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.
Hargreaves (shoulder) could have a serious injury and will be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It's bad news that Hargreaves will seek a second opinion with a surgeon. In turn, the Buccaneers had Bashaud Breeland, who started for Washington in the previous four seasons, in for a visit. Expect an update on Hargreaves' condition Wednesday.
Hargreaves (shoulder) will have an MRI on his shoulder Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Hargreaves is the Buccaneers' top cornerback when healthy, and his potential absence doesn't bode well for the defense. The team feared he may have suffered a severe injury, but it remains cautiously optimistic he'll avoid being sidelined for an extended period.
Hargreaves is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Saints due to a shoulder injury, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports.
Ryan Smith will serve as the Buccaneers' top right cornerback as long as Hargreaves remains sidelined, and Javien Elliott could also see an increased workload. Expect an update on Smith's injury after the game.
Hargreaves (groin) participated in Tuesday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic Tampa Bay reports.
Hargreaves was originally given a timetable of 2-to-3 weeks after sustaining the groin injury, but it looks like he is ahead of schedule. The Buccaneers will likely ease Hargreaves back into a full workload, however, as the former first-round pick will once again serve as a key member of the team's secondary this season. He should be in line to see some time during Friday's preseason game against the Lions.
Hargreaves (groin) is expected to be sidelined 2-to-3 weeks.
Coach Dirk Koetter announced the news during Friday's press conference. Hargreaves sustained the injury during Thursday's preseason opener against the Dolphins. The 23-year-old is entering his third season as the Bucs' starting cornerback, so look for them to exercise caution before bringing him back in order to ensure his health as the regular season approaches. In the meantime, impressive rookie Carlton Davis and Ryan Smith should see increased reps.
Hargreaves injured his groin during Thursday's preseason opener in Miami, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
While the severity of Hargreaves' injury isn't clear, we'll get a better idea of his situation based on his level of participation in practice this coming week.
Hargreaves (shin) returned to practice Tuesday, Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com reports.
Hargreaves was sidelined throughout the weekend with a leg laceration that ultimately required stitches, but he was able to return in a fairly timely fashion as training camp ramps up. He's slated to start at cornerback for the Bucs following a 2017 campaign in which he amassed 42 tackles and five passes defensed in nine games.
Hargreaves (lower leg) will miss a few days after getting spiked in the shin and requiring stitches, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Hargreaves has avoided serious damage, but he will rest up the injury to prevent anything further. Coming off a sophomore season which lasted just nine games due to a hamstring injury, Hargreaves will attempt to bounce back after a turnover-free nine games last year while being part of a secondary that allowed the fourth-highest completion percentage (67.6) in the NFL. The third-year corner displayed versatility by playing both outside and as the nickel corner and he figures to see work at both spots in 2018. However, he will likely remain off the fantasy radar unless he can drastically increase his interception rate of just one in his first 25 career games.
Hargreaves (hamstring), who struggled with both injury and play last season, is expected by general manager Jason Licht to rebound in 2018, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
The 2016 first-round pick finished the season on injured reserve after hurting his hamstring in a Week 10 game against the Jets and never recovering sufficiently to even make it back on the practice field. It was a fittingly disappointing conclusion to a lackluster sophomore campaign for Hargreaves, who did not intercept a pass over the eight-plus games he participated in and was part of a secondary that allowed the fourth-highest completion percentage (67.6) over the course of the season. Hargreaves struggled early in 2017 while playing the outside and was beginning to transition to more nickel corner work before his injury. Licht emphasized that despite Hargreaves' struggles last season, he's still viewed as aptly capable of bouncing back with the benefit of a clean bill of health in 2018, and that he remains valued for his on-field versatility. "The corners that can play both inside and outside, they come in handy, especially if they can play them both well," said Licht. "Vernon fits that definition of the guy that can do both. I had a lot of positive conversations with Vernon at the end of the year and I'm excited about where his mind is right now. I think he's going to have a pretty good year this year."
The Buccaneers will place Hargreaves (hamstring) on injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Hargreaves has missed the Buccaneers' last five games with the right hamstring injury and wasn't progressing quickly enough for the team to be optimistic about his chances of playing in the final two contests of 2017. A first-round pick out of Florida in 2016, Hargreaves hasn't lived up to expectations during his two years in the league with just one interception in 25 career games. Hargreaves should enter the 2018 campaign at full strength, but he'll likely have to fight for a starting role at cornerback.
Hargreaves (hamstring) will not return for Monday's tilt against the Falcons, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Hargreaves will miss his fifth consecutive game as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. As a result, Robert McClain and Javien Elliott figure to continue seeing heavier workloads providing depth at cornerback.
Hargreaves (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Hargreaves was unable to participate in practice throughout the week and is now slated to miss his fourth consecutive game due to a hamstring injury. Ryan Smith and Brent Grimes are in line to start at cornerback in Week 14, while Hargreaves' next opportunity to return will come in Week 15 against the Falcons on Monday night.
Hargreaves (hamstring) is listed as out for Sunday's Week 13 battle against the Packers.
Hargreaves will be absent from the Buccaneers' defensive backfield for a third consecutive contest. Brent Grimes, Ryan Smith and Robert McClain are once again slated to serve as the top three cornerbacks against a Brett Hundley-helmed passing attack that 245 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 12 loss to the Steelers.
Hargreaves (hamstring) is listed as out for Sunday's Week 12 tilt against the Falcons.
The 2016 first-round pick will miss his second consecutive game. Brent Grimes and Ryan Smith are expected to once again man the outside corner spots for the Buccaneers, while Robert McClain, who recorded an interception in the Week 11 win over the Dolphins, is slated to work out of the slot in Hargreaves' absence.
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