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.
@kennethryork 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. Mr. Parra
@CaliBuccaneer 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.
@MikeGangi 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.
@Criticfromcouch 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.
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.