Bucs CB Vernon Hargreaves III is getting work with the first team Dirk Koetter announced - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Throughout camp Vernon Hargreaves III had been competing for the starting nickel position, but after Saturday night’s two-interception effort in Jacksonville the rookie is now getting first-team looks at corner, as well.
“He started working there today,” coach Dirk Koetter confirmed Monday. “He started working with the ones at corner.”
Koetter stresses putting the best 11 guys on the field and Hargreaves, picked No. 11 overall, may have shown he’s already one of them with two highlight plays in the preseason.
Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Hagreaves’ first pick came from the nickel position with the Jaguars employing three receivers during a passing down. His second, on a deep ball on the third play of the third quarter, came in single coverage from the traditional corner spot. Both plays underscored his elite ball skills and possibly moved him into the mix for starting cornerback a little earlier than expected.
“Heck, I’m thinking about moving him to receiver,” Koetter joked. “Those are two great catches, two beautiful plays. His range on the one where he was at nickel … you’re not going to see – well Brent Grimes might argue – but you’re not going to see a whole lot of better catches than those two.”
What Hargreaves lacks in size, he makes up for with natural ability and maximization of all the skills important for a corner.
“They have to have good ball skills and our guys do,” Koetter said. “They have to be explosive to the ball and our guys are. Like we said before, they’re not going to grow. We’re not going to change them out at this point. Our corners are who they are and we’re happy with them. We like what they’re doing but they’ve got to be able to go get the ball.”
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Even if Hargraves does not start as a regular corner right away, he needs to practice at it so that when our oldest CB retires or gets hurt , Hargraves can step into that position.
I feel confident that the opposing QB completion percentage won’t be 70%. Go Bucs!
I like Dirk’s attitude, and I am glad he has developed a sense of humor. At ASU he didn’t show that he had one. C’mon Dirk, there is at least one Arizonan rooting for you to succeed in Tampa Bay!
I feel like the competition in our secondary is not of such a high caliber that the guy we picked 11th overall in the draft – who most teams (bar the G-men for some reason) had rated as their top CB – should be able to start pretty much wherever.
OK, the news that he is working with the ones in practice is great, but I’m surprised that no one has brought this up yet. Who is he replacing?? I’m guessing it is Verner?? I now wonder if Barimah will be competing with Verner for the nickel? Seems like Grimes is solidly on the first unit? Not sure. Does anyone know for sure who was sent to work with the two’s???
im so excited about this kid and even more so because I’m a Gators fan go VH3
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