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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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    jackpc

    I agree with this post!!!

    Crowell and McKinnon would vastly help. McKinnon seems like a more efficient and younger version of Rodgers. The only thing I would add is that the vaunted offensive line needs an overhaul in every position except right guard where I think Ali Marpet was most comfortable before being moved to center.

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    MudManVA

    Not in love with crowell, he maybe healthy but he’s “nothing special”. I agree with 3 new RB’s completely. Simms and Martin need to go. I pray we land Michel, he passes the eyeball test. He has that WOW factor when you watch him. Penny is not bad but a bit high & stiff. Hard runner though. I just think Michel is going to be special.

    I would rather have Vea than the ND guard. I know we need help on the OL but DL is a disaster, and if Vea is that once in a generation player you take him. I certainly hope we don’t reach for Davenport, he is a project. You don’t draft projects at 7.

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    Buc 1976

    Crowell and McKinnon would be a upgrade over Martin and Sims. I still like Barber alot and hope he gets the chance to prove himself.

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    Cody

    Thanks Scott. You’ve changed my mind about Vea. My updated Big Board for the Bucs is:
    1. Bradley Chubb
    2. Saquon Barkley (best player in draft)
    3. Minkah Fitzpatrick (I went to UCF, but I love this guy)
    4. Vita Vea (Him and GMC together would be a dream)
    5. Derwin James (good fit for our scheme with Justin Evans over the top)
    6. Quenton Nelson

    I know the two defensive backs are kind of a reach to most people, but I really do believe that the secondary needs a lot of help going into next season. Defensive line will at least get Noah Spence back, but the secondary may lose Brent Grimes.

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      FLBoy84

      Tough to rely on a full year of Spence until he proves otherwise and the secondary does need help, even if Grimes decides to do one more year. There seem to be more decent FA options at CB and S that could fill holes than FA DL and DE’s, so have to think if Vea, Fitz, Nelson and James are all graded equally, they’re probably going to go DL ( though, like you, I’m really high on the two DB’s as well).

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    surferdudes

    Agree Barber is the only back worth keeping. The only difference I might do would be to draft two R.B.’s, and bring in one vet. Draft one R.B. by the third round, and draft one late, or find an UDFA. As far as Monken being full time O.C. it doesn’t count if you don’t allow him to also call the plays. You can have him prepare the team all week but if the wrong play is called in the redzone what good is it? We’ve all questioned our play calling inside the 20, Dirk has seemed to have gotten worse at it instead of better, give Monken his shot, he deserves it. Although we need pass rushing D ends, we are as soft as Baker’s belly in the middle of our line. Teams easily ran up our gut last year, that needs to change as much as getting to the Q.B.. Vea’s presence in the middle could actually help us both ways. I know the fan base is fixated with finding a D end, but outside of Chubb none are worth the 7th pick, don’t reach!

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      FLBoy84

      Easy to say “just let Monken call the plays” when it’s not your job and livelihood on the line. And you’re evidently assuming Monken is incapable of calling a wrong play (whatever that means) in the redzone as well. I’m all for any changes that lessen the duties on Koetter’s plate and allows him to focus more intently on what remains. Hard to blame him if he decides to retain the play-calling duties, as it’s his neck that’s on the line. Worst case, you’ll just have someone else to complain about in 2019.

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        Cody

        Yeah the good news is the defensive line will definitely be fixed after next year’s draft when we talk Jim Schwartz into leaving Philly.

        Ed Oliver
        Christian Wilkins
        Rashan Gary
        Dexter Lawrence

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          FLBoy84

          While I’ve never been a big fan of Schwartz as a person (the whole getting carried off on the shoulders in Detroit, etc.), I do like the attitude he brings to his defenses.

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        DonkeyHunter

        I’m wondering how much of the fan base shouting for Monken to call plays and that he would be a huge upgrade, realize he’s never called plays at this level.

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          FLBoy84

          Funny how the unknown is always better than the known. Though Monken could be a play-calling savant as well, as his offenses were always productive in college. Hard to imagine Koetter taking that risk though in a make-or-break year. Now, if it were Koetter’s first year on the job, maybe it’s a different story.

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          Cody

          Donkey, I’ve never seen playcalling worse than last year. There were times where I said to myself “a middle school kid playing Madden wouldn’t have been that dumb.”

          Koetter isn’t a bad coach for sure and I really am on his side. But things have to be different next year. Throwing the ball 15 yards down the field on 4th and 1 is the type of stuff that should lose playcallers their jobs.

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            FLBoy84

            Never understood coaches who stand there and praise how good their OL and RB’s are in press conferences, but then fail to trust them to get a 4th and short when it comes down to it. lol

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            jackpc

            If you can execute a first down completion on any 4th down play then it works. Last night’s SB52, Eagles went for it all from the 45 yard line on 4th and 1 and got a touchdown. My problem is less the play calling as much as execution. And I am much more concerned when our opponents convert on third and long. How many times am I going to see Bucs stuff the running back in the first two plays and then give up a 10+ yard completion on the third down play. That has to be demoralizing to the DL and LB

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    Darin

    I totally agree with signing two rbs in free agency. Anyone who doesnt like crowell hasnt seen him play much. I love dion lewis but seriously doubt he gets out of NE. If so getting him to tampa is gona be costly. If youre trying to sell me on vea I’m buying. I went and watched some film. He would be a day one starter and impact player. No way you’d get that with Davenport or some of the other DEs after chubb. One guy i think they may consider is the edge guy from Oklahoma. I think he will jump up the draft boards too. He is a bit small in a 4-3 but this team needs guys who can get the qb off his spot, and this guy can. So yeah signing crowell and lewis or mckinnon, drafting vita would definitely improve this team. They still need to sign a DE before the draft i think. If bennett is released Id say jump on it. Ansah would be ideal but doubt he makes it to FA. The issue is going to be do the bucs have enough appeal to get defensive players here? Mike smith isnt exactly known for putting guys into position to succeed. Lets hope Jameis and Mccoys recruiting help out.

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    cheveliar

    4 FOR 4 MY BROTHER! LOL Nice read Scottie, you kind of got me jonesing for the this Vea kid He sounds nice. As a trench guy and big fan of the “big uglies” as Keith Jackson used to call them I’m intrigued. Plus knowing it’s a position of need and this kid seems to fit the bill. Hopefully he let’s the freak come out during the combine.

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    a-bomb

    The more I see of Vea the more I tend to agree with Coach Lake. The dude is a manbeast. Teams who are consistently competitive are the ones who are able to get generational talents like this. Chubb is good, but Vea would open up a whole lot of possibilities. As the Sapp/Culpepper and Sapp/McFarland days showed, consistent pressure up the middle changes the way that QB’s can play.

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    FLBoy84

    Assume most of the FA RB’s are going to be looking for a chance to start, though obviously the market will determine how many opportunities are out there. With that in mind, hard to see TB getting both Crowell and McKinnon/Lewis signed knowing only one is getting the bulk of the carries. In this rare instance, I actually agree with suferdudes. Adding Crowell and then drafting two RB’s to pair with Barber is probably the way to go, though there will probably a RB or two that gets released in preseason that could probably be added as well if we were to only draft one. Jeremy Hill is also an interesting bounce-back candidate in place of a Lewis or McKinnon.

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    TBChucky

    Vita! Vita! Vita!

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    macabee

    Don’t forget about soon to be free agents RB Orleans Darkwa/Giants and RB Jeremy Hill/Bengals.

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    Patrick J Ellsworth

    I love Vita, but I also love Payne. Can’t decide who’s better.

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      FLBoy84

      Love Payne huh? Might be posting on the wrong board there Patrick. 😉

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      Cody

      I like Da’Ron Payne too, but I don’t think he’s on the same level as Vea as a pass rusher. I also don’t always trust Bama players (unless they’re named Minkah Fitzpatrick) because they’re surrounded with so much other talent on the field.

      Vea made that defense better almost singlehandedly in Washington. I think Bama might have won the championship with or without Payne.

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    Devasher

    Ugh, Scott, Gaines Adams was definitely a bust but let’s not act like he was this massive reach. Adams was a 6-5 260 pound consensus all-american with 21 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss in his final two seasons at Clemson, widely regarded as the top defensive player in the draft, and was taken as such.

    While I loved Adrian Peterson coming out of Oklahoma and he looked the part of a generational RB (yet was getting knocked for breaking his collarbone which was a freak injury), the Bucs had just spent a top 5 pick on Cadillac Williams 2 years prior. The idea of using your top pick on a pass rusher to replace Simeon Rice, whom Adams resembled made sense. You risk becoming the Lions if you constantly burn top 5 picks at the same skill position every year. The real intrigue was whether Bruce Allen would give up the farm to trade with the Lions to take the generational WR prospect in Calvin Johnson at number two. In hindsight, the top 3 picks the Lions required was the right call even if it was a heavy price to pay. Of course, had the Bucs merely won a predraft coin flip with Cleveland to pick at 3rd overall we would be talking about Joe Thomas as one of the best Buccaneers in franchise history.

    Either way, let’s not spin this to the Bucs making a desperate attempt and taking an inferior player due to need. The Bucs took a player at a slot that surprised no one in 2007. Gaines Adams selection wasn’t the Aguayo pick by a longshot.

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      FLBoy84

      All good points Devasher. Funny how SR blasts the Adams pick (easy to do in hindsight, much like the Baker signing) and says “That’s what happens when a team drafts for need rather than selecting the best player available”. Then turns around and promotes Vea over Nelson because DL is a bigger “need”. From the PR website itself on draft day 2007 – “Tampa Bay landed arguably the best defensive player in the 2007 NFL Draft by drafting Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams”. Gotta chose a side here SR.

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      majc32

      And i would like to add, I’m willing to bet clemson’s coach sung the praises of Adams. He should have because Adams was a unanimous selection for all american. Even look at the mock drafts from back then and you will see many had him to the bucs and he was never out the top 7 or so picks. Definitely not a reach. He just busted. 50% of 1st rounders bust so there is no guarantee that Vea wont bust either. Jason licht please do your homework.

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    Wausa

    I’m going to help out the Pewter Report writers here and show a portion of their 2007 mock draft and comments:

    3. Cleveland Browns – RB Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma)
    Cleveland will be tempted to select QB Brady Quinn, but they’ll go with the safer pick in Peterson, who will be groomed behind RB Jamal Lewis for a year. The Browns figure an improved ground attack will immediately help improve the play of their quarterbacks.
    4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech)
    The Bucs will be fortunate to have Johnson fall to them since several teams likely will attempt to trade up with Oakland, Detroit and Cleveland to position themselves to draft Johnson. But in the end, Johnson and T Joe Thomas will fall in Tampa Bay’s lap. A franchise tackle has a lot of appeal, but the Bucs offense, which scored just 20 touchdowns last season, simply can’t afford to pass up a player with Johnson’s attributes and playmaking ability.
    5. Arizona Cardinals – T Joe Thomas (Wisconsin)
    There’s a chance the Cardinals could attempt to trade up with the Bucs to select Thomas, but they won’t make that move if they believe the Bucs will select Johnson. Arizona fills a need and grabs the best left tackle in the 2007 NFL Draft.

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      FLBoy84

      Wasn’t saying PR didn’t prefer Johnson to Adams as the Bucs pick Wausa. Was simply pointing out that Scott has, on occasion, tended to praise a pick or signing when it’s made (Adams, Baker, etc.) and, if it doesn’t work out, turn around and bash it as a mistake by the team or GM. Not every pick or signing works out, just the way it goes. Now, if you bash the pick or signing when it’s made, THEN feel free to do the “I told ya so” if it fails. Otherwise ….

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    Bucsfan1983

    I would be good with Crowell, if the offensive line is improved.

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    Pit of misery

    Spend on free agent OL,DL and Cb’s draft running Backs why spend big time money on average rbs?

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    RootsCrew

    I’ve never liked Jameis working with George Whitfield. Jimbo didn’t either. In my opinion, the guy is a fraud. Luck made him, he would have made any QB coach, and guys have flocked to him ever since. Who has he made better? Winston’s deep ball fell off a cliff after working with George. I’d love for Winston to drop the broom waving, couch pillow throwing gimmicks & work with an actual QB coach who knows what he’s talking bout.

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    plopes808

    FA – Crowell and Bennett/Ansah
    Rd 1 – Nelson
    Rd 2 – Michel

    Then go BPA the rest of the draft

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