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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Buccaneers' Vernon Hargreaves: Fifth-year team option exercised
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hargreaves saw his fifth-year team option exercised by the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Under the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, all teams must decide whether they'll pick up the fifth-year option on any rookie contracts the offseason before the player's fourth season begins. With the 2019 deadline of May 3 looming, the team made its move Wednesday, giving it control over Hargreaves through the 2020 season. The UF product has struggled with both injuries and play through his first three pro campaigns. However, he's received a vote of confidence from new head coach Bruce Arians due to Hargreaves' successful college track record with the press coverage that new coordinator Todd Bowles' scheme largely calls for.

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Buccaneers' Vernon Hargreaves: High hopes in new scheme
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hargreaves will be playing press coverage much more often and lining up exclusively on the outside in new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles' 3-4 scheme, Jenna Laine of reports. "It's everything that I do. It's kind of like taking me back to college," Hargreaves said of the new scheme, which is more aggressive than the read-and-react system favored by former defensive coordinator Mike Smith. "It's that same scheme [as the Florida Gators used] -- blitz the quarterback, man-to-man on the outside and let's get after it."

The 11th overall pick in 2016, Hargreaves has fallen short of his draft pedigree over his first three NFL seasons. A shoulder injury cost him all but one game in 2018, while a hamstring issue limited him to nine contests in 2017. A large part of the the 23-year-old's struggles might well trace back to former defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, which called for Hargreaves to play an off-coverage style that was the antithesis of the physical press coverage he excelled at in college. Reverting back to an approach in which he's enjoyed success could lead to better results, a notion supported by the fact Hargreaves snagged 10 interceptions in three college seasons while consistently jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage.

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Buccaneers' Vernon Hargreaves: Declares himself healthy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hargreaves (shoulder) said Monday that he's returned to full health, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Hargreaves, who played only one game last season due to a shoulder injury, has progressed through surgery and rehab without setbacks and appears to have fully recovered. The 2016 first-round pick projects to play a key role at outside cornerback in 2019.

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Buccaneers' Vernon Hargreaves: Gets nod of confidence from Arians
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that he has confidence in Hargreaves (shoulder) at outside cornerback, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Arians' defensive gameplan appears to include limiting Hargreaves to the outside, which could allow the 23-year-old to hone in on improving upon his inconsistent play. Hargreaves' career has been derailed by injuries since his rookie season, as the 2016 first-round pick has played only 10 games over the last two season, including one game in 2018. Though Hargreaves appears in line for a key role in Tampa Bay's secondary, he will likely remain off the fantasy radar unless he can increase his interception rate of just one in 26 career games.

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Buccaneers' Vernon Hargreaves: Heads to injured reserve
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The Buccaneers will place Hargreaves (shoulder) on injured reserve Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Tampa Bay made the decision to shut down Hargreaves after he received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews early Wednesday. Though the details surrounding Hargreaves' condition aren't completely clear, it's likely that Hargreaves was recommended to undergo surgery after sustaining what was believed to be a labrum tear in the Buccaneers' season-opening win over the Saints, per Jenna Laine of The Buccaneers signed cornerback Marcus Williams on Tuesday to fortify their depth at the position with Hargreaves set to miss at least eight weeks -- if not the entire season -- with the shoulder issue.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers167668.080100.0009
2017Tampa Bay Buccaneers94237.050000.0005
2018Tampa Bay Buccaneers176.010000.0001
Punt Returns
YearTeamGRetFCRet YdsAvgLgTD20+
2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers1650295.81200
2017Tampa Bay Buccaneers9000---000
2018Tampa Bay Buccaneers1000---000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers1600100000
2017Tampa Bay Buccaneers900000000
2018Tampa Bay Buccaneers100100000

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