Welcome to a new week, and a new Pewter and Read. Let’s get started.
- NFL.com has once again featured the Buccaneers, who are quietly drawing a bit of attention thanks to an offseason with big acquisitions and some quarterback drama. Dan Hanzus of NFL.com’s Around the League had four bullet points to discuss about the Bucs, focusing on Josh Freeman and the defense. He compares Josh to a Batman villan, and sings the praises of GM Mark Dominik and the defense he has constructed. Check it out.
- As we discussed on The Pewter Plank earlier this offseason, the Buccaneers can’t put too much on Doug Martin’s shoulders. Travis Wakeman at Bleacher Report agrees, and speculates that the Bucs may not have enough depth behind the promising young Boise State product. This is certain to be an interesting battle over the remaining offseason, as the Buccaneers must find runners worthy of giving Martin much-needed breaks, to prevent Martin from being overused.
- Also over at Bleacher Report, Jon Dove gave his biggest offseason disappointment for every team, and had a very interesting choice for the Buccaneers. He writes that the saga surrounding Eric Wright was the biggest disappointment for the Buccaneers, which is certainly an interesting way of looking at it. Losing Michael Bennett or failing to upgrade at defensive end or tight end could be seen as disappointing developments, but instead he chooses to name the bargain basement re-signing of a somewhat disappointing long-term free agent signee as a disappointment. But I understand the premise behind his decision, and the career of Eric Wright to this point has certainly been disappointing. Wright has a ton of talent, he just can’t seem to put it all on the field and remain focused on the task at hand while also staying out of the training room with another nagging injury.
- To end on a somewhat encouraging note, Pat Yasinskas at ESPN.com has started an NFC South top 25, and has named Da”Quan Bowers as his 25th best player in the division, and gives some positive comments about the Bucs’ promising pass rusher. You can read it here.
That’s it for today! Be sure to leave any interesting thoughts, comments, or ideas in the comments, and stop by tomorrow for more Bucs’ thoughts and opinions.