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5 Standouts from Camp, August 8

A few players who impressed during the Bucs' training camp practice on Monday.

1. CB Jude Adjei-Barimah
Vernon Hargreaves, the Bucs' first-round draft pick, began working with the first-team defense last week after practicing with the twos for the past several months. But Adjei-Barimah, who began camp as the Bucs' starting nickel corner, has still been getting first-team reps and had a strong performance on Monday. Adjei-Barimah had a leaping deflection on a Jameis Winston pass intended for Jonathan Krause in the first team portion of practice. He followed that up by jumping in front of a Ryan Griffin pass intended for Kenny Bell later in the same exercise, almost recording an interception.

2. DE Noah Spence
Because of heavy rain, the Buccaneers' practice was moved to Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. After the decision was made to move practice indoors, Head Coach Dirk Koetter downgraded the workout from full pads to just shells. Although there wasn't full contact, Spence had another excellent day of camp. During the kickoff portion of practice, he took reps with the kick coverage team, which is a rarity for a defensive lineman and speaks volumes about Spence's athleticism.


  1. WR Mike Evans**
    Winston wasn't afraid to push the ball downfield on Monday and connected on a few long passes, including a bomb to Evans down the right sideline over Brent Grimes during team drills. Evans caught another deep ball during one-on-one drills and was very involved in the Bucs' offense throughout the day. 

4. DE Robert Ayers
Ayers had one of the best plays of the day, bull-rushing Joe Hawley and putting him on the ground. Ayers, who joined the Buccaneers this offseason as a free agent, has been impressive all training camp. The Bucs have shown two starting defensive lines – one which appears to be a pass-rush package and another one that looks like the team's base package. Ayers is an important part of both units, playing on the edge in the base package and on the inside in the pass-rush package.

The Buccaneers are looking for depth at defensive tackle and Francis could very well be a player that fits that mold. He picked up a tackle for a loss during team drills and recorded a sack during one-on-one drills on Monday. Francis is currently the No. 3 defensive tackle on the depth chart behind Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence. Gerald McCoy and Cliff Matthews are No. 1 and 2, respectively, on the other side.

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