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  • **-Blacks 2007 Mock Season**

    this is meant to be entertaining moreso then a prediction....

    its amazing what boredom can force you to do while in class lol

    The 2007 NFL Draft

    1. Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech
    2 a. Ryan Kalil C USC
    2 b. Tim Crowder DE Texas
    3. Brandon Mebane DT California
    4. Tanard Jackson DB Syracuse
    5. Darius Walker RB Notre Dame
    7. Marcus Thomas DT Florida

    C pick-Ryne Robinson WR/KR Miami (Ohio)
    C pick-Tarell Brown CB Texas

    "Thanks for drafting me coach Gruden, I'm estatic to be a Buc"

    Pre-season/Training Camp

    Simms and Garcia have a very heated battle with Simms eventually becoming the opening day starter with solid play in the preseason. Kevin Carter moves inside to UT and the Bucs convert rookie DB Tanard Jackson to Free Safety where he is set to back up Will Allen. The Bucs traded Brian Kelly to the Dolphins for undisclosed/conditional picks in the 2008 NFL Draft. Second year CB Zematis secured the nickle back job in camp while Buchanan stepped up and will start opposite Ronde Barber. Tanard Jackson also took reps at CB in the pre-season and could see action there if needed.

    Opening Day Starting Roster

    QB-Chris Simms
    RB-Carnell Williams
    FB-Mike Alstott
    WR-Joey Galloway
    WR-Michael Clayton
    TE-Alex Smith
    LT-Luke Petitgough
    LG-Anthony Davis
    C-Ryan Kalil
    RG-Davin Joseph
    RT-Jeremy Trueblood

    DE-Simeon Rice
    DE-Greg Spires
    DT-Chris Hovan
    UT-Kevin Carter
    SLB-Cato June
    ILB-Barrett Rudd
    WLB-Derrick Brooks
    CB-Ronde Barber
    CB-Phillip Buchanon
    FS-Will Allen
    SS-Jermain Phillips

    1. @ Seattle 27-17 L

    The NFC West Champions from 2006 ran the ball early and often at the Buc front four as the Seahawks built a 21-3 lead at halftime behind Shaun Alexanders 74 yards rushing in the half. He ended the day with 123 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns. Matt Hassleback completed passes to 7 different receivers and hit Deion Branch on a 44 yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. QB Chris Simms was under pressure early and started the game off with 5 incompletions. Cadilac was held to 73 yards rushing as the Bucs had to abaondon the run game to come back. Trailing 24-3 in the fourth Simms hooked up with number 1 draft pick Calvin Johnson on a 23 yard fade route. The rookie had a very impressive debut hauling in three other passes but veteran Joey Galloway lead the team in catches and yards. After a fumble by Alexander set up a short field for the Bucs offense, Carnell Williams galloped his way in for a 7 yard touchdown run. In the end Seattle would run the ball 7 straight times for two first downs exhausting the Bucs defense of energy (and timeouts) and they nailed a FG to end the game with 2 minutes left. Barrett Rudd lead the defense with 11 tackles and Greg Spires and Chris Hovan combined for 2.5 sacks. Rookoe C Ryan Kalil was flagged for 3 penalties in the 2nd quarter for 20 yards.

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 20/33 226 yards 1 TD 2 Int
    Carnell Williams 16 carries 73 yards 1 TD
    Calvin Johnson 4 rec 76 yards 1 TD
    Joey Galloway 7 catches 113 yards

    2. Saints 24-28 L

    Chris Simms had a coming out party but the Bucs still lost a nail biter after a 13 play 94 yard GW Touchdown drive capped off by a 13 yard TD catch by RB Reggie Bush. Simms threw three touchdown passes, two of them to Joey Galloway, and drove the team down for the go ahead touchdown with 1:43 left in the game. Even though they lost, expect some of the rumblings of the Jeff Garcia fan-club to cease. Michael Clayton scored a touchdown and Calvin Johnson had 92 yards receiving including a dazzling one handed circus catch to put Bucs in field goal range early in the fourth. Carnell Williams could never quite get going, being held to under 70 yards rushing. Drew Bree’s threw for 255 yards and Deuce McCalister ran for over 100 and a score. Simeon Rice had his first sack of the season although it was negated due to a helmet to helmet shot.

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 18/30 271 yards 3 TD 0 INT
    Carnell Williams 19 carries 69 yards
    Calvin Johnson 5 catches 92 yards
    Joey Galloway 2 catches 47 yards 2 TD
    Michael Clayton 4 catches 72 yards 1 TD

    3. Rams 20-14 W

    Gruden stated during the week he wanted to get Cadilac going and by the end of the day Caddy had ran all over the Rams defense. The Bucs controlled the clock for 39 minutes and Williams ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie C Ryan Kalil, who had struggled to in his first two games as a starter stepped up and had his best game to date. The Bucs line as a whole protected Simms and allowed zero sacks and only 3 hurries. Simms threw one INT, but it was a hail mary attempt at the end of the 1st half. The Bucs lead 20-0 but the Rams Stephen Jackson scored 2 touchdowns in consecutive possesions in the fourth quarter to keep it close. Marc Bulger left the game with a seperated left shoulder after being gang sacked by the Bucs front four,. Rookie DE Tim Crowder grabbed the first sack of his career and the Bucs got the first victory of 2007.

    The Caddy is back

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 16/23 185 yards 0 TD 1 INT
    Carnell Williams 28 carries 146 yards 2 TD
    Calvin Johnson 1 catch 28 yards
    Joey Galloway 4 catches 52 yards
    Alex Smith 6 catches 61 yards

    4. @ Carolina 7-21 L

    Chris Simms and the Bucs offense could not get going as undefeated Panthers scored 21 unawnsered points in the 2nd quarter and held the Bucs scoreless the rest of the way. Chris Simms was under pressure the entire game, and was sacked 4 times, 2 of them by Julius Peppers. After throwing his 2nd INT in the Redzone Gruden pulled him in favor of Jeff Garcia in the 3rd quarter. On Garcia’s very first play from scrimmage, he was sacked and fumbled, which was recovered by Thomas Davis who returned it for a TD (which was called back by a holding penalty). Jake Delhome threw for a season best three TD’s but also threw 3 INT’s, which helped the Bucs stay in the game longer than they should have. The first INT by Buchanon put the Bucs at the 4 yardline which allowed Carnell Williams to score the Bucs first and only TD of the game. The Bucs offensive line allowed 7 sacks and 4 of Simms passes were batted down at the line of scrimmage.

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 8/17 96 yards 0 TD 2 INT
    Jeff Garcia 9/15 107 yards 0 TD 0 INT
    Carnell Williams 23 carries 84 yards 1 TD
    Calvin Johnson 3 catches 49 yards
    Joey Galloway 5 catches 66 yards

    5. @ Colts 13-16 L

    After a very contraversial decision to start Simms, Gruden watched as the Bucs lost their second game in a row and fourth on the season. The Bucs defense played lights out, reminiscnet of the old days as they sacked QB Peyton Manning 4 times and held the Colts offense to only 257 yards of total offense. RB Joseph Addai could only manage 43 yards on 17 carries and Derrick Brooks had 13 tackles. Down 9-13 in the fourth, Manning found Harrison three times for three first downs and then hit TE Dallas Clark for a 7 yard TD. DT Anthony McFarland had his best day as a Colt, registering a sack and totaling 4 TFL and a fumble recovery. Carnell Williams had a tremendous day, rushing for 162 yards highlighted by a 55 yard TD early in the first half. Chris Simms was very protective of the ball, chosing to dump off to backs and TE’s rather then risking a turnover. Michael Clayton had his best game this season, coming just short of 100 yards receiving. On 4th and 14 with 15 seconds left at the Colts 45, Simms threw his only INT as he lofted a ball to Calvin Johnson, who was double covered. Marlin Jackson tipped the pass to himself and kneeled the ball at the 20, preserving the win. Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, and Simeon Rice shared a hug with head coach Tony Dungry after the game, and joined in on the Colts prayer.

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 16/25 189 yards 0 TD 1 INT
    Carnell Williams 24 carries 162 yards 1 TD
    Calvin Johnson 3 catches 32 yards
    Michael Clayton 9 catches 92 yards

    6. Titans 31-10 W

    The Bucs jumped on Titan Qb Vince Young early and soon afterward dominated. Young, fresh off a four touchdown performance in week 5, was baited into two INT’s by Ronde Barber and was held to 122 yards passing. He rushed for 44 yards, but was also sacked 3 times bringing his net total yards rushing to 29. Simms had his first career 300 yard game as he went deep for rookie sensation Calvin Johnson early in the 1st quarter for a 57 yard touchdown catch and run. Johnson was named rookie of the week after his two touchdown performance. The game did bring some bad news, as RB Carnell Williams substained an injury to his left ankle. He left the game in the third quarter but MRI’s came up negative. He was seen limping back to the bench to watch the rest of the game early in the fourth. The performance by Simms likely means he will continue to be the teams starting QB. Gruden responded to reporters by saying “well I love Chris man. He is a good kid, and its good to see him perform the way we all know he can. But he and this team still has a long way to go”.

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 20/28 302 yards 3 TD 1 INT
    Carnell Williams 13 carries 58 yards
    Darius Walker 9 carries 48 yards
    Calvin Johnson 8 catches 146 yards 2 TD
    Joey Galloway 5 catches 102 yards

    7. @ Detroit 20-13 W

    It was reported by ESPN that RB Carnell Williams would miss 3-4 weeks with a severly sprained ankle, but the news got even worse when starting QB Chris Simms, fresh off his career best performance, was knocked out of the game on the teams first drive Sunday. Simms, was taken to the locker room and treated for a concussion and bruised ribs. The timetable for his concern is unknown at this time. Jeff Garcia stepped in and threw for 256 yards and a touchdown against his former team. Rookie RB Darius Walker and RB Michael Pittman shared the ball carrying duties, and Walker impressed with 71 yards on 14 touches. Galloway had his third 100 yard receiving performance of the year and Mike Alstott scored his first TD of the season on 1 yard run. The Bucs sacked QB Jon Kitna 3 times, and held Bell to 56 yards rushing.

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms (Injured on first drive)
    Carnell Williams (DNP)
    Calvin Johnson 3 catches 61 yards
    Joey Galloway 7 catches 112 yards
    Darius Walker 14 carries 71 yards
    Michael Pittman 8 carries 55 yards (1 TD reception)
    Mike Alstott 5 carries 22 yards 1 TD
    Michael Clayton 4 catches 51 yards

    8. Jags 10-12 L

    The Bucs had a dreadful day on offense, only able to gain 233 yards total and allowing 3 sacks and 10 QB hurries. They also allowed their first 100 yard back since week 2, as Jones-Drew had 102 yards rushing, capped by a 44 yard run to set up the GW FG. The Bucs didnt allow a TD, but the jags were 4/4 on FG’s.

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms (DNP)
    Carnell Williams (DNP)
    Calvin Johnson 1 catch 12 yards
    Joey Galloway 5 catches 72 yards
    Michael Clayton 3 catches 47 yards

    9. Cardinals 26-20 W

    The Bucs enter the Bye week on a good note after a solid game against the red hot Cardinals. QB Matt Leinart, who had a rating of 103.4 the pass four games, threw 2 INT’s and only 1 TD to Anquan Boldin. Garcia made plays with his feet and threw for two touchdowns, giving him a case for the starting job after the bye week. Simms had hoped he would play in the game, but was downgraded from questionable to doubtful on Friday. Edgerin James had 77 yards and a TD, but could not convert a key fourth and 1 late in the fourth quarter. Will Allen sealed the victory with an INT. Darius Walker had a career best 148 yards total and Simeon Rice abused LT Joe Thomas with 3 sacks.

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms (DNP)
    Carnell Williams (DNP)
    Calvin Johnson 5 catches 60 yards 1 TD
    Joey Galloway 2 catches 27 yards 1 TD
    Darius Walker 17 carries 80 yards 1 TD (6 catches 68 yards)
    Michael Clayton 2 catches 14 yards

    Bye week

    **Chris Simms named starter again**

    10. @ Atlanta 21-23 L

    The Bucs lost a heartbreaker as QB Michael Vick had 77 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the second half. The Bucs scored two touchdowns early, both to rookie WR Calvin Johnson (who was booed by many local fans during his entrance). The return and Cadliac and Simms could not off-set the energy that Vick brought to the offense after halftime. Trailing 21-10, Vick hit Joe Horn for a 23 yard touchdown in the third quarter and then put on a super man cape in the fourth. A short scuffle between FS Brandon Merriweather, CB Deangello Hall, Calvin Johnson, and Michael Pittman occured in the first half after Johnson beat Hall for a second touchdown. Merriweather was tossed from the game after refusing to settle down after warnings from the referee. Hall said after the game “I’m still the best CB in the league, Calvin, all he does is push off. The ref should have made the call because its obvious by the way I fell down”. When asked by reporters about the pushing incident Calvin smiled and said “I wonder what his excuse will be next time”

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 23/33 274 yards 2 TD 2 INT
    Carnell Williams 16 carries 64 yards
    Calvin Johnson 9 catches 128 yards 2 TD
    Joey Galloway 4 catches 51 yards
    Michael Clayton-6 catches 75 yards

    11. Redskins 42-7 W

    The Bucs played their best game of the season as Simms had his career best game and solidified his job as the starter. Calvin Johnson once again earned rookie of the week after his consecutive game with two touchdown catches. The first one, was a 4 yard curl at the goal line. But the second was against former 1st round pick Carlos Rogers and went for 62 yards (a season long for Johnson). Redkins DB Sean Taylor said after the game “this kid is going to be special in this league”. Pittman and Taylor shared a handshake before the game, publicly putting pass their differences resulting from a 2005 playoff game. Cato June had a season best 15 tackles and picked off QB Jason Cambell. The day was not complete, until the Bucs made history after a Clinton Portis TD. Rookie WR Ryne Robinson, finally ended the Bucs bad fortune and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Not only did he become the first Buc to do so, but he did it in style, returning it for an NFL record 109 yards. Raymound James stadium blasted the cannons continuously and the team was flagged for excessive celebration, unsportsmanlike conduct, and delay of game. Robinson had this to say “It felt great to be apart of something so special to this franchise. I mean we were alreading blowing them out, but this put the cherry on top–“aye give me my ball back”. The Bucs defense only allowed 288 yards, and sacked Campbell a season high 8 times.

    Simms has coming out party, and a record is broken

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 30/37 330 yards 3 TD 1 INT
    Carnell Williams 15 carries 74 yards
    Calvin Johnson 6 catches 94 yards
    Joey Galloway 4 catches 101 yards
    Michael Clayton-2 catches 27 yards
    Alex Smith 8 catches 79 yards 1 TD

    12. @ Saints 3-31 L

    After the high of one of the most memorable games in Bucs history, the overconfident Bucs team was humbled by a Saints team in need of a win. Brees only threw for 133 yards but the Saints ground game was deadly, which Bush and McCalister combining for 186 yards on the ground. Simms was under constant pressure and sacked 5 times. Being down early forced the Bucs to abandon the ground game and ultimately took them out of rhythm. The Bucs drop to 5-7 and their hopes to win the division had all but vanished.

    Simms and the Bucs struggle

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 17/39 202 yards 0 TD 1 INT
    Carnell Williams 11 carries 34 yards
    Calvin Johnson 4 catches 72 yards
    Joey Galloway 3 catches 31 yards
    Michael Clayton 7 catches 81 yards

    13. @ Houston 21-17 W

    With their playoff hopes on the line the Bucs played a very inspired game and found a way to win on the road against a tough Texan defense. Mario Williams was a force, with 1.5 sacks and hurries, but Simms had enough time to lead the Bucs down for the go ahead touchdown in the third quarter. After allowing Schaub to throw 2 TD’s, the Bucs defense forced 4 three and outs in the fourth quarter and did not allow any points. Ahman Green was held to 46 yards, but Carnell Williams finally got back over the century mark as he ran for 103 tough yards and a career high three touchdowns. Darius Walker had a dazzling 44 yard scamper and Michael Clayton had a beautiful sideline catch in the fourth to keep a drive alive and run out the clock. The Bucs improve to 6-7.

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 17/24 195 yards 0 TD 0 INT
    Carnell Williams 22 carries 103 yards 3 TD
    Calvin Johnson 2 catches 13 yards
    Joey Galloway 5 catches 70 yards
    Darius Walker 3 carries 61 yards 3 catches 33 yards
    Michael Clayton 6 catches 75 yards

    14. Falcons 24-20 W

    The “rematch” turned out to be as good as advertised, as the two playoff contenders and division rivals played an exciting game from beginning to end. Michael Vick played an outstanding game,l throwing for 255 yards and running for another 58, but Brooks and Co found just enough defense to stop him late. Calvin Johnson beat DeAngello Hall on a skinny post where Hall was fooled in backpedal into thinking CJ was going for a go-route (the kind he was beat on 3 times in the first meeting). Alstott had a big fourth quarter, carrying 6 times and scoring a touchdown with 4:34 left to cut the Falcons lead to 17-20. After two sacks and an incomplete lead to a three and out, Simms marched the Bucs down to the Falcons 18. On 3rd and 7, he found WR Maurice Stovall on a slant. Stovall caught it at the 8 and after a couple of jukes dove to the pilon. After some indecision, the referee signaled for a TD, which brought cheers from the sell out crowd. The Bucs improve to .500 and still have a legit shot at the playoffs. DeAngello Hall was unavailable for comments after the game.

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 19/30 266 yards 2 TD 0 INT
    Carnell Williams 17 carries 70 yards
    Calvin Johnson 8 catches 111 yards 1 TD
    Joey Galloway 1 catch 9 yards
    Darius Walker 9 carries 42 yards
    Mike Alstott 6 carries 35 yards 1 TD
    Maurice Stovall 5 catches 62 yards 1 TD
    Michael Clayton (DNP)

    15. @ 49ers 30-20 W

    With playoff hopes alive the Bucs went out on NBC and played perhaps their most inspired game of the year. Simms turned in another gutty performance twice hitting receivers in stride as he got bulldozed by rookie DE Adam Carriker. Frank Gore turned in 123 yards rushing but Caddy and his newly found running partner Darius Walker combined for 146 yards. Calvin Johnson made ESPN’s top plays as his one handed grab with two defenders drapped on him (which caused defensive pass interference) was named the best play of the week. Ronde Barber sealed the win with a 75 yard TD INT with 1:23 left as Alex Smith was driving the 49ers down the field. After sundays scores The Bucs learned that if they beat the Panthers on Sunday, then they will be in the playoffs.

    Quick Stat look

    Chris Simms 24/32 276 yards 2 TD 1 INT
    Carnell Williams 20 carries 96 yards
    Calvin Johnson 3 catches 70 yards 1 TD
    Joey Galloway 10 catches 152 yards 1 TD
    Darius Walker 8 carries 50 yards

    16. Panthers 6-7 L

    The sell out crowd left Sundays game in tears as the Bucs season came to an end on a missed 42 yard FG that would have won the game and sent the Bucs into the post-season. In a defensive struggle, the two rivals made this intense playoff atmosphere game a Classic with big hits and lots of sacks. In total, the teams two QB’s were sacked 9 times. Simms, who had been under pressure all game, completed two fourth and longs on the teams final drive and called the teams final timeout with 2 seconds remaining. Matt Bryant, a Pro Bowl Kicker who was 2-2 on the day from 44 and 48, had made GW FG’s before, but this one looked good up until it hit the crossbar and bounced back onto the field. The Bucs defensive allowed 0 points, as the Panthers only TD came on punt return for a TD by Steve Smith.

    The Bucs go 8-8 (1-5)
    5-3 @ home
    3-5 on the road

    and miss the playoffs

    Final Statistics

    Chris Simms 2,967 yards passing 16 TD 12 INT
    Carnell Williams 1,105 yards rushing 249 carries 4.4 YPC 9 TD
    Calvin Johnson 1,089 yards receiving 65 catches 16.7 YPC 10 TD
    Joey Galloway 1,064 yards receiving 74 catches 14. 3 YPC
    Darius Walker 480 yards rushing

    Derrick Brooks 133 tackles
    Cato June 98 tackles
    Simeon Rice 11.5 sacks
    Ronde Barber 5 INT

    The Bucs sign QB Chris Simms through 2010 and trade Michael Clayton for a 3rd round pick in the draft, while also receiving a 4th for CB Brian Kelly.

    Calvin Johnson is named the AP Rookie of the Year
    Chris Simms is named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year

    Pro Bowlers

    OG Davin Joseph
    LB Derrick Brooks
    CB Ronde Barber

    -sig by jkpigskin

  • #2
    Wow, that obviously took a lot of time, and while all of that is subject to change, Good job!


    • #3
      That kind of effort deserves a response, but I can admit that there is no way that I am reading all of your game by game analysis. But I'll at the very least critique your draft.

      1. Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech - (A+) as long as we stay at #4

      2 a. Ryan Kalil C USC - (C) with Buenning expected back for training camp in July, and moving to centre (source: Pewter Report), Kalil is no longer necessary. DL makes the most sense here, or somebody with tremendous value on the defensive side of the ball (Griffin for example). I cant see us going offense with the first two picks.

      2 b. Tim Crowder DE Texas - (A+) perfect fit and an excellent value, would love to see him still available here as #35 seems to early for him.

      3. Brandon Mebane DT California - (B+) another solid fit

      4. Tanard Jackson DB Syracuse - (A) tremendous value if still available, may even be an option in round 3

      5. Darius Walker RB Notre Dame - (A) I really like the idea of drafting a young RB who can catch the football. Booker will go eariler than I would like, so Walker is a great consolation prize.


      7. Marcus Thomas DT Florida - does every Bucs mock have to include Thomas? I have no problem spending a 7th on the guy at all.

      C pick-Ryne Robinson WR/KR Miami (Ohio)
      C pick-Tarell Brown CB Texas

      Overall Draft - A- (Kalil keeps it from an A)


      • #4
        thanks :).......................

        -sig by jkpigskin


        • #5
          Absolutly amazing, every bucs fan must give this guy mad +rep.


          • #6
            Why would we draft 2 head cases let alone 1?


            • #7
              Originally posted by 24cadillac24 View Post
              Why would we draft 2 head cases let alone 1?
              cant go wrong with 7th round C-picks.....especially with 1st round talent type guys....if they dont work out, they dont make the team...simple as that

              we are the same team that picked up D. Russell and Ryan Leaf so I doubt we wouldnt take a flyer on a talented guy in the 7th round

              -sig by jkpigskin


              • #8
                Originally posted by -black View Post
                cant go wrong with 7th round C-picks.....especially with 1st round talent type guys....if they dont work out, they dont make the team...simple as that

                we are the same team that picked up D. Russell and Ryan Leaf so I doubt we wouldnt take a flyer on a talented guy in the 7th round
                Just thought I would say that I really like the Ryne Robinson pick as well. He would be a great option in the return game.


                • #9
                  yep, although with the success of Hester. I doubt he falls to the 7th

                  -sig by jkpigskin


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by -black View Post
                    yep, although with the success of Hester. I doubt he falls to the 7th
                    I was thinking that too, but with several other kick returners in Figurs and Breaston available, one falling to our compensatory picks wouldn't be shocking by any means.


                    • #11
                      It's too late and too long for me to read it all, but I have one small note. Should we start June, I would like to see us move Ruud to SLB and June to MLB. His strongest quality is his coverage and he would be a huge upgrade over Ruud in that department, the switch makes sense both ways.

                      sig by BoneKrusher


                      • #12
                        very true. 230 is big enough to be a ILB in our system. Its going to be interesting how camp goes

                        -sig by jkpigskin


                        • #13
                          I think for the time being we keep Ruud where he is and has been for the last 2 seasons. The last thing we want to do is move a player with very little starting experience to a position he hasn't really been coached about.


                          • #14
                            I like how Calvin Johnson is consistently beating DeAngelo Hall :)


                            • #15
                              I see that as a likely hood if he becomes a Buc :)

                              -sig by jkpigskin



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