Ask the expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on August 17, 2017 · 0 comments

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Jerry Angelo is a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo answers your questions regarding the NFL. Send your questions to GarySheltonsports@gmail.com with "ask the expert'' in the subject line. The most interesting questions will be selected.

Thursday, 4 a.m.

I keep reading that Roberto Aguayo was the worst draft pick in history. Granted, he wasn’t good while he was here. But I think it’s silly for a league that drafted Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, Booker Reese and Aundray Bruce to say he was anywhere close to the first. I can name five second-rounders the Bucs have drafted who were worse. Do you agree or not?

Hey, let’s not go overboard with a high-round draft pick getting cut. It happens to every team. You just can’t make it a habit.

I would be more concerned why you would draft a kicker in the second round. To me, that was very questionable given the fact the Bucs were not a good team

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Trent and Rah: Reflections of Jacksonville

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Thursday, 3 a.m.

The last shred of optimism to surround Raheem Morris died here.

The last ounce of greatness by the Tampa Bay Bucs' defense did, too.

And, the wheels were greased for the end of the Trent Dilfer era.

That's the thing about the Bucs playing the Jacksonville Jaguars. Too often, it has meant the demise of someone's career. So when Tampa Bay plays tonight against the Jaguars, well, they had better tread lightly. Too many times, going to Jacksonville has been a trip to nowhere at all.

Remember the game in 2011? If so, you probably wake up screaming in the night.

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Rays’ stranded runners haunt them in defeat

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Faria's start wasn't awful, but he took the loss./CARMEN MANDATO

Faria's start wasn't awful, but he took the loss./CARMEN MANDATO

Thursday, 2 a.m.

As the victories have disappeared for the Tampa Bay Rays, there is no doubt of where they have gone.

To die at second base, and to be abandoned at third.

Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays left a victory on base Wednesday night. They lost, 3-2, and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Over their last 12 games (3-9), the Rays have gone five-for-62, a 0.81 batting average.

Throw in a leaky defense — such as a ball bouncing over the head of Mallex Smith, who

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Second episode of Hard Knocks invites you inside

by Gary Shelton on August 16, 2017 · 0 comments

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Koetter comes across well in Hard Knocks./CARMEN MANDATO

Koetter comes across well in Hard Knocks./CARMEN MANDATO

Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.

Imagine you could be in the room.

Imagine you could pull up a chair between general manager Jason Licht, coach Dirk Koetter and ex-kicker Roberto Aguayo.

Imgine you could listen to Jameis Winston's chatter, or Gerald McCoy's goofing around, or play toy guns with Brent Grimes.

Yeah, that's what Hard Knocks is like.

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Bucs’ defense hopes to play better, look sharper

August 16, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 am. A dozen plays, and zero points. A dozen plays, and back-peddling. A dozen plays, and nothing to brag about. A dozen plays, and there was more escape than there was excellence. A brief look, and what do you think of your Tampa Bay Bucs today? A dozen plays, and the Bucs are […]

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Snell, of all people, ends Rays’ slide with first win

August 16, 2017 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. Perhaps the most surprising part of the recent nose-dive by the Tampa Bay Rays is the guy who ended it. Blake Snell? Who had him in the pool? Snell earned his first victory of the season Tuesday night, and he gave the Rays at least a moment’s respite from their 2-8 slump, […]

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Can the Bucs build a decent running attack?

August 15, 2017 general

Tuesday, 5 a.m. Do the Tampa Bay Bucs have too many running backs? Or do they have enough? Throughout the off-season, the Bucs seemed happy with their stable of runners. They were firm in their backing of Doug Martin, even though Martin will start the season with a three-game suspension. They like Charles Sims, although […]

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Who should the Bucs have taken instead of Aguayo?

August 15, 2017 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Looking back, we all agree it was a bad pick. The glee in which the Bucs pulled it off only serves to make it worse. Looking back, it was boneheaded. It was foolhardy. It was knuckle-headed. It was a team looking to show how smart it was, only to prove the opposite. […]

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Heard this before? Punchless Rays lose again

August 15, 2017 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Alex Colome, the closer for the Tampa Bay Rays, has one save in 12 days. Lately, there has been no saving the Rays. Tampa Bay lost for the eighth time in their last 10 games Monday night, absorbing a 2-1 loss to the last-place Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1. The Rays have scored […]

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Tebow has a single in victory over Threshers

August 15, 2017 general

Tuesday, 2 a.m. He is not the first quarterback taken in the first round. He is not the first quarterback to have the league pass on his talents. He is not the first Christian quarterback. Tim Tebow is not the first former Florida quarterback to fizzle out of the NFL. He is not the first […]

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