Hargreaves finished 2020 with 72 tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception over 16 games.
Hargreaves was a full-time contributor in 2020, but he was also part of a weak defense. The cornerback enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, so he may end up with another team. There are big changes in store for a Houston defense that ranked 30th in the NFL.
Hargreaves had three tackles and one interception in Sunday's 27-25 win over Jacksonville.
Hargreaves was elevated to the Texans' top cornerback with Bradley Roby (disciplinary reasons) sitting out the contest. It didn't start well in the new role; Jacksonville's DJ Chark got behind him for a 73-yard touchdown pass just three plays into the game. He made up for that with a third-quarter interception that led to Houston's final score. The situation with Roby is unclear, but Hargreaves will be a starter regardless of what happens to Roby.
Hargreaves is re-signing with Houston on a one-year contract, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans cut Hargreaves in February to avoid his fifth-year option salary, hoping to bring him back at a lower price. The 2016 first-round pick was waived by Tampa Bay in November and claimed by Houston shortly thereafter, eventually making two starts in an injury-riddled secondary. Hargreaves will turn 25 this summer and should at least have a shot to compete for a starting job.
Hargreaves was released by the Texans on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Hargreaves entered the NFL in 2016 as a No. 11 overall pick with Tampa Bay. He was never consistent in coverage and also struggled with injuries, eventually getting waived this past November. The Texans put in a waiver claim and then gave Hargreaves regular run in their injury-riddled secondary, but he didn't show nearly enough to justify the $9.9 million price tag on his fifth-year contract option for 2020. Given that he's a first-round pick and still only 24 years old, Hargreaves should draw some interest on the open market, even if it's for backup work rather than a starting role.
Hargreaves had a combined 61 tackles, six passes defensed, one interception, one touchdown and one fumble recovery in 15 games between Tampa Bay and Houston in 2019.
The Texans signed Hargreaves midseason after he was released by the Buccaneers, and he finished out the year playing six games for Houston, which got an extended look at the 2016 first-round selection. It's not an easy thing to come in during a season and assimilate with a new team. Head coach Bill O'Brien lauded Hargreaves in comments to Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com but acknowledged the cornerback has areas to improve upon. To bring him back for 2020, the Texans will have to shell out the $9.9 million Hargreaves is scheduled to make on his fifth-year option. Houston is expected to overhaul its secondary, so there will be a need, but it may want to get Hargreaves on a multi-year deal at a lower cap hit.
Hargreaves generated five tackles (three solo) and a pass breakup in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Colts.
Hargreaves was waived by the Buccaneers on Nov. 12 and he's fitting in well with his new squad. Lonnie Johnson (ankle) and Bradley Roby (hamstring) were inactive, allowing Hargreaves to start at nickel corner and make an immediate impact in his Texans debut. Roby and Johnson were both game-time decisions, so they'll likely be back for Week 13's matchup against the Patriots. It's unsettled where Hargreaves will fit in if that indeed happens.
Hargreaves is expected to make his debut for Houston in Thursday's game against the Colts, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Hargreaves was claimed off waivers last week and did not play in a Week 11 loss to the Ravens. With Lonnie Johnson (ankle) having left last week's game and questionable for the Colts, Hargreaves could see significant playing time. "The big thing is he's been with us here about a week now, and he seems to be picking up on the system pretty well. He's communicating within the system, he's got a good attitude. So, we'll line him up and see what he can do," said defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.
Hargreaves (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Hargreaves was claimed off of waivers by the Texans on Wednesday, so it makes sense that he would sit out his first game with the team as he likely is still unfamiliar with Houston's defensive scheme. Johnathan Joseph and Bradley Roby remain the starters at cornerback, with Hargreaves likely to fill a situational role once he is able to learn more of the defensive playbook.
Hargreaves was claimed off waivers by the Texans on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Hargreaves was surprisingly waived by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, and the Texans were the only team willing to take on his $9 million salary for 2020 on the waiver wire. The 2016 first-round pick struggled mightily and allowed a 65.3 percent completion rate, 9.2 yards per attempt and three touchdowns before parting ways with Tampa Bay. Hargreaves figures to start out in a reserve role for his new team.
Hargreaves, who was benched for lack of hustle during Sunday's 30-27 win over the Cardinals, was waived by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "After thoughtful consideration over the past few weeks, [coach] Bruce [Arians] and I came to the conclusion that we needed to make this change," GM Jason Licht said in a statement. "Decisions such as this are always difficult, but I felt it was in the best interest of our team to part ways with Vernon at this time and allow him to explore other opportunities."
The release was an unexpected development for a number of reasons, despite Hargreaves' hiccup in Sunday's contest. Licht invested the 11th overall pick in the 2016 draft on the cornerback, who was also the most experienced player at the position on the roster. Moreover, the team had just picked up Hargreaves' fifth-year option for $9 million this past offseason, although it was only guaranteed for injury. The Buccaneers' secondary has been the main trouble spot for the defense during its first year in coordinator Todd Bowles' 3-4 scheme, despite the fact Hargreaves was expected to be a natural fit for the press coverage it primarily called for. He had accepted his benching without issue Sunday, but the 65.3 percent completion rate, 9.2 yards per attempt and three touchdown receptions he'd allowed in primary coverage this year seemed to have clinched the decision.
Coach Bruce Arians benched Hargreaves in the third quarter of Sunday's 30-27 win over the Cardinals, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Arians cited a lack of effort from Hargreaves. As a result, Hargreaves recorded a season-low 46 of 70 possible defensive snaps (66 percent), as he's normally an every-down corner. The 2016 first-round pick returned to the game when M.J. Stewart left with a knee injury. It doesn't sound like this discipline will carry over into Week 11's matchup against the Saints.
Hargreaves had 12 tackles (11 solo) and one pass defensed in Thursday's win over the Panthers.
Hargreaves' final tackle was his most important, as he brought down Christian McCaffrey short of the goal line on fourth down to end Carolina's comeback chance. The 24-year-old is off to a strong start in 2019 with a pick-six in the season opener and double-digit tackles in Week 2.
Hargreaves recorded three tackles (two solo) and a pick-six interception in the Buccaneers' 31-17 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
The talk from Hargreaves all summer had been that he was exceedingly more comfortable in the press coverage that's a hallmark of Todd Bowles' 3-4 scheme. The fourth-year corner proved that was more than just preseason talk in the opener, jumping a second-quarter Jimmy Garoppolo pass perfectly and making a quick 15-yard jaunt into the end zone. The Buccaneers secondary did a solid job overall in their first full game executing the new defense, and Hargreaves' play was certainly an encouraging aspect of what was a disappointing afternoon overall from a team perspective.
Hargreaves is running with the first-team defense thus far in camp and has repeatedly made plays in coordinator Todd Bowles' new defensive scheme, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
There was cautious optimism throughout the offseason that both Hargreaves and fellow corner Carlton Davis would take well to Bowles' aggressive bump-and-run coverage schemes, and both players have validated that expectation thus far. Smith reports Hargreaves has consistently flashed in each of the first five practices of camp, with heady interceptions last Saturday in a two-minute drill against the first-team offense and another in Tuesday's practice especially standing out. Hargreaves earned a ball-hawking reputation during his three college seasons at Florida, garnering 10 interceptions and 27 defensed passes overall. However, through 26 NFL games, the 2016 first-round pick has just one interception and 15 pass breakups while primarily playing in off-coverage and zone schemes that proved to be bad fits for his skill set.
Hargreaves was held out of Tuesday's practice for non-injury reasons, with coach Bruce Arians saying the cornerback "has to get his mind right to practice," Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Arians seems to be hinting at a lack of effort or preparation or perhaps an issue with punctuality. Whatever the case, Hargreaves should still have a starting job heading into the fourth year of his rookie contract, as the Buccaneers haven't found a clear upgrade for their disappointing 2016 first-round pick. The team recently exercised the fifth-year option on Hargreaves' contract, but it's only guaranteed for injury.
The Buccaneers exercised Hargreaves' fifth-year team option Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Under the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, all teams must decide by May 3 whether they'll pick up the fifth-year option on a rookie contract the offseason before the player's fourth NFL campaign begins. Though the 2016 first-round pick has struggled with both injuries and inconsistent play through his first three years in the NFL, the Buccaneers recognized enough upside in the 23-year-old to keep him in the fold through 2020. New coach Bruce Arians is hopeful that Hargreaves' successful college track record while playing in press coverage will make him an ideal fit in coordinator Todd Bowles' scheme.
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 ESPN.com 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.
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.
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 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 seasons, 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.
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 ESPN.com. 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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