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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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    Nice work on the Fab 5, Scott… It really does puzzle me when I hear the pundits saying that it’s the Bucs’ defense which is going to be this year’s Achille’s heel. I think getting Smitty back is huge as well as the added depth to this defense. I think they are going to surprise a lot of people. I’m still not sold on the depth of the O-line though. I hope the Bucs are not hit with injuries there or it’s really going to affect the entire performance of the offense. All in all, it’s an exciting ride to see this team making a legitimate climb in the potential playoff territory this year.

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      I just want to echo … getting Smith back for another season may well be the most significant thing for this year’s defense! I’ve got high hopes!

      Go Bucs!!!

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    Alldaway 2.0

    It seems that Josh Robinson is quietly making a push to make his case for the starting job at FS so Conte is facing pressure. But I have to admit Tandy at SS seems iffy as he is hit or miss with his angles and tackling. I think the best alignment would be Tandy at FS and Wilcox at SS. But if the Bucs want to cover guys back there then a combination of Tandy and Robinson is plausible.

    I have maintained that if Conte is still a starter that would indicate the Bucs failed to upgrade the position for 2017. I am fine with Conte as a backup as most NFL teams do not have an experienced backup safety like Conte on gamedays. But Conte simply bites too much on window dressing (oddly even more so during red zone situations). And Conte simply doesn’t bring another element to the backend that is sorely needed.

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    Excellent Fab 5, Scott. Love the focus on defense. With the added talent up and down the roster, and learning carried over from a second season of Mike Smith’s defense, and the return of a healthy Jac Smith and Noah Spence, it sure looks a lot more like the great Buc D of the olden days from ’97-’02 than it has in a very long time.

    Even if the injury bug bites hard again as it did last season,we should still get better. And if we have just an average injury rate on the D, we could have a great season.

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    Good Article, Scott. These are just my opinions as to the following: I don’t count on J. Smith much because we have injury history with him. If Tandy and Conte both are starters then we haven’t improved in helping the CB’s and LB’s. I am surprised there has been so little talk about O. J. Howard. I take it he has a lot to learn coming from Alabama’s vanilla offensive scheme; what are your thoughts PewterReport Scott?

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      Tandy will make the pro-bowl.

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    Scott you have Martin as you’re starting R.B., but that can’t happen till week four, and even then he’ll have to knock the rust off. Starting R.B.’s are normally protected from preseason games for fear of injury, the Bucs won’t have that luxury this year with Martin, so how do you see them preceding? Can’t risk Quizz getting hurt, McNichols coming off injury can’t be over used, Barber needs to be healthy as you say he needs to be Rodger’s back up, so how do you see the reps going? Martin might have to shoulder the load this preseason, your thoughts.

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    Well fellas, lets hope this Mini-Camp is the last bit of Buccaneers news until Training Camp. Looks like it’s going to be a real quiet time and that’s exactly what we want. No contract holdouts, no new injuries from the OTA’s, no disgruntled players, no glaring weaknesses for Licht to try to fix with guys on the street and especially no QB controversy. Keep your fingers crossed.

    Usually this time of year we Bucs fans look forward to the season with cautious optimism. Heck, some resort to diving into the sewer of pessimism to protect their psyche from disappointment. Even in the bad old days I tried my best to see the glass half-full when I knew the glass was cracked and leaking. “This will be the year” I would announce to my wife. Once I was right.

    So with knowing my credibility is a tad suspect due to 40+ years of thinking “the future is so bright I have to wear shades”; doesn’t this team seem to have rekindled some of that confident swagger it lost in 2003? Don’t you feel the team is ready to take on all comers? Isn’t there more of an expectation to win rather than hoping not to lose?

    I’ve been watching Training Camp since the days at the old One Buc Place when I had to look over the fence as an illegal, er “undocumented” observer. I suspect fans are going to fill the One Buc Palace stands this year which will create even more excitement for the players heading into the season.

    In six weeks when Training Camp begins I’ll announce to my wife as I have for 40 years, “I’ll see you in February.” It’s football season!

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      Great post, scubog, great post. I don’t use the genius and idiot buttons, but wanted you to know I thought that was moving commentary on the state of the union of Buc fans. Sewer of pessimism caught my eye, lol. Optimism now rules! I’m in! Go Bucs!

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        Scubog, I agree here with macabee about your post. I confess to being guilty about falling into the sewer of pessimism. I think they are ready to compete, at least until the injuries set in. However, they should have “deported” you from the area if you were an “undocumented” observer, New England would have.



          John McKay ignored me, Leman Bennett was oblivious, Sam Wyche had me run off once and Ray Perkins once invited me inside to watch.

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    Where is Justin Evans on the depth chart? I do not see him on it at all. What gives?

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      It’s not a depth chart, it’s how they rotated the practice repetitions. The players held out due to injury weren’t in the rotation.

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    This was a great Fab 5 with lot’s of the type of analyses I enjoy. One thing about Baker; if he wants to skip OTA’s during a time he needs to learn the defense then start McDonald. I could see that attitude if he already knew the defense, but as a new comer he needed to get his a$$ on the field. This guy may take the money and run.

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