Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Takeaways from OTAs, May 26th

A few notes from Thursday's OTA practice.

Pictures of Winston at the Buccaneers' Organized Team Activities at One Buc Place.

1. Mike Evans has been getting down the field.
During the Bucs' first OTA practice, Evans caught a beautiful deep pass from Jameis Winston for a touchdown. Evans continued to find success downfield on Thursday, catching a handful of deep balls, including a bomb from Jameis Winston down the right sideline on the first play of seven-on-sevens.

2. Alterraun Verner has a leg up in the corner competition.
Verner arrived in Tampa following a Pro Bowl season with the Titans, but saw his playing time decrease as the 2015 season went on. As OTAs carry on, Verner has been working as one of the Bucs' two starting corners, along with Brent Grimes. Jude Adjei-Barimah has spent the majority of practice working in the slot with Vernon Hargreaves running with the twos.

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  1. Chris Conte is in the mix.**
    Conte saw some time with the ones on Thursday and took advantage of the opportunity, recording an interception during team drills. Conte worked with Bradley McDougald as the Bucs' two safeties for a portion of practice.

4. Don't sleep on Cameron Brate.
Brate was the Bucs' most productive pass-catcher at the tight end position a year ago and had a strong practice on Thursday. He hauled in a nice, one-handed catch during individual drills at the start of practice and had a handful of receptions during team drills.

*5. Or Will Gholston. *
On Tuesday, Howard Jones saw the majority of the first-team reps at defensive end with Jacquies Smith sidelines. On Thursday, Gholston worked in with the ones at defensive end. For a defensive lineman, non-contact practices aren't very telling, but the fact that Gholston was the next man up, particularly ahead of Noah Spence, is noteworthy.

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