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Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds solutions your questions from the @PewterReport Twitter account every week within the Bucs Monday Mailbag. Submit your query to the Bucs Monday Mailbag every week by way of Twitter utilizing the hashtag #PRMailbag. Listed below are the questions we selected to reply for this week’s version.
QUESTION: Todd Bowles will at all times be aggressive, but when our four-man rush is healthier will we blitz much less? Joe Tryon-Shoyinka ought to be an improve over a battered Jason Pierre-Paul, and Akiem Hicks might be a game-changer subsequent to Vita Vea if wholesome.
ANSWER: Todd Bowles believes in his blitz-heavy scheme and that received’t change. The Bucs blitzed on a league-high 40.8% of their snaps and had a stress fee of 28.6% in 2021. Having mentioned that, Bowles will alter his sport plan in response to the opponent that Tampa Bay faces on a weekly foundation.
In Tremendous Bowl LV on the conclusion of the 2020 season, Bowles properly didn’t blitz Kansas Metropolis QB Patrick Mahomes. He discovered a lesson from a 27-24 loss in Week 12 that 12 months, when Mahomes threw for a pair of touchdowns and over 200 yards within the first quarter of that defeat. As a substitute, he relied on the entrance 4 to use stress. Ndamukong Suh had 1.5 sacks and Shaquil Barrett had a sack and a number of pressures within the sport. Some felt that Barrett ought to have been the Tremendous Bowl MVP as a result of how a lot stress he utilized on Mahomes.
If the Bucs’ entrance 4 of Barrett, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, Vita Vea and Logan Corridor or Akiem Hicks in nickel protection can win frequently, which may immediate Bowles to blitz a bit much less steadily. The Bucs are relying on Tryon-Shoyinka to make an enormous leap in 2022 in his first 12 months as a full-time starter. And Tampa Bay can also be relying on one other double-digit sack season from Barrett, who made his second Professional Bowl final 12 months.
However the Bucs will at all times be a blitzing crew so long as Bowles is asking the performs. Tampa Bay has recorded 47 sacks, 48 sacks and 47 sacks within the three seasons Bowles has been main the protection. That’s put the Bucs within the prime 5 in the case of sacks annually. The outcomes communicate for themselves.
QUESTION: How’s the left guard battle going? Who’s seeking to be the principle returner? Is Rachaad White definitely worth the hype?
ANSWER: Three good questions, but three questions that we don’t have the ultimate reply to proper now. At left guard, veteran Aaron Stinnie took the vast majority of beginning reps within the OTAs and mini-camp. Robert Hainsey and rookie Luke Goedeke obtained some reps at left guard too. Nick Leverett has been used primarily as a backup at proper guard behind Shaq Mason and at heart behind Ryan Jensen and Hainsey.
It looks as if the job is Stinnie’s to lose. I feel the Bucs would really feel extra snug with a veteran blocking for Tom Brady in what might be his remaining 12 months in Tampa Bay. The Bucs have began a rookie offensive lineman earlier than in proper sort out Tristan Wirfs in 2020. However there’s a expertise distinction between Wirfs, who was chosen No. 13 general, and Goedeke, who was a mid-second-round choose. There’s a likelihood that Goedeke might finally win the beginning job sooner or later this season, however in Week 1 in opposition to Dallas, I might guess on Stinnie proper now.
As for the principle return specialist, Jaelon Darden is the chief within the clubhouse proper now. However I might control undrafted free agent Deven Thompkins. He has expertise doing each at Utah State. Thompkins averaged 24.9 yards per kick return and 14.3 yards per punt return with one landing for the Aggies. Thompkins confirmed off his 4.35 velocity in OTAs and the mini-camp, and is completely electrical. He’s sooner than Darden, who ran a 4.46 popping out of North Texas. Coaching camp and the preseason will determine who wins the job.
Is Rachaad White definitely worth the hype? We’ll discover out in camp and the preseason when the pads come on. White rushed for 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns final 12 months at Arizona State. But it surely was his skill within the passing sport that attracted the Bucs to him. White averaged over 10 yards per catch on 43 receptions final 12 months. He has nice, pure palms and sneaky velocity. The coaches and scouts raved about his offseason. I think White will wind up as Leonard Fournette’s main backup, beating out Ke’Shawn Vaughn for these duties.
QUESTION: What’s going to be taking place with Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul? Gotta discover a solution to preserve them in a Bucs uniform!
ANSWER: That’s not going to occur. The Bucs have already moved on from Jason Pierre-Paul. They clearest proof of that’s the truth that Tampa Bay has already given JPP’s No. 90 jersey to rookie defensive sort out Logan Corridor. Pierre-Paul is 33 and his physique is breaking down from years of punishment. JPP missed 5 video games final 12 months and was largely ineffective in most others after struggling a critical shoulder harm in Week 1.
As for Ndamukong Suh, the Bucs have now drafted Logan Corridor with the No. 33 general choose and signed veterans Akiem Hicks and Deadrin Senat. That’s three new defensive tackles in Tampa Bay. The signing of Hicks just about closed the door on Suh’s return. Suh had an incredible sport in opposition to the Rams within the playoffs. However that will turn into his final sport in crimson and pewter.
Professional Soccer Focus gave Suh a 49.4 general grade final 12 months. Hicks earned a 72.3 general grade from PFF by comparability. Whereas Suh has racked up back-to-back seasons with six sacks, the crew believes a youthful, extra athletic defensive sort out would have eight to 12 sacks given the identical cross rush alternatives that Suh had. The Bucs imagine the 35-year outdated Suh has misplaced a step as a cross rusher and as a run defender.
QUESTION: Do you guys have to supply the gamers something to return on the Pewter Report Podcast? Additionally how does one grow to be a Corridor of Fame voter and may the present voter get replaced?
ANSWER: No, Pewter Report has by no means paid a participant – or any visitor – to return on the Pewter Report Podcast. In full disclosure, CELSIUS paid Scotty Miller to look on the podcast in 2021 as a result of Miller is a CELSIUS-sponsored athlete. Miller was paid to endorse CELSIUS on the present along with speaking Bucs soccer with us. As you may know, CELISUS vitality drinks is the title sponsor of the Pewter Report Podcasts.
As for the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, Ira Kaufman is the present Corridor of Fame voter for the Buccaneers. For many years, the voter has been a main beat author or columnist for a significant native newspaper. Nevertheless, the rise of digital media and the decline – and elimination – of newspapers has modified the panorama. Kaufman used to work for the now-defunct Tampa Tribune.
When he retires from sports activities writing and offers up his submit because the Corridor of Fame voter, I think it would go to the Tampa Bay Instances’ Rick Stroud. He’s been on the Bucs beat a number of years longer than I’ve. That is my twenty seventh 12 months, and I feel Stroud has been doing it for 30 years or extra. I’ve by no means campaigned or petitioned for the job. However I do really feel like I might be good at it with my intimate data of the Bucs and expertise protecting the crew.
Possibly the Corridor of Fame torch might be handed from Kaufman to Stroud to myself at some point. Who is aware of? I’ve by no means been one to wish to win awards or obtain titles. I’ve by no means entered my writing in any sports activities writing contest. The one accomplishment I care about is the continued progress of PewterReport.com and writing informative and entertaining articles and columns for you – the diehard Bucs fan.