PewterReport.com began a new offseason feature recently, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered by the PR staff. Today, Scott Reynolds 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. Pickett971 asks, Do you see any other scenerio besides a QB needy team for the opportunity for the Bucs to trade down in the draft?

Answer: That is obviously the most likely scenario. There are still rumblings that the Jets are interested in Mike Glennon, but nothing substantial that we have heard. I wouldn’t rule out Cleveland or Denver either, although with Robert Griffin III now in Cleveland, and with the Browns to likely draft a quarterback, the Glennon to the Browns scenario is less likely. And of course if the Colin Kaepernick trade to the Broncos is ever done, you can scratch Denver off the list of potential trade partners. I still believe if the Bucs get a second round offer on draft day they would go ahead and make the deal, and of course a first rounder for Glennon wouldn’t even be a question if they make a deal. In a perfect world the Bucs would sign Glennon to another four-year deal and feel they are set at quarterback for years to come but knowing Mike, he wants to be a starter somewhere, or at least be given an opportunity to do so. And the Bucs understand that and know the likelihood of him agreeing to stay on as Jameis Winston’s backup isn’t going to happen most likely.

Question 2. Blake Emerton asks, I like the idea of Rankins at 9, but is he too light to play next to McCoy at 299lbs, or will his leverage help at 6’1″?

Answer: Well 299 is a little light to play the one-technique as a four-down player goes but most likely, if he happens to be the selection, the Bucs would have him spelling McCoy at times while also lining up next to him on obvious passing downs. Would he be an effective run stopper from the nose tackle position? That is up for debate, and while most likely he could add some weight, I believe teams look at him as an interior pass rusher who has a great get off as opposed as trying to make him a nose tackle. Adding weight could change that, and he most likely loses his most effective trait, and that is speed and an outstanding quick first step.

Question 3. The Real Lajoie asks, what do you think about drafting Myles Jack if he is still on the board at 9? Can play him like Kam Chancellor style saftey?

Answer: It definitely would cause the Bucs to pause for a second if he is still there. I understand why it might not happen, but I certainly think Myles Jack could be the second best defensive player in the draft behind Jalen Ramsey. He actually could turn out to be even better. On the surface it appears he would be relegated to the Sam backer position with Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander already established as starters, but at No. 9 you have to almost always draft best player available. And while having another great linebacker may not seem like a pressing need at this moment, who says it isn’t by the time the regular season gets here? I hope everyone stays healthy, and hope Alexander’s PED issue was a simple mistake, but imagine if Jacks was on this team late last season when the Bucs were 6-6 before Alexander’s suspension. Maybe the Bucs go 9-7. Maybe they sneak into the playoffs. I guess a lot will depend on where the Bucs have him ranked on their big board. If he is a Top 5 talent in their opinion, and he is available at No. 9, then I believe they could take him, unless there is another player they have ranked very, very close.

Question 4. Ren Daxt asks, Jamis Winston made a commitment to get in better shape. Could you see any progress?

Answer: I have spent a couple occasions with him this offseason away from One Buc and he certainly looks to be in much better physical shape. And on Monday at the podium at One Buc he looked slimmer than at any point last season, or even his last season at Florida State. He admitted that when he went to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, he decided he wanted to get his body in much better shape after seeing guys like Russell Wilson. I like the idea of him trimming down somewhat, but really don’t want to see him do a drastic Josh Freeman-type change. I think his bulk makes him a little more difficult to take down, and we saw him escape from hits last season that a lot of quarterbacks wouldn’t have been able to shake off. Of course the flip side, and a positive of dropping 10 pounds, is more mobility. Winston joked on Monday that he likes to eat, but also knows being in better shape should help him during the season. If he replaces some of his baby fat with muscle, then I think it is a good thing, and it appears that is what he is in the process of doing.

Question 5. What is the excitement level from players you talked to so far this offseason?

Answer: That is a question I get often. Not just from Twitter, but from family members at reunions or even cashiers at the grocery store. Every year people want to know, and honestly I can’t remember a year in the last six, where there wasn’t an excitement level of some sort. It’s a brand new year, every team in 0-0 in April and players and members of the organization say to themselves, “Why not us?” But I really feel I am sensing a little different attitude this year. From Gerald McCoy’s snpachats of him working out daily, to texting with a few players who can’t wait to get started, it certainly has a little different feel to it this offseason. I think the coaching change has ramped up intensity somewhat, but the fact that the offensive staff returns almost completely intact, the production of  the offense last year, and the fact that this team was in the thick of the playoff race in late November, has players and fans sensing this organization is on the verge of a 1996-97 type turnaround.

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]ewterreport.com
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BucWild02

Hey Mark,
What is the inside scoop on the excitement level from the players after their first work out of the new season under Coach Koetter? Related follow up question: Will Jason Licht and the Bucs draft players that “love football” this year? Thanks!

Signed,
Mr. Obvious

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BucWild02

Lol. In all seriousness, you and the rest of the crew at PR do a really good job of getting the inside scoop and I just couldn’t resist making an attempt at humor with the last mailbag question. It must be challenging answering the same question everywhere you go. Now you can just direct the people that ask to the website and twitter for an in depth answer to the question they so desperately must know!

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seat26

Something has really changed in the management of this team. We are not use to having the kind of draft we had last year. To get 4 starters out of one draft, and for all of them to excel is just so unusual for this organization. Drafts like that don’t happen by luck. They happen by good scouting ( another thing we have rarely had) and good management of the draft board. If Bell turns out to be a decent receiver, this would arguably be the best draft this team has ever had. If we can have a couple more… Read more »

BucWild02

seat26-I love the Bucs too. I just remember reading how excited the Bucs players were in Raheem Morris’s first year. And then how excited some were in Schiano’s first year. And then Lovie’s first year. Now it’s Koetter’s first year. It’s a loaded question. Hopefully Koetter can match Morris’s “Youngry” bunch and get to 10 wins like Raheem did. Or better yet, maybe he could match Jon Gruden’s first year and win it all! That would get us all really excited! And before we annoint the last draft as the best Bucs draft in history, we should probably get a… Read more »

scubog

We have a 40 year sample size. So far 2015 looks like it could be one of the best of what has been a sad draft history, especially during the years we kept trading away our picks for the likes of Chris Chandler and Jack Thompson. (see how teams overpay for mediocre QB’s drdneast)Tough to top 1995 with Sapp and Brooks. I remember Mel Kiper graded it a “C”.

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seat26

I remember we traded back up into the 1st round with the cowboys and snatched Derrick Brooks and Jerry Jones was quoted as saying ” There is no one left worth a first round pick” He passed on what would be one of the best outside backers in football.

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seat26

Well obviously crowning Evans and Winston as perennial pro bowlers might be a little early. But from where I am standing, Alexander, Winston, Evans, Smith and Marpet are going to be super stars. We cleaned up. And if you look at every single top Offense, it starts with what I call the Trifecta. A great QB, a great Receiver, and a great running back. We have that. And if they stay healthy and we don’t lose any of them in free agency, we will have a fantastic offense for a decade. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet.… Read more »

georgehicks

Well last year getting 4 starters was great.The last 6 months I been giving my opions about what to do. I believe thats look at the overall sistutations. I believe that trading down with LA could be a possibility. Here is why. Tampa needs to get a CB. at #9 is too high unless you get Jalen Ramsley. Here is what I would do. At #15 go after the best CB available at #15. Instead of getting a 2nd rd. Lets get LA #3 rd pick and La future #4 Rd or 2016 no#4. That would bring more value in… Read more »

inspecto

ok so I put down my diner to say Bring It On. That should be the new mantra for this year like Gruden had pound the rock!!!!

BRING IT ON !!! Go Bucs!

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Horse

PewterReportMark, are you really serious about Glennon being worth more than a 3rd Rounder? What team in their right mind would offer a 3rd rounder or above for a QB who has shown he is average at the very best and is an unrestricted Free Agent in 2017? I would use Gleenon to move back up in the 1st round from our 2nd round spot to say 29-31 spot.

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cgmaster27

In his defense Horse, you have to A. Take account of the QB market at the moment, which isn’t very good. and B. You should also take into the account that Glennon does have a 2-1 TD to INT ratio for his career and has done so with a different offensive scheme every single year he’s played. While I realize he is limited in athletic ability, the dude is a statue no doubt, and he doesn’t take risks a whole lot, he’s way better than the QB draft prospects this year with a couple years experience. He’s absolutely worth a… Read more »

jshumaker

Horse, IMO cgmaster answered your question perfectly. Before the free agent period began, trading Glennon for a decent pick was probably not a thought for any of PR’s members. But after the Osweiller absurd contract and Fitzpatrick’s absurd contract demands, Glennon looks like a legit 2nd round pick trade. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Jets, Broncos and Cowboys not only need another QB on their roster but they need a cheap QB. Glennon’s contract is another big plus in his trade value

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seat26

Yeah, I agree. Because there are only a couple of QB’s worth taking in 1st round, Glennon’s worth could be more. He is worth more than a 2nd. I think two 2nd’s would be good. maybe one this year and one next year.

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grafikdetail

good point! Pickett971 didn’t even ask about trading Glennon he asked if a QB needy team would be willing to trade up to the #9 spot to get a QB

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jme0151

Well Horse, I agree with you. Just because it’s not a great QB draft class doesn’t make Glennon a better QB in the eyes of NFL scouts. They have seen his limitations. If we got a 3rd the Buc’s would jump on it.

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drdneast

cgmaster, I’m not part of the Glennon nob, but he looked average on a team that had two offensive coordinators who can’t find jobs now in the NFL. Because of this, the offensive lines were porous to say the least. The only thing I could fault on Glennon was he didn’t have a commanding field presence but more seasoning and playing might correct that weakness. The young man has skill and as Scubog pointed out, we traded Craig Erickson away for a No.1 to the Colts one year because they felt they lacked a QB. Teams know this is a… Read more »

scubog

Gee, drdneast, you finally got the point I was making about teams often over compensating for a QB who hasn’t done much….like Craig Erickson, who lasted one year after Richie bamboozled the Colts. Our giving up a #2 for Steve Spurrier, a #1 for Jack Thompson, another #1 for Chris Chandler, I think a #2 for Steve DeBerg are great examples right here in our own archives.

Still not about Dilfer, who had a career far superior to, and much longer than that of Mr. Erickson.

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drdneast

Sorry cgmaster, that last post was intended for Horse.

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fredster

Glennon is worth what market dictates. In most Bucs fans eyes (mine included) that isn’t a second rounder, but it very well could happen. Supply and demand. You have team on verge of Super Bowl just missing an Oswieler average joe QB, it would make sense to take a guy with experience instead of drafting a potential project.

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grafikdetail

per ESPN: the Buccaneers would be foolish to give up Glennon for anything less than a second-round pick. If Glennon lands $7 million or more per year as a free agent next offseason, the Bucs could get a third- or fourth-round compensatory pick.

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seat26

We end up trading away good talent for next to nothing time and time again. And we end up paying way too much for talent that is past its prime or not even evident. I was a fan when we took Keith McCants. We love to buy the hype. All we need is a good article about Glennon to appear in Sports Illustrated, and someone will be willing to pay us. Just pray he doesn’t become the next Superbowl champ. ( Steve Young)

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Xpfcwintergreen

Seat26, I just wanted second everything you said in your comments at 6:02 pm yesterday. –
I hope that last year’s draft was not some kind of fluke. There is no doubt that the Dungy/McKay era was the best for having built a contending team in Buccaneer history. Here’s hoping that the current regime can avoid the worst mistakes others have made in the past.

I am ever optimistic and yes, I think the excitement this year has a little more substance to support it.

Go Bucs!

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