SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, Pewter Report publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place:
FAB 1. FORMER BUCS DRAFT PICKS FOSTER, CLAYBORN NOT EXPECTED BACK IN 2015
Coming off a disappointing 2-14 campaign in 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have plenty of needs to address during the offseason. At the top of the list is quarterback, as neither free agent import Josh McCown nor Mike Glennon, a third-round pick in 2013, proved to the answer.
The Bucs are expected to select either Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota or Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. PewterReport.com has Winston going to the Bucs in the first round of its initial 2015 mock draft.
Tampa Bay also needs a starting offensive tackle to replace Anthony Collins, who will be cut this offseason, and play opposite Demar Dotson, who is capable of playing left or right tackle. Tampa Bay also needs a starting guard to unseat first-year starter Patrick Omameh and play opposite Logan Mankins.
On the defensive side of the ball, Tampa Bay will need a new starting nickel back, a new starting safety to replace Dashon Goldson, who is expected to be released this offseason, and likely more bodies at the defensive end position as the team is contemplating taking a cap hit and releasing Michael Johnson.
Another starting defensive end, Adrian Clayborn, is not expected to be re-signed this year, in addition to middle linebacker Mason Foster, who is also expected to be let go in free agency. So add two more positions that will need to find new starters in 2015.
New Bucs Starters Needed In 2015
QB – replacing Josh McCown
OT – replacing Anthony Collins
G – replacing Patrick Omameh
LDE – replacing Adrian Clayborn
RDE – replacing Michael Johnson
MLB – replacing Mason Foster
NCB – replacing Leonard Johnson
FS – replacing Dashon Goldson
Clayborn, Tampa Bay’s first-round pick in 2011, has missed virtually all of two of the last three seasons due to injury. After a solid rookie season when he notched a career-high 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, Clayborn missed 13 games the next season due to a torn ACL in 2012, but rebounded in 2013 with a career-high 64 tackles with 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. But entering his contract year, Clayborn tore his biceps in the 2014 season opener and wound up on injured reserve again.
The Bucs did not pick up Clayborn’s fifth-year option prior to last year, and he will hit free agency with just 109 career tackles, 13 sacks and five forced fumbles with four years under his belt. Tampa Bay wants a faster, quicker edge rusher in the vein of Jacquies Smith, who recorded 6.5 sacks, which ranked second on the team, in his first year in the NFL.
Clayborn is a physical, try-hard defensive end, but is not the quick-twitch athlete the Bucs are looking for in the Tampa 2 scheme. The fact that he didn’t get a chance to play in more than one game for the Buccaneers this year didn’t give the team the best chance to evaluate Clayborn, and the fact that he has only been healthy for one out of the past three seasons concerns the team.
Foster’s first year in the Lovie Smith-Jason Licht regime was limited to just 10 games with 62 tackles and no takeaways as Tampa Bay’s third-round pick in 2011 suffered a dislocated shoulder and later a strained Achilles. Foster recorded 343 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his four years with the Buccaneers, but Tampa Bay is looking for a faster athlete with in the middle of the defense with better coverage ability and the range to go sideline-to-sideline and make plays.
With Danny Lansanah making a lot of plays last year, the Bucs have their strongside linebacker, so Foster isn’t really a fit there, either. Foster’s best season came in 2013 when he posted 92 tackles, three interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, and two sacks, and that’s the film his agent will have to use to help him find a new team in free agency.
While Tampa Bay’s offensive line needs two starters, and the second round seems like an ideal spot to grab one, the Bucs defense is also in need of starters, and the middle linebacker and defensive end positions aren’t particularly deep this year with the type of athletes the Bucs are looking for. Finding a consistent edge rusher and a quarterback for the defense are just as vital as finding a starting guard and tackle, so expect the Bucs to give early consideration to the defensive side of the ball after drafting a quarterback in the first round.
Two defensive ends that do fit into the mold of what the Bucs are looking for are Utah defensive end Nate Orchard and Missouri defensive end Markus Golden. Both had a great week at the Senior Bowl and have drawn some interest from Tampa Bay.
After having just 6.5 sacks prior to 2014, Orchard had 18.5 sacks last year, which ranked second in the FBS, in addition to 21 tackles for loss, 84 tackles, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. In his four years at Utah, Orchard has notched 186 tackles, 25 sacks, 38.5 tackles for loss, 10 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries.
Orchard headed to the Senior Bowl as a third- or fourth-round pick, but has likely elevated his stock up to the second round because he’s been virtually unblockable in Mobile, Ala. – and he showed great awareness in Thursday’s practice by intercepting a pass. The same could be said for Golden, who has also helped himself at the Senior Bowl, although 40-yard dash times at both players’ pro days and the NFL Scouting Combine will also play a role in determining which round they will ultimately be slated for.
Despite not being a starter until 2014 and biding his time behind Kony Ealy and Michael Sam, Golden recorded 6.5 sacks, an interception returned 70 yards for a touchdown, a forced fumble, 13 tackles for loss and 55 tackles in 2013 as a reserve pass rusher. In his first season as a starter for the Tigers, Golden had 10 sacks, 78 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and one fumble return for a touchdown against Florida.
While Orchard and Golden could be considered fringe second-rounders at this point, UCLA middle linebacker Eric Kendricks is a bona fide second-round pick – and he could carry a first-round grade on some teams’ draft boards. The 6-foot, 230-pound Kendricks won the 2014 Butkus Award and the Lott Trophy, as he became the Bruins’ all-time leading tackler with 481 tackles. The first-team All-American led the FBS with 101 solo tackles and was in the top 10 nationally with 149 stops in 2014, in addition to 11.5 tackles.
As a senior, Kendricks also had four sacks, three interceptions, including one against Virginia in the season opener, and a forced fumble. Kendricks ended his Bruins career in style in a win against Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl, recording 10 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks, which were a career high.
Kendricks’ teammate at UCLA, safety Anthony Jefferson, spoke glowingly about the player regarded as the best linebacker in college football this week at the Senior Bowl.
“He’s one of those guys that inspires you by the way he plays football,” Jefferson said. “He would never come off the field. He could have a broken arm and I don’t think he would leave the game. He’s a tremendous athlete and a tremendous person, and guys definitely looked up to him.
“He’s an outstanding player. Any team that picks him is going to have a phenomenal linebacker. He’s a sideline-to-sideline player. Size doesn’t really matter when you are as fast as he is.”
Whether it’s a pass rusher like Orchard or Golden, or a middle linebacker like Kendricks, don’t be surprised if the Buccaneers buck conventional wisdom and draft defense in the second round instead of filling a hole on the offensive line, which is what most expect Tampa Bay to do with its second pick. Of course what the Bucs are able to accomplish in free agency will play a huge role in dictating which direction Tampa Bay heads in the draft, but don’t be surprised if it’s defense in the second round.
FAB 2. DEEP DRAFT FOR OFFENSIVE LINEMEN BENEFITS BUCCANEERS
The biggest weakness in Tampa Bay last year was the offensive line, which largely failed in pass protection, evidenced by surrendering 52 sacks and only producing 85.9 yards per game on the ground, which ranked 29th in the NFL. The team has decided that Demar Dotson is a keeper at left or right tackle, and that guard Logan Mankins will thrive in 2015 with a better left tackle next to him – be it Dotson or someone other than Anthony Collins.
Mankins is thought of as a starter moving forward in 2015, as is free agent import Evan Dietrich-Smith, who played decent, but not great last year. The team views Dietrich-Smith is a player with some upside to his game and feels that he can play better than he did in 2014.
With those three pieces in place, the Bucs will need to find a starting right guard and an offensive tackle – either left or right because Dotson can play on both sides. With conventional wisdom suggesting that Tampa Bay will draft a quarterback with the first overall pick, likely Florida State’s Jameis Winston because he is regarded as the best prospect, the Bucs could find those two starting linemen in rounds 2-7 provided they don’t address those needs in free agency.
There were several interesting offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl that could help the Buccaneers, in addition to others, including some underclassmen, that didn’t take part in the game. With a pretty deep draft at both offensive tackle and guard, there is a chance Tampa Bay can find some starting-caliber linemen in the middle and late rounds, too.
Iowa’s Brandon Scherff, Stanford’s Andrus Peat, LSU’s La’el Collins and Miami’s Ereck Flowers are expected to be first-round tackles. Pittsburgh’s T.J. Clemmings was thought to be in that class, but his stock has plummeted due to a poor showing at the Senior Bowl where he was manhandled by Utah defensive end Nate Orchard all week.
In the second round, Florida State’s versatile Cameron Erving would be a great fit, especially if the Buccaneers draft Winston, who was Erving’s teammate. Ty Sambrailo is a player capable of playing either tackle or guard positions, and has some versatility. He’ll need to hit the weight room in the NFL, but is tough enough and athletic enough to go in the second round. He intrigues the Bucs.
Utah’s Jeremiah Poutasi and Texas A&M’s Cedric Ogbuehi are considered to be third-round options, and Penn State junior Donovan Smith, who played in the Senior Bowl, is capable of playing either left or right tackle. He’s a big, physical tackle with good feet and is a great finisher. He’s the one player that really stood out to me that I have to go back and do more film work on. Smith is slated to be a fourth-round pick.
Oklahoma left tackle Tyrus Thompson is a developmental tackle that held his own against Baylor’s Shawn Oakman this year, and is an option in the sixth round.
At the guard position, no prospect carries a first-round grade. South Carolina’s A.J. Cann is believed to be the top-rated guard and is viewed as a second-round pick. Florida State’s Tre Jackson is a beast of a man at 6-foot-4, 323 pounds and really helped himself at the Senior Bowl. He solidified his second-round ground in Mobile, Ala.
The Bucs aren’t high on Alabama’s Arie Kouandijo, or Florida State’s Josue Matias, but Louisville’s John Miller or Duke’s Laken Tomlinson could be options in the third round. I love Arizona State’s Jamil Douglas and he performed well enough at the Senior Bowl to be considered in the third or fourth round.
Hobart’s scrappy Ali Marpet proved he could play at the Senior Bowl and is a fifth-round option, while Miami’s Jon Feliciano is a possibility in the seventh round.
A quick look at the depth chart for the final four playoff teams shows that effective offensive lines don’t necessarily have to built from first- and second-round picks, although that’s the path that Seattle has chosen, and to a degree, Indianapolis. New England’s line is comprised of players acquired from all parts of the draft, while Green Bay’s line is made up of mostly middle-round selections.
Seattle’s Offensive Line
LT Russell Okung – first round
LG James Carpenter – first round
C Max Unger – second round
RG J.R. Sweezy – seventh round
RT Justin Britt – second round
New England’s Offensive Line
LT Nate Solder – first round
LG Dan Connolly – undrafted free agent
C Bryan Stork – fourth round
RG Ryan Wendell – undrafted free agent
RT Sebastian Vollmer – second round
Indianapolis’ Offensive Line
LT Anthony Castonzo – first round
LG Jack Mewhort – second round
C Khaled Holmes – fourth round
RG Donald Thomas – sixth round
RT Godsder Cherilus – first round
Green Bay’s Offensive Line
LT David Bakhtiari – fourth round
LG Josh Sitton – fourth round
C Corey Linsley – fifth round
RG T.J. Lang – fourth round
RT Bryan Bulaga – first round
The Bucs have two undrafted free agents in Dotson and Dietrich-Smith, and a former first-rounder in Mankins. While a second-rounder like Erving, Sambrailo or Jackson would help, drafting another lineman or two in the fourth and fifth rounds, such as Douglas and Thompson, would allow the Bucs to get a starting-caliber blocker in the middle rounds while using the second- and third-round picks to address the defense or get a skilled receiver-return specialist.
FAB 3. BUCS FALL FOR SMALL RECEIVERS AT SENIOR BOWL IN A BIG WAY
Finding a big, towering wide receiver used to be the trend in the NFL, evidenced by the great play of Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, Atlanta’s Julio Jones, Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Denver’s Demaryius Thomas – all of whom are 6-foot-3 or taller. That trend is still valid to a degree, evidenced by Tampa Bay’s selection of wide receiver Mike Evans, who is 6-foot-5 and weighs 230 pounds, in last year’s draft.
But the success of smaller receivers, such as Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown lately, and Baltimore’s Steve Smith, Washington’s DeSean Jackson and New England’s Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman over the years, has opened the door for smaller receivers entering the NFL. Three small receivers that stood tall at the Senior Bowl were Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett, who is 5-foot-9.5 and 181 pounds, Duke’s Jamison Crowder, who is 5-foot-8, 174 pounds, and East Carolina’s Justin Hardy, who is 5-foot-10, 190 pounds.
Lockett was an All-Big 12 performer all four years at Kansas State where he became the Wildcats’ all-time leader in receptions (249), receiving yards (3,710) and receiving touchdowns (29). The two-time All-American had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and caught 106 passes for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014, while leading the nation in punt returns with a 19-yard average and two touchdowns. Lockett is one of the best return specialists and also has two kick returns for TDs in his outstanding career.
Lockett showed the ability to create separation with incredible route running as well as speed, and showed toughness in performing well against bigger cornerbacks like the ones he’ll face in the NFL. Crowder was equally impressive in Mobile, Ala.
Like Lockett, Crowder is quick and shifty, and can hurt teams as a receiver or in the return game. He averaged 21 yards per kick return as a freshman, and averaged 16 yards per punt return and scored two touchdowns as a junior.
As a receiver, Crowder had a better season statistically in 2013, catching 108 passes for 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns, but his senior season in which he caught 85 balls for 1,044 yards and six scores was nothing to sneeze at. Crowder finished his Duke career with 18 100-yard games against the likes of Stanford, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Clemson and Miami, in which he caught eight passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns, including a 99-yarder, in 2012.
I’ve been a huge fan of Hardy’s all year and have written about him in previous editions of SR’s Fab 5. I will admit that I was taken aback by his smaller-than-expected frame when I got the chance to meet him at the Senior Bowl. I think that makes his accomplishments all the more impressive as Hardy became the FBS’ all-time leading receiver this year with 387 catches for 4,541 yards and 35 touchdowns, thanks to a 121-catch, 1,494-yard, 10-touchdown senior season for the Pirates.
Hardy has excellent hands, sneaky speed, great leaping skills that make him a red zone threat, and the ability to return punts. Hardy, a smooth receiver, and Lockett could be second- or third-round picks, while Crowder figures to be a third- or fourth-round selection.
The Bucs appeared to be enamored by all three in Mobile, and are in need of a speedy receiver to work the middle of the field in the slot to serve in the Harry Douglas role in Dirk Koetter’s offense, especially with two 6-foot-5 giants on the outside in Evans and Vincent Jackson. The fact that each of the them bringing the ability to be a return specialist – with Lockett doing it the best – also adds tremendous value to their draft stock to Tampa Bay.
FAB 4. FACING RAHEEM’S UNEXPECTED WRATH
It was November 1, 2010, and I received a phone call from one upset Bucs head coach in Raheem Morris. Tampa Bay had rallied to beat Arizona in the desert, 38-35, the day before on Halloween and the upstart Bucs had started the season 5-3. But Morris was furious – apparently with me.
I was sitting in my apartment on Monday night when the phone rang. Morris’ name and number came up on my caller I.D. and I answered right away. Here’s a paraphrasing of what I recall Morris saying.
“Scott? What’s up, man? Hey why would you do that? Why would you put that (expletive) (expletive) up on your site, man? What the (expletive) is wrong with you?”
I was immediately caught off guard and more than a little flustered. I began to wonder what the heck I had written about Morris or the Bucs that would have ticked Morris off so bad? I couldn’t think of anything, so I quickly turned on my laptop and searched PewterReport.com for anything that could have Morris so upset.
“That’s not cool, Scott. I’m (expletive) pissed and not sure why you would put that up. That doesn’t help us, man. It makes me look (expletive) bad.”
Completely flabbergasted, I asked Morris, “Coach, what did I put up that has you so pissed?”
“The (expletive) video, man!” Morris replied.
Not having video capabilities on our website, I knew that Morris had called the wrong person.
“Raheem, we don’t have any video on PewterReport.com,” I offered.
“What? Is this Scott Reynolds? Hey, Scott! What’s up man?” Morris said as his tone changed immediately and he began to laugh. Instantly, Morris went from full throttle anger to completely jovial and funny, realizing he had a case of mistaken identity.
“(Expletive), man! Wrong Scott! I meant to call Scott Smith and hit the wrong Scott on my phone! My bad!”
I said it was no big deal and he quickly hung up. I’m assuming he called the czar of Buccaneers.com and had a chat with Smith. I quickly logged on to Buccaneers.com and saw a post-game celebratory locker room video where Morris addressed his players after the Cardinals game and he asked the Bucs if they were ready to go eat some Dirty Bird as they were traveling to Atlanta the next week.
The video was harmless and it was hardly the bulletin board material Morris thought it was, but the original version was quickly pulled down from Buccaneers.com after I viewed it, and I guess it was edited and re-uploaded. I certainly hope Smith didn’t catch the profanity-laced tirade that I did from Morris because he didn’t do anything wrong. Morris just overacted, but we shared a good laugh about it the next time I saw him at One Buccaneer Place.
Probably the most interesting phone call I’ve ever had with a Bucs official in my 20 years of covering the team. But it wasn’t my most interesting encounter.
That was definitely the time a furious Monte Kiffin called me into his office on a Friday afternoon in 2001 and read me the riot act. That’s next week’s story.
FAB 5. SR’s BUC SHOTS
• With middle linebacker Mason Foster and defensive end Adrian Clayborn not slated to return to Tampa Bay, along with disappointing defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, the Bucs’ 2011 draft class will be fully decimated – unless reserve tight end Luke Stocker, a fourth-round pick in ’11, gets re-signed. Clayborn was the team’s first-rounder in 2011, while Bowers and Foster were second- and third-round picks, respectively.
If Stocker doesn’t return, the only player left from any draft class beyond 2012 would be Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, which is a damning indictment on why the Buccaneers haven’t been competitive over the last decade. Dennis Hickey, the Bucs former director of college scouting and player personnel before being hired as Miami’s general manager, was in charge of drafting of many of those players, as was former general manager Mark Dominik.
Tampa Bay’s 2012 draft class has already taken a hit with the trading of strong safety Mark Barron, who has not lived up to his first-round billing, to St. Louis, and the underwhelming performance of running back Doug Martin over the past two seasons. If Martin is traded this offseason, which is a possibility, the only leftovers from the 2012 draft will be Lavonte David, a second-round pick, and backup safety Keith Tandy, the team’s sixth-rounder that year.
Poor drafting over the years is what essentially forced the Buccaneers to dive into the free agent pool last offseason because there was not a strong foundation on the roster of quality starters and backups.
• The Buccaneers interviewed Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton at the Senior Bowl. Shelton has had a great week of practice and has solidified his stock as a first-round pick. So with Tampa Bay likely using the first overall pick on a quarterback, why would they interview a 6-foot-1, 343-pound nose guard? Because Shelton is quick and agile enough to play in a 4-3 scheme like the Bucs’ in addition to playing a 3-4 nose guard. He is clearly the most talented player at this year’s Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Tampa Bay has to look at all of its options in the 2015 NFL Draft, including trading down if a team like Philadelphia comes calling with a bounty of draft picks over the next two years that the Bucs can’t refuse. Even though they will likely spend its first-round pick on a quarterback this year, Tampa Bay is doing its due diligence and evaluating every first-round prospect in this year’s draft, including the powerful Shelton.
• I’ve been hyping the play of FCS running backs Zach Zenner from South Dakota State and John Crockett from North Dakota State – both of whom were at the East-West Shrine Game last week and could be late-round picks for the Buccaneers. But the best of the FCS rushers is clearly Northern Iowa’s David Johnson, who won the honor of Outstanding Performance Running Back award at the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
What’s not to love about Johnson? I wrote this about him last month in a previous SR’s Fab 5.
“After rushing for 1,286 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior, Johnson rushed for a career-high 1,553 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2014. The big, bruising running back amassed 15 100-yard games over the past two years and he’s done it against some FBS level teams. In a season-opening 28-20 upset over Iowa State in 2013, Johnson rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns, including an 80-yarder.”
“In this year’s 31-23 season-opening loss at Iowa, Johnson was held to 34 yards on 13 carries, but he did catch five passes for 203 yards, including a 53-yarder, a 60-yarder and a 70-yard touchdown. Johnson, who is an excellent receiver with 76 catches for 929 yards and six touchdowns over the past two years, is extremely fast for a big back and has four career runs over 50 yards, including two over 70.”
While Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah will likely be drafted higher in the second round, Johnson proved to be just as good in Mobile, Ala. Johnson’s small-school background, combined with the fact that there are a lot of quality rushers in this year’s draft, will likely knock his draft stock down, though. In talking with NFL scouts, Johnson rates as a fifth-round pick, while Zenner carries a sixth-round grade and Crockett is a seventh-rounder. The Bucs have some interest in all three, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to see one of them in red and pewter next year.
• Following the Senior Bowl, the Buccaneers will likely turn their attention towards the salary cap and creating some cap room. Releasing the likes of defensive end Michael Johnson, offensive tackle Anthony Collins and free safety Dashon Goldson would create millions of dollars worth of salary cap room, In addition to signing new free agents to fill some holes on the roster, Tampa Bay’s first priority will be to lock up Pro Bowl alternate linebacker Lavonte David, who has been the team’s leading tackler for the last three years and is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2015.
It’s unclear how much David will be asking for or how much the Bucs will be willing to pay, but it seems like a contract for Patrick Willis or K.J. Wright would be a good place to start. Willis earns an average of $10 million per year in his latest contract, which was a five-year, $50 million deal he signed in 2010 that included a $15.5 million signing bonus and $20.3 million in guaranteed money.
David won’t get that much as he has yet to make the Pro Bowl and Willis was a two-time Pro Bowler when he signed his deal. And the Bucs will likely give him a deal flush with guaranteed money instead.
Wright has yet to make the Pro Bowl, but has been a starter for both of Seattle’s Super Bowl teams over the past two seasons. He signed a four-year, $27-million extension in December that featured $5 million in guaranteed money and a $5 million signing bonus. Look for David’s new deal to ultimately fall somewhere between the Wright and Willis contracts.
• After swinging and missing on so many free agents in 2014, Tampa Bay will shift its approach in free agency this year. The Bucs will be looking for more role players like nose tackle Clinton McDonald, rather than the break-the-bank free agents like defensive end Michael Johnson, quarterback Josh McCown and left tackle Anthony Collins signed last year.
High-priced free agents that are available because other teams have allowed them to hit free agency rarely work out because if those players were truly great teams wouldn’t let them go and they wouldn’t hit the open market. The Bucs have signed so many players through the years that have been overpaid and have underperformed, including Johnson, McCown, wide receivers Alvin Harper and Bert Emanuel, offensive linemen Derrick Deese, Todd Steussie and Collins, free safety Dashon Goldson cornerback Eric Wright and running backs Derrick Ward and Charlie Garner over the years – among others.
The free agents that typically pan out are the players that are only let go due to salary cap reasons, such as defensive end Mario Williams, wide receivers Golden Tate, Steve Smith and Vincent Jackson. If a player, such as Detroit’s defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, hits free agency because the Lions can no longer afford him, he could become a player that Tampa Bay targets. Otherwise the Bucs will go for more unheralded “value” free agents rather than the high-priced targets the team has opted for in years past.
• And finally, PewterReport.com will unveil its second edition of the 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft on Monday. Be sure to start off next week right with a visit to PewterReport.com, Bucs fans.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 spent six years 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@example.com
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