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Bucs’ Vernon Hargreaves III makes NFL All-Rookie team

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The charmed life of Vernon Hargreaves III added another chapter Tuesday. Hargreaves, a graduate of Wharton High School in Tampa and the University of Florida, was named ot the NFL all-rookie team. He was the 11th overall pick of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Hargreaves had only one interception, but he started most of the year in a secondary that got better as the season went along. Hargreaves started all 16 games, recording 76 tackles, three for loss, nine passes defensed,…

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Raiders’ receivers present huge challenge to Bucs’ cornerbacks

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Think of it as a game within a game. When the Oakland Raiders visit the Bucs on Sunday, there will be a lot of factors that determine the winner. One of them, however, will be the play of Raiders’ receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree against Tampa Bay corners Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes. Cooper is tied for sixth in the NFL in receiving with 40 catches. Crabtree is tied for 11th with 39. “Those two receivers, Cooper and Crabtree,…

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Bucs think rookie Vernon Hargreaves III is showing progress

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One month into his career, Tampa Bay Bucs rookie Vernon Hargreaves has played decently. But so far, he hasn’t made a major impact in the Bucs’ secondary. That might change Monday night, when the Bucs play the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers and their big receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olson. Hargreaves played last week on the outside for the Bucs rather than divide time. “I think he likes it better, where he’s not moving in and out,” Bucs’ coach Dirk…

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Bucs prepared to work against Cleveland’s 3-4 defense

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The Cleveland Browns, like the Tampa Bay Bucs, have struggled in recent seasons. So what can the Browns offer the Bucs in this week’s shared practices? Start with alignment. The Browns use a 3-4 defense, which will be a new sight for the Bucs. The 3-4 is a different defense to block, and different for a quarterback to read. “Cleveland is a 3-4 defense and we’re going to see like eight 3-4 teams over the course of the year, so…

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Bucs’ interceptions lead the way to victory over Jacksonville

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Worst start: Bucs’ quarterback Jameis Winston missed on his first six passes to start the game. He finished hitting only three of 10 passes for 28 yards, although he did throw a touchdown pass to Mike Evans in the Bucs’ 27-21 victory. Flag day: The Jags had 13 penalties for 121 yards…in the first half. Best start: In two weeks, Blake Bortles has hit 14 of 18 passes for 190 yards and four scores. Best Gator: In a game dominated by…

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Ranking the Bucs’ top 10 offseason acquisitions going into 2016

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They’re better. Everyone agrees they’re better. They’re faster. They’re deeper. They’re better pass rushers. But are the Tampa Bay Bucs good yet? Ranking the team’s offseason acquisitions (returning players and coaches not included): 1. Vernon Hargreaves, cornerback: In an ideal world, the Bucs have drafted Ronde Barber all over again. He can play outside, he can play in the slot, and he’s instinctive. Yes, you can quibble that he could be a little taller. If he can cover, however, he…

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Dirk Koetter believes his Bucs’ team has had a productive off-season

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The off-season checklist for the Tampa Bay Bucs is almost complete. Whether the Bucs are as well? We’ll see. “What we accomplished…number one is we put in a whole new defensive scheme,” Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter said. “A whole new special teams scheme, we integrated 24 rookies and five or six free agents into our system. We continued to develop our offensive scheme. “When you’re going against each other every day, you’re going to have happy (and) sad days. Again,…

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