5 Takeaways from OTAs, May 24th

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Shots from the Buccaneers' first OTA practice of the 2016 season.

  1. Howard Jones is the next man up.**
    Jacquies Smith was unable to practice on Tuesday and without him, Howard Jones worked with the first team on the Bucs' right defensive end while Robert Ayers worked on the left side. Jones burst on the scene last year, picking up five sacks in as many starts. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown. Jones appeared in 12 games in 2015 after playing in 0 during his rookie season with the Steelers. 

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  1. The Bucs are working in the rookies slowly.**
    The Bucs' first and second rounds picks, Vernon Hargreaves and Noah Spence, worked with the twos during Tuesday's practice as they continue to become acclimated to the NFL. The Buccaneers had Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner with the ones on the outside and Jude Adjei-Barimah working in the slot.

3. The defense had a strong day.
There is no contact during OTAs, but the defense stood out anyway. Kwon Alexander and Brent Grimes each recorded interceptions, with Alexander running his all the way for a score and flipping into the end zone to cap it off. Grimes got his hands on a few passes in addition to recording his interception. 

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  1. Kevin Pamphile is getting looks at left guard.**
    The Buccaneers acquired J.R. Sweezy to play left guard this offseason, signing him as a free agent after he'd spent his entire career with the Seahawks. But Sweezy won't be healthy enough to practice until training camp, so Pamphile worked as the starting left guard on Tuesday. Donovan Smith was lined up at left tackle with Joe Hawley at center, Ali Marpet at right guard and Demar Dotson at right tackle.

5. A handful of players are competing for the kick returner job.
With Bobby Rainey departing this offseason via free agency, the Buccaneers are looking for a new kick returned. There were Adam Humphries, Kenny Bell, Donteea Dye, Josh Robinson and Bernard Reedy took turns handling the duties during practice.

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