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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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    We are weak at the Safety position. Be nice if we could pick up another veteran safety before the season if nothing else then for backup duty. I guess same goes for linebacker. No veteran experienced backups per say.

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    IAM LOOKING FORWARD WHO THE BUCS WILL PICKUP AT SAFETY POSITION BETWEEN NOW AND START OF THE SEASON IN SEPT 11. Iam also looking at the following college players that would be available at SS & FS, EDGE RUSHER,FAST WR,and another TE for 2017 NFL Draft.Tampa has all 7 picks next year.GO BUCS

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    These guys remind me of Siskel and Ebert they should give a thumbs down for the safety and kick returner positions and a thumbs up for QB, RB and LB positions.

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    Conti and McDougald are horrible but I’m sure Drdneast will disagree as everyone who dones the uniform is a valuable asset

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      I am not Drdneast, but he and I usually agree on one thing (not politics or religion), and that is to disagree with you jgru. Conti is a passable player at safety, although he is not as valuable as Luke Stocker.

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    76Buc- Conti does what exactly that you like? He wouldn’t be on 30 other teams in this NFL maybe the Browns, fans seem to over hype their own players hell even the writers who cover the Bucs don’t like our safeties wake up fans wake up

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    We are weak at Safety.

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      Horse- Thank you for being honest without being a blind fan, fans tend to just love everything about their team and to say anything bad they go crazy and call you a non fan or something, hell I had to argue with Cards this week cause they tried telling me signing CB Mike Jenkins was a good move cause he made the pro bowl in 2009, ha As DrdNeast loves Stocker we even have those Fans here in AZ too

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    I won’t disappoint you jongruden because I don’t think Conte is horrible.
    He might not be the greatest safety in the league, but he is far from horrible. I would rate him average and his salary reflects it.
    Of course the way you judge players they are either great or horrible with nothing in between.
    Conte is a very serviceable safety who made a few big plays last year and wasn’t burned from my recollection. Was also a very steady strong tackler.
    He was a step up from the overpaid bum he replaced who is now no longer in the league.

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    Last year everyone was excited that we picked up Swearinger at safety and he proved to be a bum. He was always out of position and couldn’t tackle worth a damn. Made one big hit (not a tackle) in the preseason and everyone thought he was an All Pro.
    For the most part safeties weren’t the problem with this defense last year except for McDougal who bit on the underneath patterns a couple of times when he should have been staying deep.
    I do like Luke Stocker for who he is and what he does jongruden.
    As the great Bill Bellichek says, “Just do your job, well.”
    Stocker more than fits that description.
    Now you try to tell me differently and I might listen to your inane rants.

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      BTw your example of two int’s for Conti is terrible two int’s is bad for a free safety

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    Conti sucks he doesn’t do anything well he is an average tackler at best and rarely makes a play on ball take notice by 6 passes defended last yr wow, that’s astonishing for a free safety. Examples of average players for us since you think I don’t know any ex: Clinton Mcdonald, Hawley, Dotson, Brate, Banks, Murphy, Ghodston, Spence, Glennon just to name a few.
    Problem with what Stocker does well which is blocking is he is a TE I repeat a TE, that’s like saying you like Michael Clayton cause he blocks well which he did and so what, you are at a position which requires you be make a difference in the passing game and 300 yds for 4 yrs is terrible and 60 for the entire yr last yr wow. Every team has that blocking TE they use on run packages the difference is they don’t get the player of the week awards from team publications and over hyped recognition from fans. Like I said Cards have the same TE in Troy Niklas who comes in for run packages and does very well at it, guess what I don’t hear a peep from fans or Cards Publications about how important he is, the difference in Tampa is we seem to over hype mediocre players, its a losers mentality and it needs to stop

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    We are weak at safety. There is absolutely no denying it. As far as Conte goes I wouldn’t say he sucks. I would say he’s average at best. If he stays healthy and He fits in Smiths scheme well, he is athletic enough to be possibly better than average. Let’s face it everyone looked like crap in the secondary in Lovies defense so not holding that against him. McDougald has potential but I’m thinking he would be a back up on lots of other teams that have better than average safeties. Tandy has flashed some but our depth isn’t good either at safety.

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    Conte’s two INT’s were two more than the previous safeties the previous year who we paid a boatload of cash to.
    He went to DC and I think he had one. Now he is gone.
    Since you speak with so much authority about what is an average INT rate for a safety in the NFL jongruden, perhaps you could shed some light on what the overall average is.
    I know Arizona has a great safety in the Honey Badger, but his INT numbers aren’t the norm.

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      Since you don’t know much about the Cards let me educate you Rashad Johnson the free safety for Cards had 5 int’s last yr who was not resigned by the Cards as the wanted to upgrade the position and signed free agent branch from KC who was a back up to Berry. Class dismissed

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    Oh and one more thing jongruden, our previous safety, Goldson, was a great “hitter” but a crummy tackler.
    Unfortunately for him the NFL takes a dim view on hitting defenseless players nowadays and since his ability to tackle is subpar, he no longer is playing in the NFL.
    Do you now understand the difference between hitting and tackling.

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    What the hell are you even talking about? We are not talking about Gholdston are we? We are talking about Conto who was waived by the Bears for being roasted in coverage in Chicago not to mention we signed the other bum safety from Chicago in Major Wright seem a theme here? We are signing sub par safeties who were both released from Chicago who themselves are in need of secondary help. If your happy with Conti which seems like you are than good for you, I don’t settle for mediocrity just because the wear the Tampa Uniform.

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    What am I talking about? You were the one who said he was an average tackler. I maintain he is a good tackler.
    Was not aware of Rashad Johnson’s INT stats but they sound good. Wish the Bucs had signed him.
    Picking up a backup to Eric Barry doesn’t sound like the best move in the world though.
    Are you sure the Cards didn’t go that direction because Johnson was asking for too much money.
    For some reason I think that might be the case instead of the reason you gave.
    Let’s wait until the season starts before you start crowing about a backups play.

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    Per Arians in a news conference “we wanted to be bigger and more athletic at safety” Tyvon Branch backed up Eric Berry who could be the best free safety in league so that’s no discredit to Branch. Chris Conti wouldn’t even make the Cards Roster much less start for them, just like he couldn’t make the Bears pitiful secondary in Chicago

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