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Former Bucs RB Reggie Cobb dead at age 50

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Sad news on a Saturday as former Buccaneers workhorse running back from the early 90s, Reggie Cobb, has died unexpectedly at the age of 50.

Cobb had been an NFL scout for close to the past 20 years, including with the San Francisco 49ers since 2009.

The 49ers made the announcement Saturday afternoon:

49ers GM John Lynch said of the news,

“We are devastated by the sudden loss of a tremendous teammate and loyal friend, Reggie Cobb. Reggie was an enthusiastic and passionate person who had a special ability to brighten up a room with his personality and infectious smile. For 10 years, the 49ers were better because of Reggie and these unique qualities that he possessed. He was a top-notch scout and an exemplary man whose years of service to this organization and the National Football League will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this time of mourning.”

Cobb was a second-round pick of the Bucs by coach Ray Perkins in 1990 out of the University of Tennessee. He ran for 480 yards and two touchdowns starting 13 games his rookie year.

Cobb’s best season came in 1992 under then, first-year coach Sam Wyche, when he finished with 1,171 yards on the ground and a career-high nine touchdowns. Cobb went on to play for the Green Bay Packers, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets before retiring after the 1996 season.

Cobb got into scouting first with the Washington Redskins in 2001, then came back to the team that drafted him, Tampa Bay, as a scout for six years before joining the 49ers where he’s been for the past decade.

Cobb actually played his final season in Tampa Bay with Lynch, who was a rookie in 1993.

Tributes began to poured in very quickly from those around the league that have been around Cobb, including ESPN analyst and former NFL scout and personnel executive, Louis Riddick:

Cobb had been honored, as the NFC Scout of the Year in 2011 by the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

Cobb had a checkered college career at Tennessee that included him rushing for over 2,300 yards and 26 touchdowns. He left the Vols program in 1989, as its third all-time leading rusher.

Here was one of the big moments of his career with a lengthy TD run breaking tackles in the rain in Knoxville, as Tennessee knocked off Auburn in September of his final season:

However, Cobb battled drug problems, including failing four different drug tests before eventually being kicked off the team for good in late in his final season.

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Bucs Evans got respect from LeBron James Saturday night

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The new present day cliche’ for respect among athletes/opponents in sports is: “Game Recognizes Game.” And, there was a neat example of that Saturday night, as the Houston Rockets of the NBA hosted the L.A. Lakers. That’s when iconic NBA star LeBron James of the Lakers came over to acknowledge Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans in the seats behind him.

As you probably know, James is arguably the most recognizable and successful NBA hoops player worldwide in the last 10+ years. He’s a 15 time All Star, a four time MVP, and helped the Miami Heat win two World Championships. And, then came back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who originally drafted him out of high school, and led them to the city’s epic first professional title in any sport in over 50 years back in 2016.

And, LeBron has the Lakers rolling at 34-8 with another win in Houston last night.

As for Evans, he is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers biggest offensive weapon and was having a tremendous 2019 season statistically until it was cut short with a hamstring injury in the Bucs early December win over the Indianapolis Colts.

That’s when Evans suffered a severe hamstring injury on a 61 yard touchdown catch from Jameis Winston and did not play another down in 2019. Still, he joined teammate Chris Godwin, as they both went over 1,000 yards for the season, which was the first time in Tampa Bay history that that happened.

Evans is also only the second player in league history, besides Randy Moss, to have 1,000 or more yards receiving in a season in his first six years in the NFL.

Further, it’s also well-known that Evan is a huge fan of the NBA and he’s originally from Galveston, Texas and play in college at Texas A&M. So, it’s only fitting that he would be courtside during the off-season and the Rockets game against the Lakers.

Evans has made mention earlier in his career that he had met and talked to LeBron James on previous occasions. One reason that Evans brought that up during the season, was his touchdown celebration dance when Tampa Bay outgunned the L.A. Rams in late September.

In that 48 – 40 win Evans caught this clinching fourth-quarter bomb touchdown from Winston and then, celebrated with LeBron James’s signature dance move

James has previously and frequently used that on the court after a big moment, a big win or a championship.

Again “Game recognizes Game,” and clearly James wanted to give some recognition to the Bucs star whiteout Saturday night courtside at his own game.

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Several Bucs and Jaguars make PFWA All Rookie Team

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The Pro Football Writers Association unveiled their 2019 All-Rookie team Tuesday, and there were four state NFL players on the list.

The PFWA selected 22 total players for offense and defense, plus skill position players for special teams.

For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two of their defenders made the 11-person defensive list. First round pick outside linebacker, Devin White, who was named the Rookie of the month by the NFL for both November and December is there. White came on strong in the second half of the season, including scoring two defensive touchdowns on fumble returns down the stretch.

Also on the list was Buccaneers rookie defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting, who’s play improved as the season went on. Murphy-Bunting also recorded a game-clinching interception return for a touchdown against Detroit in December.

For the Jaguars, their first-round pick Josh Allen is also part of the all-defensive unit. Allen recorded 10.5 sacks and had another 11 tackles for loss in his inaugural season in Jacksonville. The PFWAA also placed Jaguars right tackle Jawaan Taylor on their all rookie offensive team. Taylor was solid as a starter on the right side of the Jags line.

Although it’s not surprising is that the writers selected former number one overall pick Kyler Murray of Arizona, as their top rookie quarterback, there was an argument to be made for Jaguars rookie Gardner Minshew at that position.

Minshew won six games as a starter, including leading the Jaguars to three different last-minute victories, which was one more than what Murray had this season despite him having better stats and more starts.

PFWA did not place a Dolphin on any of their all-rookie teams. Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, whom they took in the first round, could have received some consideration as he played solidly this season.

The writers selected defensive end  Nick Bosa of the 49ers, not only at their Defensive player of the year, but their overall Rookie of the Year for 2019. They did choose Oakland running back Josh Jacobs, as their offensive Rookie of the Year.

The NFL will announce its own all-rookie teams and Rookies of the year prior to the playing of Super Bowl 54 in Miami next month.

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