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Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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    russmillerwy

    I can’t find fault with Martin, but I can see how Sims is an upgrade as a receiver and probably as a pass blocker. I’d hate to see the Bucs trade away another good running back as a scapegoat for an OC who was in over his head and an OL coach who can’t resist playing his old cronies from Cleveland, Cousins and Gilkey. The Bucs make it painfully obvious when they’re going to run, prompting defenses to overload the line and clog up any potential holes. Rainey, because of his higher ypc, has been given a free pass for his fumbling, but he’s still a fumbler who caused the Bucs to lose 2 games. Blount was always run down for his potential to possibly fumble, but Rainey actually DOES fumble, a lot. I’d keep the same 4 running backs this year, all with proven talent and still on relatively cheap rookie contracts, and spend, spend, spend to get a quality OC and some draftees or free agents who resemble Carl Nicks. This OL is the worst in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. No RB or QB can succeed with it.

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      Morgan

      Perfectly good RB crew – no need to waste anymore draft picks on them when the team has more pressing needs (OL, DL, TE, LB) – as well as an offensive scheme. Until these things are fixed, but RB on the back burner. Disappointed that someone who follows the Bucs for a living would conclude we need to fix the RBs on the squad.

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        Morgan

        oh yeah – it’s a given that QB is the most pressing need.

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    KINDERRT

    There are a few RB’s that could help this team but without a OL we could have AP and he would suck. Are we collecting RB’s? We need to get a OC and a OL coach that know what they are doing. It’s very hard to judge a RB when there is eight men in the box and a QB that no one is in fear of. In today’s NFL we should have gotten a offensive minded HC. Most of this article is on RB’S. IMHO we just drafted a RB, no need to draft another. This I do know, we need a QB before this team can compete.

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    msmeyer

    We HAVE running backs, we NEED O-line!

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    Horse

    I can’t see going for a RB in early rounds with clearly other needs, unless it’s a steel at that round, and he can be an immediate impact player. Go Bucs!

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    macabee

    we could use a big RB (no more smurfs)and there are some good ones in 2015, unfortunately we have so many other pressing needs that a RB now would be a luxury that we cannot afford.

    We have talented RBs and with an OC and a competent O-Line they will be a lot better. In fact everybody gets better with a top notch O-Line.

    Our RB stable is good enough with FB Javorskie Lane returning and having added Evan Rodriquez who was a pretty good FB coming out of College, we should be good to go on that front.

    OC, QB, O-line……never lose focus!

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    pinkstob

    Fab 1: I’m glad to see our starting wideout’s have such success. That was the way it was supposed to happen on paper and it actually materialized. With the Bucs things never go they way they should on paper so I’m very excited to see it.

    Fab 2: I would say the O-line and QB positions need major overhaul’s. The RB position just needs an upgrade. Sims is our future 3rd down back (and hopefully 2-minute drill back). Rainey should be the backup RB and a special teamer. I still think Martin can function as a lead RB with better upfront blocking, but that’s where the “upgrade” part comes in. Martin can definitely be upgraded since he can’t create on his own.

    Fab 3: I’ve been looking closely at some of these RB’s and this is how I would rank them:
    1)Tevin Coleman
    2)Mike Davis
    3)T.Y. Yeldon/Todd Gurley
    4)Ameer Abdullah
    5)Jeremy Langford

    I didn’t care for Gurley even before he was injured. His best trait is he has fantastic balance and good vision, but his power and speed are overrated and won’t translate to the NFL well. I also really hate his body type and high running style. I had the same bad feelings about D. McFadden and T. Richardson, but for different reasons. The other RB’s that were discussed in Fab 3 I haven’t looked at yet so I’ll try and check them out.

    Fab 4: I never heard of him either so again I’ll have to take a look.

    Fab 5: Great info all around!

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    stlbucsfan

    Not sure why the focus is on RBs, although not great we could win alot of games with the RBs we have on the roster with improved blocking. A big back or better back are luxuries this team cant afford especially as high as the 2nd round. How about we focus on creating holes and not the RBs who cant fit through the slithers this pathetic OLine creates. Give me a break! Id rather see an article on potential OCs and sleeper lineman both defensive and offensive. Hopefully this is smoke to through us off the real draft focus.

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    BuccanAy

    Really….are you seriously suggesting we spend a pick on a RB? Are you saying dump Martin and keep Sims? Sims hasnt done ANYTHING, NOTHING. We WASTED a 3rd round pick on a RB, and youre saying we should do it again? You need to try covering a winning team, and take a step back from the Bucs…it appears. Drafting a RB before 6th round is LUDICROUS.!!!~!

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    DrT1066

    Scott
    Quit dogging Dougie!
    He has been hurt.
    You mention DeMarco Murray.. He runs behind FOUR first round OL draft picks. Bet Doug Martin would get excellent numbers behind them too.
    Murray’s defenders have to worry about Tony Romo’s passes and not just key on the run. I am sure they would be terrified by Josh McCown!

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    scubog

    Yet another piece criticizing Doug Martin and attempting to convince the fans that Bobby Rainy is a great back who is the victim of an incompetent staff refusing to utilize his vast talent. As I recall, #43 was on the street after two other incompetent staffs failed to see his worth. I’m not saying # 22 isn’t due some blame for the weak running game. But from my perch on the 35 yard line, when the back is tackled as soon as he touches the ball the “flying fickle finger of fate” needs to be pointed elsewhere. KINDERRT got it right. Teams have no fear of our QB’s and know our offensive line is a pathetic mess so they simply crowd the LOS.

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    surferdudes

    If Lovie follows Dungy’s example we’ll be fine. Tony never had strong Q.B. play, or a good O.C. during his time here. His success came with Tom Moore, and oh yeah Peyton friggin Manning!!

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    surferdudes

    So first order of business is getting that vet O.C., one who’s had success with young draft picks at Q.B., and finally building something that will last awhile.

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    Horse

    Focus should be on QB, OT, Center, OG, legit back up QB then anything else. I’m turned off by free agency. I think we should do like most other successful teams do; go for the cheap and maybe 1 out of 10 becomes a steal. Martin might still have value with a good OL. I have changed my thought on him too and think we should keep him. Bowers, Johnson, Collins, Mccown, Gilkey, Goldston; bye nice knowing you

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    matador

    OL OL OL OL OL OL. We already spent a pick we didn’t have to waste on a RB last year.

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    zendusty

    Problem = worst o-line in the NFL.
    Scott Smith’s solution = draft RB & QB.
    Hmmm…let me think about it…
    Scott you are over thinking it dude.

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    diablo5597

    A mediocre running back behind a good o-line will be great. A great running back behind a lousy o-line will be terrible. We don’t need new running backs.

    My prediction Jamis the rapist Winston will not go in the first round. Besides the rape there’s shoplifting, signing a thousand autographs and other many issues. To draft him, you have to be willing to throw away your pick. The bucs can not afford that!!!

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