Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Takeaways from OTAs, June 9th

A few notes from the Buccaneers' final open OTA practice of 2016.

1. Vernon Hargreaves had two interceptions.
As practices move on, it seems more and more likely that Hargreaves will play in the slot during his rookie season. He was lined up on the inside with the second-team defense during the majority of practice and intercepted two passes, one of which was a tipped ball in the end zone. Hargreaves has been working with the two all spring thus far.

2. The Bucs showed a new look on the defensive line.
When the Buccaneers signed Robert Ayers as a free agent, they knew that he had success rushing from the inside in addition to his usually position on the edge. Ayers worked at defensive tackle alongside Gerald McCoy on Thursday with Kourtnei Brown and Howard Jones at defensive end.

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Pictures from the Buccaneers' OTA practice on June 8th at One Buccaneer Place.

  1. There were familiar faces starting in the secondary.**
    Brent Grimes was unable to work during team drills, and with him sidelined Johnthan Banks stepped in with the starting defense at cornerback. The first-team secondary consisted of a group that started for a good portion of last year: Banks and Alterraun Verner were at corner with Chris Conte and Bradley McDougald were at safety.

4. Freddie Martino turned some heads.
Martino has quietly performed very well during OTAs despite joining the Buccaneers less than a month ago. He hauled in a touchdown at the start of practice in the left corner of the end zone and had another impressive catch near the end of the session. Martino has appeared in just one game in his first three seasons and will be battling for a roster spot come training camp.

5. Doug Martin was active in the passing game.
There's obviously no contact during OTAs, so it's difficult to measure how effective the run game has been. The passing game is a different story, though. Martin was targeted on a handful of passes out of the backfield, which is interesting considering Charles Sims has been the Buccaneers' primary target from the running back position in years past.

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