Scott Reynolds and Mark Cook sat down this week to begin breaking down the Bucs training camp situation with the 2016 season just on the horizon. In the first part of a new Pewter Pulse, Reynolds and Cook discuss which units they feel are strengths and which are weaknesses.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

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, the beach and family time.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 mark@pewterreport.com
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jme0151
jme0151
4 years ago

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.

georgehicks
georgehicks
4 years ago

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

jongruden
jongruden
4 years ago

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.

jongruden
jongruden
4 years ago

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

76Buc
76Buc
Reply to  jongruden
4 years ago

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.

jongruden
jongruden
4 years ago

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

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

We are weak at Safety.

jongruden
jongruden
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

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

drdneast
drdneast
4 years ago

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… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
4 years ago

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… Read more »

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