Can Otton Be TE1? Biggest Obstacle In ’22?

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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: What does Cade Otton must do to win TE1 job?

ANSWER: The Bucs actually like Cade Otton’s tape at Washington. They view him as a prototype Y tight finish – a participant that may be a receiving goal within the passing recreation and an in-line blocker. Whereas he definitely doesn’t have the bodily instruments that future Corridor of Famer Rob Gronkowski has, Otton needs to be a greater model of Cameron Brate when he beneficial properties expertise.

Bucs TE Cade Otton

Bucs TE Cade Otton – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

So, what does Otton need to do to turn into Tampa Bay’s beginning tight finish, changing the retired Gronkowski? The crew’s fourth-round decide has to get wholesome and keep wholesome. Otton missed all the offseason recovering from ankle surgical procedure from final fall. He needs to be cleared to take part in coaching camp. Otton took plenty of psychological reps throughout the OTAs and mini-camp, however he must get used to contact on the NFL stage. And he must develop chemistry with the Bucs’ quarterbacks.

For Otton to supplant Brate because the crew’s starter, he’ll must have a robust grasp of the playbook and the fundamentals – alignment and project. As soon as he has confirmed to the coaches – and to Tom Brady – that he will be dependable, Otton ought to wind up beginning forward of Brate eventually.

To essentially see some enjoying time, Otton additionally must hold hitting the burden room and get stronger as an in-line blocker. At Washington, he relied extra on approach and being a positional blocker somewhat than power and brute power. That sort of power may not come till 2023 when he can commit a complete offseason to power program.

QUESTION: What’s the Bucs’ greatest impediment in successful one other Tremendous Bowl?

ANSWER: The straightforward reply is thrashing the Saints within the division and the Rams within the convention. Tampa Bay is 0-7 in opposition to the Saints within the final seven video games in opposition to New Orleans. The Bucs are 0-3 of their final three video games in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams, together with a loss within the NFC Divisional playoffs final 12 months. However that’s not the largest impediment.

The largest impediment is the crew’s well being. The Bucs suffered a rash of accidents at cornerback all through many of the 12 months adopted by accidents at vast receiver late within the season. Tampa Bay’s offensive line bought banged up within the playoffs and that contributed to the loss to L.A. – the eventual Tremendous Bowl LVI champion.

It’s no coincidence that the Bucs’ two Tremendous Bowl seasons got here with very wholesome rosters these years. In 2002, Tampa Bay solely had one starter on injured reserve. That was Booger McFarland, and nostril sort out was a really replaceable place in Monte Kiffin’s protection. The Bucs didn’t miss McFarland as they cruised to a 48-21 win in Tremendous Bowl XXXVII in opposition to the Raiders. Chuck Darby and Buck Gurley stepped in and performed nicely in opposition to Oakland.

In 2020, the Bucs had been extremely wholesome all year long. Solely beginning proper guard Alex Cappa was on injured reserve. Aaron Stinnie stuffed in admirably and stored the offense buzzing. Whereas backup tight finish O.J. Howard was out for many of the season, Tampa Bay greater than bought by with Rob Gronkowski and tight finish Cam Brate. And the Bucs did get vast receiver Antonio Brown, a midseason signee, again from a knee harm for the Tremendous Bowl.

If Tampa Bay can keep wholesome, it has the expertise to win the Tremendous Bowl once more in 2022.

QUESTION: Can we count on to see Logan Corridor within the rotation at edge like Joe Tryon-Shoyinka was inside final 12 months?

Bucs DT Logan Hall

Bucs DT Logan Corridor – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

ANSWER: I don’t suppose so. I wouldn’t rule out Logan Corridor, the crew’s new 3-technique defensive sort out, getting just a few reps outdoors on the sting throughout his rookie 12 months. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has even used Professional Bowl nostril sort out Vita Vea as an edge rusher in just a few defenses during the last two years. However Corridor will probably be spending 90%-95% of his reps in between the tackles.

Joe Tryon-Shoyinka noticed an honest quantity of reps inside final 12 months as a result of the Bucs lacked fast, penetrating inside defensive linemen. Corridor’s arrival, plus the addition of veteran Akiem Hicks, ought to assist alleviate that. Tryon-Shoyinka will nonetheless see a while inside in some nickel rush packages, particularly when Shaq Barrett and Anthony Nelson are wholesome. The Bucs like Nelson’s growth and need to get him on the sphere extra at outdoors linebacker in 2022.

QUESTION: Will Tom Brady have extra mixed touchdowns than the protection has sacks?

ANSWER: That’s a really fascinating query. Tom Brady threw for a Bucs-record and a league-high 43 landing passes final 12 months. He additionally two dashing scores, in order that’s a mixed 45 complete TDs. Again in 2020, which was Brady’s first 12 months in Tampa Bay, he threw for 40 touchdowns and ran for 3 extra scores. That was a complete of 43 TDs.

The Bucs’ protection had 48 sacks in 2020 and 47 sacks final 12 months. So, in each seasons, Tampa Bay’s protection had extra sacks than Brady had mixed touchdowns. I might count on that development to proceed in 2022.

Even when Brady goes nuts and throws for 45 TDs this 12 months and rushes for 3 or 4 extra, I might nonetheless see the Bucs’ protection getting extra sacks. It’s only a hunch, however I feel Tampa Bay’s protection appears poised for 50 sacks or extra this season.

QUESTION: You guys did every thing (after which some) to ship nice content material regardless of lack of entry throughout COVID protocols. I do know that may make issues troublesome to get inside scoops on the crew. Have issues loosened up for this season (i.e. locker room entry, interview availability, and so on)?

Scott Reynolds and Bucs LB Lavonte David

Scott Reynolds and Bucs LB Lavonte David – Photograph by: Mark Prepare dinner/PR

ANSWER: Thanks very a lot for the praise! We at Pewter Report definitely tried our greatest to ship information and inside scoop throughout the COVID-affected 2020 and 2021 seasons. It was an actual problem with most of the interviews being performed by way of Zoom somewhat than in particular person. That meant hardly ever getting any one-on-one interviews (even by way of Zoom) with Bucs gamers and never a lot unique content material.

Fortunately, the COVID protocols have been lifted by the NFL and we’ve resumed having face-to-face interviews this offseason. That can proceed into coaching camp, and we’ll lastly have open locker room once more for the primary time for the reason that 2019 season. I can’t wait. It’s that setting while you construct belief and relationship with the gamers. Not solely will they open up and provides some inside scoop and unique content material, however the gamers are extra comfy within the locker room and can normally ship higher quotes in that setting.