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5 Storylines to Follow During OTAs

A few things to think about as OTAs are set to begin.

1. The pecking order at wide receiver.
The Buccaneers had been linked to a handful of wide receivers leading up to the draft, but decided not to select a pass-catcher in any of the seven rounds. The Bucs have two proven starters in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, but the No. 3 and No. 4 receiver spots are up for grabs. Louis Murphy, Kenny Bell, Adam Humphries and Donteea Dye will all be in the mix as workouts carry on.

2. Preliminary starting units.
During OTAs, the Bucs will line up complete offensive and defensive units, giving media members a look at "starting" groups. OTAs are purposely used to mix and match players and the starting lineup in the spring is almost never the starting lineup in the fall, but it will be interesting to see the combinations that the Buccaneers are using, particularly in the defensive backfield. 


  1. Mike Evans' progress. **
    Despite recording more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, Evans was disappointed with his performance after struggling with drops. It will be interesting to see the progress he's made and whether or not he has made any technical adjustments. For an offensive or defensive lineman, the non-contact OTA practices don't show much. For skill players, particularly quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs, OTAs are a more direct reflection of what we will see when pads come on.

4. Undrafted standouts.
The Buccaneers signed more than a dozen undrafted rookies following the draft, many of whom now face an uphill battle to make the team's 53-man roster. The Bucs will head into training camp with 90 players, so many of the undrafted free agents currently with the team will get an invite to training camp. But OTAs will be their first workouts with the Bucs' veterans and presents an opportunity to make a positive impression on the team's coaches before camp begins.

5. Vernon Hargreaves' role.
Head Coach Dirk Koetter has said that Hargreaves is a strong candidate to be the Bucs' nickel corner this year, but added that Hargreaveas has been playing on the outside as well. It will be interested to see what Hargreaves' role is and how often he's lined up on the inside.

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