FAB 3. Bucs Lining Up Formal Combine Interviews

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be meeting with hundreds of participants at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, but every NFL team only gets 60 formal interviews where they will get 15 minutes to meet with draft prospects. While regional scouts and position coaches spend time meeting more than 60 players, the 60 draft prospects that get the formal interview get to meet the Bucs’ coordinators, in addition to head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht.

The players that get the formal invites are the guys that Tampa Bay really has an interest in, but it doesn’t necessarily mean those players will end up on the team’s final radar because some of the interviews might go poorly and the Bucs might end up removing them from consideration.

Nevertheless, PewterReport.com has begun to discover some of the names that received formal invites as well as which other players have met with the Bucs’ position coaches. On Thursday, we met with the offensive linemen and running backs.

Among those offensive linemen I spoke with on Thursday, Alabama’s Jonah Williams did have a formal interview with Tampa Bay, which was no surprise, but several other high profile linemen, such as Florida’s Jawaan Taylor, Washington State’s Andre Dillard and Oklahoma’s Cody Ford and Bobby Evans did not meet with the Bucs in any capacity.

 

In addition to Williams, Kansas State right tackle Dalton Risner and Northern Illinois left tackle Max Scharping, the Bucs also had formal interviews with Alabama State right tackle Tytus Howard, West Virginia left tackle Yodny Cajuste and Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom. USC offensive tackle Chuma Udoba and Elon right tackle Oli Udoh met with run game coordinator Harold Goodwin and offensive line coach Joe Gilbert.

Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary, Kansas State running back Alex Barnes and Florida running back Jordan Scarlett confirmed that they had informal interviews with the Buccaneers, meeting with running backs coach Todd McNair. Singletary’s small hands (8.5 inches) raised some concerns among scouts as his were the smallest of any running back at the Combine. The fact that Singletary is 5-foot-7 and a half, and weighed just 203 pounds was also concerning to NFL teams.

Meanwhile, a pair of Memphis Tigers received formal interviews with Licht, Arians and the Bucs’ brass.

Henderson has always faced questions about his size, and he checked in at just over 5-foot-8, while listed as 5-foot-9 on the Memphis roster, but weighed 208 pounds. Pollard is just under 6-foot and weighed 210 pounds, which pleased NFL scouts.

Stay tuned to PewterReport.com’s Twitter feed @PewterReport and the website for more news about which players met with the Bucs formally and informally at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

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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 protected]
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Pete Wood

Sounds like the Bucs are not panicking. Their three step plan is sound. 1. Keep the players who are performing. 2. Don’t sign any high priced free agents. 3. Trade down and get as many picks as possible. I think the Bucs could end up with nine or more picks easily. Trade down with Washington or Miami. Both will overpay since each desperately needs a QB. We could trade number five for a mid first, a second, a third, a late round pick and a high pick for next year. We could possibly get a second from Jacksonville for moving… Read more »

BigSombrero

What QB will be there at 5? Kyler Murray is going #1 to Arizona. Giants will pay the price to move up to #2 to get Haskins. Arizona will dump Josh Rosen for draft capital. My guess would be to New England. New England was just awarded 2 additional 3rd round picks and they have 12 total picks in 2019.

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chefboho

I could only pray this happens because then you’ll either have Bosa, Allen, or Williams at our selection. I don’t think you could possible trade back if any of those three were a available.

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BigSombrero

In 2016 Joey Bosa, Ezekial Elliott and Jalen Ramsey were widely considered the top 3 players in the draft. LA traded #15, #43, #45, #76, and their 2017 1st & 3rd round picks to Tennessee to acquire #1 and drafted Jared Goff. Philly traded from #8, #77, #100, their 2017 1st round pick and their 2018 second round pick to Cleveland to acquire #2 and drafted Carson Wentz. Goff and Wentz have both been to Superbowl. Wentz was injured for the Eagles playoff run, but has a ring. I think most would agree, neither of those guys are Peyton Manning,… Read more »

Ken Grant

I cannot imagine with what we have heard about Arians and what we know about Licht’s love for high-motor guys that they would even consider Rashan Gary. His tape is absolutely awful. He may well have a great combine, but that athleticism rarely shows up on film.

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drdneast

I keep reading about Fitzpatrick splitting the locker room last year because of his play but the only player I remember saying anything about it was the diva Jackson.
Someone correct me if I`m wrong.
I know Jacson thinks he is the team, but he is only one player who doesn’t run good routes, doesn’t fight for the ball and pretty much gives up in a game he isn’t highlighted in.

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SenileSenior

I also noted how DJAX does not fight for the ball or give the extra effort to prevent long throws from turning into interceptions.

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GrayBalls

It’s primarily due to the fact that there were some players, and fans, calling for Fitzpatrick to play when Jameis first took the starter’s role back. The new staff is all in on Winston for 2019 and they do not want any division in the locker room. That comment was not intended, I’m certain, to mean Fitz was causing turmoil through His words and/actions

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drdneast

In the spirit of BucAssBob., I think it is a good idea to pay a secondary TE who didn’t catch more than 30 balls last year $7 mill and not at least offer your second leading WR the same amount of money who caught over twice as many throws. Good thinking. And when did anyone ever see The Hump shirk from going over the middle. Hell that is where he makes his living. I like Brate, but this team doesn’t have the luxury of paying a secondary TE $7 mill in an offense that is probably veering away from two… Read more »

BigSombrero

And if OJ is hurt in the preseason or week 1 and goes on IR(yet again)? Now Brate has at least 70 catches for 852 yards with 8 TDs. He plays hurt. He is a part of the solution, not a problem.

Brate has more TD’s over the last 3 years than any TE in the NFL. If they lose Brate, Humphries and Jackson, I wouldn’t expect the offense to be the same.

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macabee

I have no idea what I’m talking about so bear with me as I try to solve what is clearly a salary cap problem for the Bucs! Please feel free to offer suggestions/corrections as you think are warrantied. If I heard right Tuesday at the Combine when Licht and Arians held pressers, the Bucs want to keep McCoy, DJax. and Donovan Smith among others. The Bucs have 16mil in cap space and will need a 9mil rookie pool (OTC). Mike Greenberg is the best capologist in the NFL, but he’s no magician! So sumpin’s gotta give!!!!! Here’s my take! WR… Read more »

Pete Wood

I think you know exactly what you are talking about. Heck, I wish you’d submit a battle plan to pewter.
Good ideas on cap room.
Do you see the Bucs keeping Humphries?

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macabee

Pete, I think they will try. My understanding is that Humphries has asked for 8mil. Maybe this is a case of shoot for the moon and land among the stars. The only comp that comes to mind is 3 x Superbowl winner and Superbowl MVP Julian Edelman. Perhaps this is an unfair comp and it says more about Belichick, but Edelman in under contract for 5.5mil/yr. If Humphries is willing to take a similar contract, I think he has a good chance of being re-signed. Otherwise he is probably going to be allowed to test free agency. I like Hump,… Read more »

BigSombrero

Why would they keep Humphries? He doesn’t fit in BA’s offense and he’s about to get top money with a weak WR free agency class. He will get 8-10 million from Indy, Denver, etc. On top of that, you think Tampa will just dump Desean Jackson for nothing when he DOES fit into a major role in a Bruce Arians offense and is priced cheap. If they cut Desean, I bet he commands 12-14mil/year on a 2 or 3 year agreement in this current free agent market. It just doesn’t make any sense. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No… Read more »

BigSombrero

Bright side to losing Humphries and Kwon. They will both earn Tampa compensatory picks in the 2020 draft if they sign elsewhere.

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Horse

Mac, pretty good analysis. I too am concerned about the low cap available at this point ; this reasoning could be directly pointed towards Licht.
I’m not a fan of passing debt along to a future season.
I’m more in favor of offering less or they can go somewhere else. I would remind them if their offer isn’t accepted and they come back later with okay we’ll take your offer, it might be less than what was offered before.
What do you think?

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macabee

And you are not alone Horse. The Bucs adhere religiously to pay-as-you-go. Remember that restructures are not always pay cuts. They can be pay advances. In the case of Mike Evans, it isn’t any more or any less. It only becomes dead money when the player is no longer here and it is still on the books. It is simply a means to an end allowed by the NFL. I doubt that the Bucs would do it since it has not historically been their practice. I really don’t think we’re going to have much of a first wave free agency,… Read more »

SenileSenior

I believe DJAX is gone sooner or later. Sooner meaning via a trade during the draft. Later meaning a trade or cut afterwards. I expect Hump to be gone for higher pay. I expect GMAC to return with a restructured contract. I believe he wants a chance to compete in a playoff situation with a long shot for a Superbowl ring here. I believe he wants to retire straight out as a Buc, not after a return, one-day signing. I believe Kwon Alexander will end up with a one-year “prove your value” contract and hope for a postponed payoff next… Read more »

macabee

Sure it does! We are all guessing at this point. As they say “your guess is as good as mine”. lol. Hopefully we know some things for sure after March 13th. But as I stated, the Bucs have the entire offseason to settle some of these issues. Let’s hope that it is sooner!

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BigSombrero

I wouldn’t count on restructures at all. Licht recently said he didn’t believe in restructuring players contracts because then they give less effort. He did restructure Sweezy after Sweezy missed his entire first year with a back injury and surgery. He basically reworked a 2016 $32.5m/5yr deal into a 4 year deal worth approx $20 mil with no dead cap money if he’s cut for health reasons. Sweezy was cut after 2017, recovered and played well last year for Seattle for 1.9mil. It didn’t work out with Sweezy but overall it’s smart. Players will get their money if they perform.… Read more »

BigSombrero

Thumbs down all you want, but I’m 100% correct. No Doubts!!

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chefboho

Man, if Arians was a woman I’d be falling in love. He just knows all the right things to say and I believe in him and his drive. This guy knows what blocks he has to build here or he never would’ve came. Excited for the draft and the season already. Go Bucs!!!

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Sector2814

Trading down would be a great draft strategy if we had a GM who was better at drafting.

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Pete Wood

Even if you have a GM who isn’t great at drafting, trading down still makes sense. It spreads out risk. The fewer the number of picks the more a team puts its eggs in one basket.

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mjmoody

Simms, seriously…what does a spleen even do? I lost my keys at RayJay once, now that was an issue. Thanks as always SR for a Friday full of bits to chew on. Thanks Bucs fans for posting w/ thought. Keeps me thinking and giving SR something to use. (Mac, Flyboy…y’all know who you are.) Just because I think it’s getting swept under the rug, why do we not care about 2ndary in Tampa? Does EVERYBODY have Julio on their Fantasy? What I’m hearing is, 1) they’re healthy now. 2) We’ve already picked some corners 3) the scheme will fix it.… Read more »

BigSombrero

I agree with some of your thoughts. Question? Can you name any secondary player for Chicago? How about San Diego? Pittsburgh? Baltimore? No need to google it, just off the top of your head? I honestly could not think of a corner or safety for any of those teams. They all had great defenses last year and run a 3-4.

Fundamentally, it starts up front on defense.

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mjmoody

Kyle Fuller from V Tech plays for Chicago. Maybe you saw him at the Pro Bowl?

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fredster

I’m hoping we get somebody to trade down. I doubt any player at 5 would be more advantageous to the Bucs than picking up more picks. I really love Brate and Hump but both are luxuries Bucs can’t afford imo. I do worry if Howard goes down though the other TE on this roster are big drop down in pass catching for sure. Jackson is toast for sure. No way they pay that moron 10 million to run his big mouth. He’s not worth it anyways and he doesn’t fight for ball. He’s a diva for sure. Head are too… Read more »

BigSombrero

Current State of the Buccaneers Currently the Bucs are at about $16 million in cap space according to overthecap.com after releasing Vinny Curry. Tampa’s offense finished 1st in passing(320.3 yds/game), 3rd in total yards (415.5/game), but 12th in points scored (24.8/game) and 29th in rushing(95.2yds/game). The passing attack was potent when it had to be and there’s talent is everywhere except right guard. With renewed focus on running the ball from run game coordinator Harold Godwin and an upgrade to the right side of the offensive line, the Bucs will be more balanced. On defense, the Bucs allowed a league… Read more »

BigSombrero

I know everyone hates D.Jax and LOOOOVVVVES Gerald McCoy. I know the GM and Coach said the right things this week when asked about how they fit in the future. How McCoy is the ideal 3 tech. How D.Jax wants to be in Tampa. Try to be objective for a minute. A look at history from Bowles and Arians… If the Bucs play in the 3-4 that Bowles ran last year in NY, he will have ……..LDE….NT…..RDE……. ..LOLB..LILB….RILB..ROLB.. ….Gholston…..Vea……..JPP…. Nassib…Mosley…..David….Josh Allen That is a front seven that can attack. That protects the secondary from trying to cover too long and… Read more »

SCLOBERNOCKER

Josh Allen is probably a pipe dream, but man would it be sweet.

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BigSombrero

I think Bosa, Q.Williams, or Allen will be there at 5. I have no doubt. I would bet the farm on QB going 1 and 2.

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FLBoy84

Kind of disturbing hearing Licht say that Benenoch is a RT after wasting a whole year of development at RG, and Spence is a better fit as a 3-4 OLB. Either Koetter and Co. disregarded Licht’s desire to see Benenoch at RT or he just sat aimlessly by and let the staff play guys out of position. And if we’re now just figuring out Spence is a 3-4OLB (what most thought anyway), why waste a 2nd round pick on one when you’re running a 4-3 D and Nassib, Ngakoue, and Kaufusi were still on the board. I’m no draft expert… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB

If what I’m reading is true and Bruce Arians doesn’t want Fitzpatrick as a second string quarterback in the locker room my question is who’s going to win the other two games for them to get to 5 and 11

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BUC-ASS-BOB

If Jameis Winston was a good quarterback why would there be a division in the locker room anyway it makes sense to get rid of the better rated quarterback if you have a division in the locker room the moron thing said just keep coming by this general manager also starting to wonder about the Bruce Arians is he really saying this stuff or is he just lying through his teeth like he did the first day he got here talking about how much respect he had for the glazers Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please… Read more »

BigSombrero

Mccoy and the defense stunk last year. Check out the rankings above. Winston needs a running game and a defense. He’ll be fine.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Yeah right big sombrero I’ve been hearing this crap for 4 years

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BigSombrero

You’re a numbers guy…The defense was really bad last year. With Mike Smith, after Mike Smith, whatever. Buckner said the only guys on the defensive line that were special were JPP and Vea. That’s it.

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BigSombrero

On defense, the Bucs allowed a league worst 110.9 QB passer rating to opposing QB’s last year. Tampa finished 31st in points allowed (29.0/game), 27th in total yards allowed (383.4/game), 26th in passing yards allowed (259.4/game), and 24th in rushing yards allowed (123.9/game). The Bucs finished 31st in turnover ratio (-18) and tied for 26th(9) in interceptions.

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nybuccguy

Im praying the Bucs trade back and get Jachai Polite. He will be a sack monster in the right system.

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Horse

Good report Scott; I enjoyed it. Lots to think about. I am not a fan of small DB’s; I hope we make some corrections there.

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skipper

Buc-ass-Bob, is there any chance you can post anything other then hatred towards the starting QB? Do you not sleep at night with your hatred towards Winston? Your a broken record dude who can’t stop with the same shit over and over and over again.

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GrayBalls

skipper, there actually IS a chance of it. In fact, I’ve seen it. Sometimes dude talks about something else and ….. Nope, nevermind. He’s still an incoherent rambler

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drdneast

Let’s not forget the use didn’t pursue Drew Breed in FA because they had Simms which was cheese stupidity on the part of Gruden and Allen. Later on, when Gruden tried to pursue Brett Farvs when he had Jeff Garcia, he was skewered by the press for not showing any loyalty to Garcia That showed me the intelligence of the local press Corp. Winston could win the Super Bowl next year 42 -0 and run and throw for all six scores and BucAssBob would still find something wrong with his game because his hatred of Winston runs so deep. Rate… Read more »

flashgordon

I definitelly liked that Devin Bush guy way over the LSU guy. I started seeing it a little bit with the LSU linebacker(forgetting his name), but certainly not at pick 5. Now, I’m absolutely against drafting that LSU linebacker at 5. Likwise, before I saw the Byron Murphy video, I liked the Deandre Baker guy better than Greedy. I also like Darrel Henderson more than Ronald Jones. All this is very annoying because I’d try to solidify the DL and OL. This years Ol doesn’t look nearly as exciting as the DL. I’d get a De and a Dt with… Read more »

flashgordon

Check that, stick with Ronald Jones, trade down a little, draft Devin Bush, and Khalin Saunders in the second, and best player available after that.

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flashgordon

Well, I guess I can see how Khalen Saunders could fall.

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flashgordon

Well, I guess I can see how Khalen Saunders could fall.

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