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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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]

18 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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?

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  5. 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.

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  6. Well, if they do sign Danny again, lets hope you learn how to spell his name right by then, Ronald. His last name ends with an “h.”
    You could be right though.

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  7. Horse, not only does it lack depth, it doesn’t know what day of the week it is. Pretty sure the 15th was on a Tuesday this week.

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  8. Not a fan of the mailbag either. To few questions in it. Not everyone uses twitter either.

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    • Twitter and Face Book are dying breeds – too much garbage – no substantiated facts. Pick your medium more carefully.

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  9. Thanks SCUBOG and as far as principals BucWildo2, I haven’t had one since junior high school.
    As far as April 15th is concerned, not in complete agreement. I like to travel on Interstates when people aren’t rubber necking over a guy fixing a flat tire.
    Also like the fact the FDA keeps a check on and makes companies test new drug they are going to introduce.
    Same with agricultural inspectors who do their job so I don’t eat tainted meat or vegetables.
    Really glad we have the EPA so companies aren’t allowed to pump poisons into our rivers, streams or groundwater which they used to do often in the past.
    Also glad we have prisons to put away slick thieves and con artists, bank presidents and financial analysts who cheat people out of their money so they can live a life unbeknownst to the many they steal from.
    Just wish they would send more of those people there.
    I also am glad we have the strongest most well equipped military in the world. Just in case some third world military dictator invades a far off country so we can send the children of patriotic parents to do battle while the privileged people’s sons who voted for the war can stay home and eat Snickers bars.
    I could go on and on but I think you get my drift.
    Everybody hates the government because they forget, or just try to ignore how much good ours really does.
    Go Bucs.

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  10. Most people who complain about the Government have a different opinion when they need something from it which is more often than not.

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  11. LOL. Hear that, Horse.

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  12. Ahhh! Everybody is in love again. What a wonderful world! It’s morning in America! A beautiful day in the neighborhood! I’m so moved I dedicate this ditty to my friends scubog and drdneast. And who knows Horse? Before it’s over, there may be peace in the middle east! lol.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMUGJZrR9Jg

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  13. Yes Macabee, in a post earlier in the week I actually offered to buy Scubog a coke at the stadium but I don’t know if he saw the olive branch.
    Loved your little segment you sent me to. Hilarious.

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    • Yes, I saw your post and accept your offer. I’d like to specify a Diet Cole with lots of ice.

      What a wonderful list of things the government does for us with our money for which I have no objection. I guess I think like John Kennedy in his famous “Ask Not What the Government Can Do For You”speech. I won’t list the things that the government does that I find objectionable but it can be summarized in two words, “income redistribution”.

      Can we all just stick to to football.

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      • Yes, I agree.

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