FAB 5. SR’s Buc Shots

• Bucs veteran right tackle Demar Dotson really likes what he’s seen from Tampa Bays’ two new starting defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry. Pierre-Paul is a dynamic playmaker the likes of which the Bucs haven’t had since Simeon Rice last donned pewter and red in 2006.

Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“JPP’s got all the upside and potential to go out there and have 15, 18 sacks per season,” Dotson said. “The biggest thing that’s going to stop JPP is JPP – that ‘want to,’ to go out there and do it. But just out here in training camp he’s bringing different looks to us that we haven’t seen in a long time. He’s long, he’s lanky, he’s strong, but the thing about it is that he’s like Gumby. He can bend in different kinds of ways. You think you’ve got him, but he’s so flexible he can get around you. It’s only going to help us, and it is helping us. We need that, we need those battles across the line and it’s going to help us. As tough as we can make practice, it’ll make the games that much easier.”

As for Curry, whom Dotson sees more often on his side of the line, he’s a relentless worker and a handful to block.

“He’s one of those hard hat guys,” Dotson said. “There’s nothing special about his game and he’s not going to blow you away, but he’s going to come out here and compete every day, be physical, play strong and be a hard-nosed, hard hat type of guy every play that’ll hit you in the face. That’s what we get out of him and we need that.”

Dotson is the longest-tenured player in Tampa Bay right ahead of six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who just turned 30 this year. Dotson says that adding Curry and JPP on the outside will only help McCoy on the inside.

“Gerald needs help,” Dotson said. “He’s not getting any younger. He’s in his ninth season. He can’t be the superhero just by himself with three other guys. He needs help and I think that’s going to take a load off of his shoulders when you have guys where you can’t just double team Gerald all the time. You’ve got a JPP outside, you’ve got a Noah Spence outside, you’ve got a Vinny Curry outside and you have to respect those guys. That’s just going to open up holes and now you’ve got a guy like Gerald McCoy in a one-on-one.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“You watch a lot of games last year where Gerald is getting double-teamed, getting triple-teamed, and you’re wondering, ‘Where’s Gerald at, where’s Gerald at?’ Man, it’s hard to beat people in this league when you’re getting double- and triple-teamed because they can leave someone in one-on-one and they can’t get to the ball.”

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Bucs CB Carlton Davis - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs CB Carlton Davis – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

• Bucs rookie cornerback Carlton Davis is pushing for the starting cornerback spot opposite Brent Grimes. As I mentioned in Fab 1, Davis has battled Mike Evans every day in practice and is ready to take on the likes of New Orleans’ Michael Thomas and Tedd Ginn, Jr. right off the bat in Week 1. It’s helped that he has played the likes of Clemson’s Deon Cain, Artavis Scott and Mike Williams, Alabama’s Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart, Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk, and LSU’s D.J. Chark and Malachi Dupre among others in college at Auburn.

“When I was in college I played in the SEC West, which is always one of the best conferences in the nation, so competition is something I’m used to,” Davis said. “It’s something that you play the game for – to go up against the best of the best. I’m ready and I’m looking forward to it.”

• The regular season is almost here and we are doing two Pewter Nation Podcasts a week on PewterReport.com. The next one will be recorded Friday night following Tampa Bay’s preseason home opener against Detroit. The most recent one was recorded on Monday and is well worth your time either on your drive home from work during Friday rush hour or on the weekend. Here is a link to Ep 89: Hidden Grudge Between Winston And Mariota.

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• PewterReport.com’s regularly scheduled appearances on 620 WDAE continue with Trevor Sikkema joining J.P. Peterson on-air today (Friday) at 4:30 p.m. I’ll be next Friday afternoon with Peterson reviewing the Bucs vs. Jaguars preseason game and talking about roster cuts. Here is the schedule of the remaining PewterReport.com appearances before the start of the regular season:

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• The Buccaneers’ first three games – at New Orleans and home games against Super Bowl champion Philadelphia and Pittsburgh – are the toughest in NFL history due to those teams’ finish last year. But the Bucs may be catching a break with the first two games as Saints Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four games for PED (performance-enhancing drugs) usage. In Philadelphia, star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has missed all of training camp while on the PUP list for a rotator cuff injury. He’ll likely miss the Bucs vs. Eagles game in Week 2.

And Philadelphia’s quarterback situation might be a little murky as well. Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles has been dealing with an upper body injury during the preseason and hasn’t been 100 percent. Starter Carson Wentz still hasn’t seen action as he continues his recovery from ACL surgery last fall. Wentz is trying to be ready by the season opener, but may not be ready until Week 2 in Tampa Bay. How rusty will he be if that’s the case? The Bucs would love to find out.

• I just saw that former Bucs defensive tackle Chris Baker got cut in Cincinnati. Not surprised he didn’t even make it through the preseason. He’s a bum.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th 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 son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

17 COMMENTS

  1. This is a hopeful Fab 5, Scott. The roster sounds solid across the board. I hope the depth is there to sustain, what seems to be, the constant Achille’s heel for this team. I saw the 5-11 prediction from SI for the Bucs this year. That seems insane to me. I hope that Monken has continued success as the play caller and Koetter can take advantage of that new freedom to hone his HC skills. This team is solid. I suppose it could be 5-11 or 11-5? I’ll feeling 8 or 9 wins at this point.

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  2. I haven’t seen Kwon stand out in preseason games so far. Being a vocal leader is all well, and good but to many times I’ve seen him fill the wrong gap, or completely whiff on a tackle, not to mention he gets completely blown away by any guard who reaches him. Maybe he’s looked better in practice, but he hasn’t had one oh wow play during the last two games, so I don’t know where the A grade is coming from. To me he’s an average MLB. I think he’s to small for the position, and might be better suited to play WILL.

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  3. What about Stevie T? Is he headed to practice squad?

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    • Wasn’t he cut or waived injured?

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      • Waived (injury), I think.

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  4. It seems as though GM Licht has learned his lesson from last moving on from the likes of Chris Baker to absolute workhorses like Allen, Unrein, and Curry. From everything I’ve seen of him so far, JPP was well worth what it cost Licht from the trade with NY. Preseason games don’t always show what we’re going to see during the regular season, but both games have shown me this team is going to play hard every snap – unlike what I saw during last year’s preseason games. What I’ve been most impressed with this season is all three QBs – our 3rd stringer QB looks like he might actually be able to hold his own if called upon this season, which hasn’t been the case since he arrived in Tampa.

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  5. Wester is a better tackle than Seaton or Liedtke

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  6. Hard to disagree with any on that proposed roster, but I would not be surprised if some shuffling or trades happened before NO.

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  7. Really good job with your fab 5 Scott. I like the player grade analysis as well.

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  8. I like everybody on the team as to their personalities and the efforts they are trying to make. I just don’t see Spence and Gholston better than Clark or O’Connor. I would go short at defensive end position rather than keep those two. As of right now I see Ryan Smith not making the team unless he shows something tonight.
    Did I miss injury status as to Safety Evans? Anybody know his injury status?

    This is the best defensive team we’ve had in a long time, and I believe Coach Smith is going to bring nothing to the plate if he continues to play conservative defense. I sure hope I am wrong as to Coach Smith as the way I look at it right now we’ll be lucky if we win 6 games. You just can’t play vanilla defense in the NFL; we’re very predictable on defense. Maybe some of our injuries are due to players trying to do more because of this scheme?

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  9. Baker got closer to that tree in Hard Knocks than any QB’s over the last few years.

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  10. Great Fab Five Scott, and thanks for bringing back the thumbs up and down! You guys have done a great job with the website – and just in time for the season!

    Going to the game tonight and can’t wait! Go Bucs!!!

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  11. Kwon as an A? Ehhhhhhh. Haven’t been impressed. Barely notice him in the few times he played. Hopefully he shows up in the season like he has in the past.

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  12. Loved your roster and comments, Scott. Seaton did have to hold to prevent a sack but every other play he looked solid to me not allowing the first sack. I think he has some potential and glad to see you included him on your roster. I have never seen Wester playing that well. I wish there was a way to keep Ogunbowale because he has the potential to replace Barber if he goes down. I hope Jones gets a good run tonight. Go Bucs. Shoot the canons tonight. Detroit has not gotten a single sack this preseason so Fitz and Jameis should have time to carve them up. I know Detroit can run the ball and our defense needs to show they can stop them!

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  13. Winning this game at the half but the defense is not good. The kicking situation is not acceptable, the coaches and GM are suspect along with this dud of a kicker.

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  14. lol sergio bailey was never going to make the team over bobo wilson maybe not even over martino

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  15. also probably less than 10% chance lambert makes the team over clarke . clarke was being used as the no 3 de in the game last night. that doesn’t just happen spontaneously obviously been showing something in camp to warrent getting those snaps . i thought y’all were supposed to be out there everyday watching practice getting a read on what’s going on. but you come out with a 53 man roster prediction with a guy who’s solidly been in the rotation thus far in preseason not making the cut? makes me wonder just how much cred i can put into those practice analysis yall like to do.

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