Not too long ago, many were beginning to think of Vernon Hargreaves as a bust, especially considering the high expectations for Vernon after being drafted in the first round, 11th overall, out of the University of Florida, in 2016.
I believe it’s too early to use the word ‘bust’ when describing Hargreaves, and if this offseason gives us any indication, he may just become the pleasant surprise of the Buccaneers 2018-19 season.
Last season, Hargreaves struggled as a starting cornerback, opposite Brent Grimes. On way too many plays, Vernon was getting burnt by the elite receivers he was drafted to defend. Hargreaves also spent some time as the nickel corner in Tampa Bay’s sub-package, and actually flourished in that role. Needless to say, but being a starter at any, one, position for just a fraction of plays is not good enough for any athlete, especially one drafted as high in the draft as Vernon was.
Hargreaves determination and progress through OTA’s and last week’s mini-camp is starting to show. Koetter noted at the end of last week’s camp that:
“Vernon worked, played both in and out and made a nice play here in the red zone just a few minutes ago,” adding “I think he’s taking it (seriously), he’s working at it. I won’t say that the competition is over because we have some other guys that are going to push him, but I think Vernon has his head in the right place. I think it’s important to him.”
-via Buccaneers.com/ Carmen Vitali
Bucs fans, we’re less than a month away from training camp, and less than 3 months away from opening day of the regular season. It’s time to get excited, and hope all the fruits of labor the players have put in this off-season translates to wins and a playoff berth this upcoming season. Hargreaves will have a key role in helping us get there, and I think he will turn a lot of heads beginning with training camp.
Edited by Harmeet Kapur