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What We Learned From Day Two of Bucs' Training Camp

Still no pads but here are some key takeaways from the second day of training camp.

-There was a period where the team looked to be working on RPO plays with the first team, of which both quarterbacks split reps. The interesting thing is that it seemed to be more for the benefit of the defense. Coach Koetter even said that he anticipates seeing a lot more RPOs across the league so it really seemed to be a preparation for what the defense will face come the regular season.

-Rookie cornerback Carlton Davis III was seen getting work on the outside with the second team. His length and reach make him ideal to match up against bigger receivers, especially those that the Bucs face just within the NFC South. But Davis will have to develop and learn to play more off coverage. As a college player at Auburn he played a lot more press. Already taking reps with the 2s is definitely a good sign for the young player, though.

-Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick  connected with veteran receiver DeSean Jackson on a 60-yard fade route down the field for the play of the day. Fitz was seen yesterday after practice getting a little bit of extra work and dialogue in with both Jackson and Mike Evans. Jackson also seems to be improving some of his shorter routes with quarterback Jameis Winston. While with the first team, Winston threw Jackson a quick slant route through traffic that hit Jackson on the run as he turned upfield.

-Rookie running back Ronald Jones got some work in with the first team as well. As of yesterday it looked mostly like veteran Peyton Barber took most of the snaps with the first team, but today in team drills Jones got in on the action as well. After drafting him in the second round of this past year's draft the hope is that Jones can rise to feature-back status, provided he can develop in his pass-catching ability.

-Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves is looking very mentally sharp. There were times throughout practice where he was seen directing guys on where to go. With the combination of him playing both outside corner and inside at nickel, he seems to have taken a step forward on the mental aspect of his game.

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