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Legendary sports columnist Gary Shelton returns to PewterReport.com for his second season of providing post-game commentary on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers like no one else can. No one has won more sports writing awards than Shelton, who has covered Tampa Bay area sports for decades with his unique brand of humor and insight. Bucs fans can Shelton daily on GarySheltonSports.com and follow him on Twitter at @Gary_Shelton

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    I like the comparison to the Christmas gift that you just can’t afford. Mike Evans has got to be ecstatic because that just shut down nearly every double team

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    You said it all Gary. I think most of us all think about the same way you just described. Go Bucs!

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    I could easily see Howard being offensive rookie of the year. No offensive player was as highly ranked and slid all the way to a team that is being picked by many to reach the playoffs

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    Gary, i enjoy reading your columns on the Bucs. It brings back good memories of my younger days in Tampa.
    I still can’t believe he fell into the Bucs lap. Remember at the end of the movie, “Animal House”. During the parade, there was a scene of a kid sitting on his bed. Then a Playboy playmate comes into his room through the window. He looks up and says “Thank you God”.

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    Nice read Gary. I agree wholeheartedly with your statement “if the team finds a running back”. Rodgers, Barber, Hansbrough, Sims, what’s left of Martin…that won’t do. All the passing weapons in the world will start to look slim if we become very pass-heavy behind an Oline that struggles in pass protection. We need to find a RB in the next couple of picks (heck if we can trade up in round 2 for a kicker, surely we can do it for a RB).

    FIND US A RB!!!

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    I agree with this article 100% There are some out there that are upset we didn’t pick Cook. While RB seems like a bigger need on paper, this pick opens up just about everything for us. Not to mention the fact that Cook wasn’t taken at all in the 1st round, which means the rest of the league agreed he wasn’t worth a 1st round pick.

    Howard will open up so much in the passing game. There’s no way to cover Evans, Jackson, Brate, and Howard all at once. He’s also a good blocker, that paired with the fear of the passing game will automatically open up the running game.

    People that are worried about what we have on the roster are overlooking the fact that Rodgers didn’t do all that bad last year. Injuries decimated the RB position and we still finished with out best record in a while.

    Day 2 there are still many quality RBs available. Cook, Mixon, Kamara, Hunt, Foreman, the list goes on. No point burning our draft stock to trade up for a RB with so many quality options. I’m sure we will address RB in round 2 or 3 and the offense will be good to go.

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    Just a hunch, but It seems the Bucs stayed away from Dalvin Cook to protect the investment they have in Jameis. They don’t want any guys that make bad decisions around their Franchise Quarterback. Even if Cook is available at pick 50 don’t think the Bucs would pick him. That goes for any other offensive players with off field problems ie RB MIxon.

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