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.  With the signing of Ayers and Grimes are the Bucs still locked into a defensive player with their first round pick?

Answer: No I don’t believe so. Of course I would say that is still the way they will go if I were a betting man, but with the additions of Ayers, Grimes and now even cornerback Josh Robinson, the Bucs aren’t pigeon holed into only taking a defensive player. And honestly I am not sure they 100 percent would have, had they not signed these defensive free agents, although it certainly would have been more likely. But again, I still believe it is more likely they go with a defensive player, partly because that is where they could use the most help, but also because I think there is more top defensive talent that would be available at No. 9 when they are on the clock. The free agency moves certainly gives them flexibility if nothing else.

Question 2.  Would Licht SERIOUSLY not take a 1st round pick if offered for Glennon? What would it take a team to get him..Really?

Answer: I found that report very difficult to believe myself. To be able to add another No. 1 pick, and get possibly another starter for a player you hope never sees the field, would be the best case scenario in my opinion. Of course I am speculating here, but I just can’t for a second believe that Jason Licht would turn down a No. 1 pick for Glennon. I get why Licht isn’t going to trade Glennon for a mid-round pick of course. Take the Cowboys for example past season. Once Tony Romo went down early, Dallas turned to Brandon Weedon and also made a trade for Matt Cassel. Neither were able to even come close to duplicating what Romo was able to do. And that isn’t to say that Glennon could put up the exact same numbers as Jameis Winston, if the organization thought he could, they would have never drafted Winston in the first place. However, I think most fans, particularly Bucs fans, would take Glennon over Weedon and Cassel.

Question 3.    The Bucs need a return specialist. Do you see them addressing this in the draft or is their a current solution I’m unaware of?

Answer: I don’t know exactly how the team will address the situation, but I agree this team needs a player that could potentially flip the field with a great return, or even better, score a touchdown. Tampa Bay tried last season with Kaelin Clay, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them attempt to find one in the draft this year as well. But with the rule change on kickoffs, a majority of kickoffs result in touchbacks and the days of using a roster spot solely for a return specialist are pretty much over. Most teams want their return guy to contribute in ways other than just returning kicks. One wild card that may end up being the solution is wide receiver Kenny Bell, who told Scott Reynolds recently he wants the return job this season. That would probably be the ideal situation for the Bucs – a returner who also is in the receiver rotation.

Question 4. What do you believe will be the biggest change in the Bucs defense under Mike Smith in 2016?

Answer: Without any minicamps or OTAs it is hard to really get a grasp on what they will do, but I do believe it will be more of an aggressive and attacking style, and one that will give offenses multiple looks including some 3-4 looks at times. I don’t believe the team is equipped personnel wise to run a 3-4 a lot this season, but look for the Bucs to try and change things up occasionally.

Question 5:    if the BUCS do pick Shelson Rankins at 9 does that move him to 3 technique and McCoy plays the other DT position?

Answer: No I wouldn’t say so. The team would most likely use him next to McCoy and look for matchup weaknesses on opposing offensive lines to exploit. You could see McCoy playing the three or even one, depending on who the team is. I think Smith will try and get his best four pass rushers on the field, regardless of position. You could see Rankins and McCoy flipping on every play from time to time. Again, I think Smith’s defense will look to find matchup issues and highlight certain players and positions as opposed to playing a vanilla scheme the entire game for the most part. But again, once we get into the offseason workouts, we will get a better idea.

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About the Author: 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, the beach and family time.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 mark@pewterreport.com
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drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

The Bucs still have a lot of unused cap money to spend and they can’t use it all of their draft picks, it’s not possible.
The team could still use another CB, LB, Safety and OT to fill out the roster and depth with.
Lets get moving.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

SCUBOG, thought you would like to know, I caved in today like a catholic girl on her first date and renewed my season ticket.
I feel so abused, used and cheap.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

As JonnyG would say, “hysterical!” I had no doubt that you would do as I have for 40 plus years and write the check hoping that “this will be the year.” I’m sure the Glazer boys feel the same way when writing these checks to Free Agents. Glad you are back in the fold.

That feeling you have of feeling so “abused, used and cheap” is the same feeling I get every April 15th.

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

drdneast-I can’t believe you renewed! With the price hike and the glazer boys coddling your cash? Plus the Bucs haven’t signed Jenkins! Whats going on?? I thought you were a person of principal! LOL.

Ronald
Ronald
5 years ago

I think the front office is showing Lansana and his agent what he is worth on the open market. I think that they will sign him for a year’s extension and pay very little.I think that Lansana will be on the team next year.

revfish
revfish
5 years ago

MC/SR, In your first two mock draft you all predicted Spence to be #9. I know he didn’t interview well and it changed and has changed again. You all go by what you think not what you hope when you report, but with the “added flexibility” in the draft now for the Bucs, was that a reach out of need by the Bucs which is no longer needed OR have things just changed that much in player evaluations?

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Too bad the mail bag couldn’t be fuller. Most of these questions have already been discussed among the poster who read your Articles. Evidently some of your Twitter Fans don’t read Pewter Report Articles. This Monday Mailbag lacks depth to say it kindly! I’m done with it.

drdneast
drdneast