?
pewterreportjf: rhelvestine – Sam Olajabutu likely is a practice squad player. The Bucs are just too dep at linebacker. That's a good problem to have, though.
pewterreportsr: The Bucs really like Ike Hilliard. The guy just doesn't make many mistakes and is dependable. He's the modern day Karl Williams (minus the PR ability)
pewterreportjf: bucwildfan – The Bucs are still attempting to lure Jake Plummer to One Buc Place, or out to dinner. I'd say it's 50-50 on whether Plummer plays for the Bucs in 2007.
dpc1192: i love ike hillard on 3rd down
gatorthumper: Can you guys give some ideas on the "other" players/people who are going to be at the golf tournament? I am eagerly awaiting my long trip over there for it
rook01: Is Kelly trying to be a good guy and hoping he will get rewarded like Barber
ares: SR/JF who do you think our Starting WR's will be? Clayton and Gally or do you think a guy like Boston or Stovall will challenge Clayton? sorry if this was asked
pewterreportsr: We don't know the specifics of exactly who will be out there, but some of the names we have heard that might attend are Dan Buenning, Jeb Terry, Anthony Becht and possibly Gaines Adams. Chris Hovan is doing the recruiting for the tournament, so it's kind of hard to say "no" to Chris. We've also heard that Luke McCown and possibly Bruce Gradkowski might make it.
bucwildfan: Is there a possibility gaines adams starts over Spires @ LE? Rice won't give up his spot and adams would have to earn it.
gatorthumper: awesome…thank you
pewterreportjf: gatorthumper – Josh Bidwell, Chris Hovan, Gaines Adams, Michael Clayton, Luke McCown and Bruce Gradkowski are some of the players expected to be at the Pewter Report Charity Golf Tournament.
dpc1192: Would you be surprised if we cut Simeon Rice before camp?
pewterreportsr: I think Brian Kelly is a good guy. He's stuck because he knows he has two years left on his deal and Bruce won't re-do it. I think he'll get an extension after this year if he stays healthy and returns to form. BK is one of those players that could transition to safety later in his career as he played FS at USC.
pewterreportjf: ares – I do believe Maurice Stovall will challenge Michael Clayton for a starting job. It's really Clayton's job to lose, but he's got to be much more consistent in terms of catching the football.
bucwildfan: i'd be sad if simeon was to get cut. WHen healthy the guy is vicious and with the addition of carter it should help. I'm glad we have coyer as well a coach with experience rather than Burns
pewterreportsr: Simeon Rice won't be cut by the Bucs. At this stage, I doubt they'll trade him, but they won't cut him.
dpc1192: thanks for clarifying… it sounds like Gaines Adams won't be a starter then, but will only come in as a situational player
bucwildfan: are the chats going to start @ 7pm now or is it just for today? I think this is a real good time to do them 🙂
pewterreportsr: I think Gaines will be a situational pass rusher as a rookie and then step into a starting role in 2008 when Simeon leaves.
bucwildfan: We're going to be paying Gaines adams alot of money. I hope we see him more than a situational player. See what he can do
ares: Does it look like Hayward can/will be used this year on defense? Maybe a sa situational pass rusher, or do you think he is a STer with a project type standing?
strickii: Has any of your sources (players only) indicated which rookies have been impressive
pewterreportjf: bucwildfan – I don't see Gaines Adams starting this year. The Bucs are working him mainly at right end to groom him behind Simeon Rice. That said, expect Adams to be worked in as a situational type pass rusher. Rice would likely replace Greg Spires on obvious passing downs while Adams moves in at right end in those situations.
rook01: Even Sapp did not start as a rookie DL
dpc1192: ya, i'm not expected to see much of adams this season
pewterreportjf: ares – Hayward will have to make a big impact on special teams to make the 53-man roster this season. If not, there's a good chance the Bucs would attempt to sneak him onto the practice squad.
dpc1192: Is Quincy Black still the talk of One Buc Place?
pewterreportsr: I like Hayward. I think he will be a special teams dynamo. Black gets a lot of the pub, but at times, I get confused between the two because they are almost identical in terms of body structure and athletic ability. I think Adam Hayward makes the roster this year.
pewterreportjf: strick – The players haven't really commented too much on which rookies have looked impressive. The biggest buzz a rookie has received thus far was from the rookie mini-camp, where Quincy Black really stood out.
pewterreportsr: I spoke with a team source last night who was raving about Black. The thing is though, it's still early. The team is very excited about his athletic ability and playmaking potential, but he still has to learn the defense and adapt to the NFL game. They do feel he will pick it up quickly and compete hard in 2007, though.
dpc1192: do you think Askew will get most of the playing time at FB this season?
pewterreportjf: dpc1192 – Quincy Black really stood out at the rookie mini-camp, but he didn't stand out as much as the OTA workout we were allowed to watch last week. But that was just one practice. The team is very high on Black.
ares: Did it look like Tanard Jackson is in a little better shape now? And also do you think either of the rookie S will be starting?
pewterreportjf: dpc1192 – Yes, I do believe B.J. Askew will get most of the playing time at fullback this season. Don't be surprised if Mike Alstott's role is more limited this season than ever before.
dpc1192: I love Alstott, but I believe it is probably best for the team if Askew steps in.
pewterreportsr: I had the chance to meet B.J. Askew last week and came away very impressed. He was very intelligent and his personality reminded me a lot of Ronde Barber's. I think Askew can be a real find for this team. The fact that the Bucs didn't draft a fullback this year was a little telling. I'm anxious to see what Askew can do when the pads come on. I look for him to split time with Alstott this year.
rook01: Jim, with all the criticism of Alstott as a blocker the only FB here that I have seen block better than Mike is Lorenzo Neal
pewterreportsr: I think Will Allen and Jermaine Phillips will be the starting safeties. I think Piscitelli will push Phillips as the season goes on.
dpc1192: mack strong is a better blocker than alstott
ares: Tony Richardson is as good as Neal and much better than Mike at blocking
pewterreportsr: rook01 – Good point. Alstott has been the best blocker, but at times, that's like being the tallest midget. Alstott had a great year blocking in 2005, but I thought his play really dipped last year.
pewterreportjf: rook – That's a great point. The Bucs have missed Lorenzo Neal as a lead blocker, but they've had plenty of time to replace him. I don't think Askew is another Neal, but I do believe he can be an upgrade as a lead blocker at fullback.
pewterreportsr: I think rook01 meant to say the best blocking FB in Tampa Bay.
strickii: If we keep AD as a reserve LT and LG, who wins out as the other back-up…Denman or Penn
dpc1192: what ever happend to Sowell? I thought he was considered to be one of the better blocking Full Backs in the league.
pewterreportsr: It's too early for me to make a call on the OL between Denman and Penn. I really can't evaluate the O-line fairly without seeing these guys in pads.
pewterreportjf: dpc1192 – It's still early, but the Bucs really seem to be quite high on Chris Denman. He's a seventh-round pick, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him make the team. Penn did, however, get a lot of reps at OTAs last week.
rook01: Sowell was disappointing. He was worse than Jameel Cook
pewterreportsr: dpc1192 – Sowell arrived washed up. The guy barely got any playing time and was pretty sour about it.
dpc1192: Jameel Cook
ares: Do either of you feel Daven Joseph will be playing at the pro-bowl level this year? All I keep hearing is how he will be a All Pro guard, and I hope this is so…
pewterreportjf: dpc1192 – Jerald Sowell didn't have much left in the tank, and he became frustrated by his role on offense, or lack thereof.
dpc1192: the only memory i have of him was that stupid penalty he had in the Redskins playoff game
pewterreportsr: Again, it's hard for me to judge the OL without pads on. You can tell quickness and if guys are in shape in shorts and jerseys, but you can't tell about power and physicalness without pads.
rook01: I remember Cook on the two point conversation against the Skins hitting nobody. Lavar Arrington gave Alstott a better block than Cook by jumping over the pile
pewterreportjf: ares – We'll have to see how Davin Joseph does. I don't know that any of Tampa Bay's offensive linemen are Pro Bowlers, but if Cadillac rushes for 1,000-plus yards and the Bucs offense starts scoring some touchdowns, you might see one or two of them receive some Pro Bowl consideration.
guest: SR/JF If Clayton continues to struggle, what are the chances of maybe seeing Stovall,Boston at the # 2,3 receivers. I know it may be a stretch to think that about Boston right now but, if it's true that some people in the Bucs organization believe he has his quickness back that he didn't have last year, then it's really not that far of a stretch.
dpc1192: I really hope Clayton has a good season, I thought after that game against the Bengels he might get back to his old form.
pewterreportsr: The Bucs are high on Boston, and he's looked good in OTAs, but the jury is still out. We'll know more in August.
pewterreportjf: I don't see Michael Clayton falling out of the top three in the receiver rotation. However, I do believe this is a make or break season for Clayton. I will write more about this in my Fourth Down column in the June issue of Pewter Report.
dpc1192: Hows my boy Chas Gessner look!
strickii: Do y'all think we continue to look for a KR/PR throughout the summer or is this kid acq in FA seem sufficient?
ares: As of right now how do you see the NFC south playing out 1-4?
pewterreportjf: dpc1192 – Chas Gessner is a big boy. He has pretty good hands, but he doesn't have great speed. He seemed to have some trouble getting separation from defensive backs. I am looking forward to watching Gessner in training camp.
pewterreportsr: I doubt that Gessner makes the team. He hasn't really stood out.
dpc1192: He looks decent in Pre Season
rook01: Would we ever consider bringing McCardell back?
pewterreportjf: ares – Boy, it's early. Scott and I both agree that the New Orleans Saints are the team to beat in the NFC South. That's not a big surprise. But we also expect Atlanta and Carolina to take a step back this season.
pewterreportjf: rook01 – Keenan McCardell would consider playing for the Bucs, but the Bucs won't consider having him back. Too much damage was done during his holdout.
strickii: especially if harrington starts for Atl…
dpc1192: The Falcons are in bad shape right now.
pewterreportsr: The interesting thing about Boston is that he has been returning kicks in practice.
dpc1192: Only Kickoffs, or punts also?
pewterreportsr: Just kickoffs. Cadillac Williams has been returning kicks, too.
pewterreportjf: dpc1192 – Boston was returning kickoffs, not punts, at the latest OTA.
dpc1192: Thats pretty cool. Was Pittman back there returning kicks at all?
pewterreportjf: Bucs fans – what are your early predictions for the Bucs for the 2007 season?
pewterreportsr: Pittman was returning kickoffs, but Bisaccia knows what Pitt can do.
pewterreportjf: dpc1192 – Interesting that you ask about Pittman returning kickoffs. He wasn't back there fielding any during last week's OTA.
dpc1192: you all really see us having a winning season!
gatorthumper: I cant see less than 8-8 really, but believe in 9-7
pewterreportjf: Okay, let me rephrase the question. What record does Jon Gruden need to keep his job in Tampa Bay in 2008?
gatorthumper: the same
dpc1192: 9-7 or 10-6
pewterreportsr: If you haven't registered for the Bidwell-Hovan-Pittman Pewter Report Golf Tournament, do so now. Spots are filling up. We hope to have about a dozen Bucs players out there, so it will be a good time.
dm4bucs: atleast 8-8
pewterreportsr: Gruden needs 8-8.
dpc1192: he needs to have a winning record
gatorthumper: looking forward to it very much
ares: well, I think it is a playoff season not necessarily a certain record, and we all know how the NFC is.
dpc1192: Is Philip Buchanon returning punts at all?
strickii: thinking about making the trip down from Hilton head….
rook01: I thought Dexter Jackson signed a cap friendly deal with the Bengals. Why didn't we bring him back?
pewterreportsr: All I know is the Falcons are coming in fourth in the NFC South this year.
gatorthumper: haha good
edwamil83: saints third
pewterreportjf: 8-8 might be good enough for Jon Gruden to keep his job, but doesn't it depend on what kind of 8-8 it is? Meaning, if the Bucs start 1-7 and finish 8-8, that would be decent as opposed to starting 7-1 and finishing 8-8. Catch my drift?
pewterreportsr: I think Saints first, Bucs second, Panthers third, Falcons fourth.
strickii: No, TB, Car…then Atl
gatorthumper: true JF
dm4bucs: i'd be very surprised too if falcons aren't 4th in nfc
pewterreportjf: rook01- if you remember, Will Allen performed well in 2005, and Dexter Jackson played hurt and missed some games due to injuries. That's why the Bucs allowed Jackson to go in free agency.
dpc1192: I think Gruden should be fired if he doesn't have a winning season.
gatorthumper: sign him to an extention now, lol
pewterreportsr: dpc1192 – You won't be alone in that line of thinking. There will be plenty who agree with you.
ares: So out of all these guys that look like Monsters like Boston, Pitt, etc. Who to you guys looks the biggest and most intimidating in person?
dpc1192: Also! Do you think the Bucs would ever consider signing Marc Bulger in 2008?
strickii: Well, if our offense plays like they did in the 1st half of the second carolina game….he'll stick around. BUT, if they play that 2 yard dink stuff, he's done.
pewterreportsr: Folks, this has been fun. Gotta go tuck in my little linebacker and my little cheerleader. Thanks for subscribing to Pewter Report.
gatorthumper: thank guys
dpc1192: thanks alot
gatorthumper: thanks rather
pewterreportjf: dpc1192 – I'd be surprised if Marc Bulger makes it to free agency in 2008. Sounds like the Rams are trying to re-sign him.
nebraskabuc51: thanks for your time! And info!!
dm4bucs: later sr
ares: thanks guys
pewterreportjf: ares – Pittman and Boston are both pretty big.
edwamil83: zona boys
strickii: This is why this is the best site in all of football….no if's, an's or butts
dpc1192: I think Bulger is pretty underrated
pewterreportjf: Well, I've got to get going, room. Thanks for participating in the chat session, Bucs fans. Take care.
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