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5 Standouts from 2016 Training Camp

A few players who impressed during the Buccaneers' training camp practices.

A collection of the best pictures taken during the Buccaneers' 2016 Training Camp.

1. CB Brent Grimes
The Buccaneers signed Grimes as a free agent this spring after he'd been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons. From the first day he stepped foot in the door at One Buccaneer Place, he flashed the skills that have made him a perennial Pro Bowler. Grimes stood out nearly every day during training camp, including hauling in a one-handed interception that was undoubtedly the top play of camp.

2. WR Adam Humphries
Heading into training camp, the battle for the No. 3 wide receiver spot was one of the most talked-about of any position. But Head Coach Dirk Koetter quickly put an end to any speculation as to who would win the job when he named Humphries the slot receiver at the start of camp. Humphries proved to be one of the Bucs' most reliable pass-catchers in August, rarely dropping a pass. He is also making a case to win the punt returner job after taking a punt back for a score in the Bucs' third preseason game.


  1. TE Cameron Brate**
    Like Humphries, Brate is an unlikely starter who climbed his way to the top of the depth chart during training camp. But unlike Humphries, Brate had to surpass the incumbent starter at his position to do so. Brate took the majority of the reps with the first-team offense at the start of camp, a decision that was made solely on his performance, according to Koetter. By doing so, he pushed Austin Seferian-Jenkins, last year's starter, to the second team. When the Bucs' first depth chart came out, Brate was at the top, where he's been ever since.

]( DE Robert Ayers
The Buccaneers' pass-rush needed a jolt of energy, and that's exactly what Ayers brought when he arrived as a free agent this spring. Throughout camp, he proved to be dominant when rushing the passer, both on the edge and on the interior. His versatility will keep him on the field for the majority of each game, with him playing on the outside in the Bucs' base defense and him playing on the inside in the team's pass-rush package.

5. CB Vernon Hargreaves
Day by day, Hargreaves inched his way up the depth chart. By the time the regular season begins, he may have been able to work himself all the way up to a starting position. If he does start, it will be because he's earned it. Pro Football Focus graded him as the best cornerback in the league during the preseason, with Hargreaves snagging two picks in three games. The Buccaneers have used him in the slot and on the outside, and he's a contender to start at either position come Week 1.

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