Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Takeaways from Mini-Camp, June 13

A few notes from the first day of mini-camp at One Buccaneer Place.

Photos of the Buccaneers' complete roster.

1. Iron sharpens iron.
There's no question that the addition of DeSean Jackson will help the Buccaneers' offense in 2017. After the first day of mini-camp practices at One Buccaneer Place, it's clear that he'll be making an impact on the team's defense, too. Jackson was the target on a handful of deep passes, working mostly against Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves. Jackson caught one deep ball for a 43-yard touchdown to start seven-on-seven drills, but Hargreaves earned an interception when Jackson was targeted deep later in practice. Having a player like Jackson to compete against in practice will only benefit Grimes, Hargreaves and the rest of the Bucs' defensive backs.

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  1. Adam Humphries is holding down the slot.**
    The competition at wide receiver will be closely watched throughout training camp, with several capable players vying for a handful of roster spots. Jackson and Mike Evans are expected to occupy the first two spots, with Humphries, Chris Godwin, Donteea Dye and Freddie Martino, among others, competing for the third spot. On Tuesday, it was Humphries working with the starters as the No. 3 receiver.

3. Roberto Aguayo looked sharp.
Aguayo, who will be competing with Nick Folk to retain his starting kicking job, was a perfect five-for-five on his field goal attempts at the end of Tuesday's practice. His final kick from 53 yards out sailed cleanly through the uprights. Folk was four-for-five, missing his final kick from 53.

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  1. Javien Elliott is getting time working as the nickel corner.**
    The Bucs are experimenting with a few different players at the nickel spot. Last week, Ryan Smith took reps with the starters and as mini-camp kicked off, Elliott saw some time as the Bucs' No. 3 corner. Elliott played just one year of major college football and battled to earn a roster spot as an undrafted rookie last season.

5. Robert Ayers got his hands on the ball.
Hargreaves wasn't the only Buccaneer to haul in an interception. Near the start of practice, Ayers picked off a pass near the line of scrimmage. Ayers has the ability to play both defensive end and defensive tackle, but is expected to take the majority of his snaps at end. With the versatility of players like Ayers and Chris Baker, the Buccaneers expect to have seven or eight key contributors on the denfensive line this season.

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