A former Wharton High and Florida Gator standout was back at home on Friday afternoon. Despite it being a relatively cool day for Florida in May, sweat was still rolling down Vernon Hargreaves’ forehead as the local Tampa media surrounded him following the first day of Bucs’ rookie mini-camp.
Vernon Hargreaves III – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
But there was one less thing to cause perspiration for Hargreaves, as the Bucs first round draft pick signed his rookie contract earlier in the day.
“Awesome, I have nothing to worry about but playing ball now,” Hargreaves said. “I mean it’s awesome, it’s awesome. Finally get to play some real football, not more of that combine stuff, and finally get to get out here and cover some people and make some plays.”
Hargreaves understands the transition from college football player to the NFL won’t be without struggles, but seems to understand preparation is the key.
“Getting in the playbook, that’s a big adjustment for everybody,” Hargreaves said. “You have to get in the playbook, have to learn. It’s the first day, coaches are hard… they’re hard on you on purpose just to see how you react, so I have to go home and study tonight, get in that playbook and come out for a better day tomorrow.
“Playing college football and then coming here and going through a practice, you can see the difference. I don’t know necessarily how to put it into words, but the speed is different, it’s a little bit faster, a little bit more complex. It takes a little bit of time to get used to but everybody will be alright.”
Hargreaves isn’t sure exactly where he will line up when the Bucs open the season in Atlanta, but regardless he thinks he will be comfortable wherever it is, with on the outside or lined up in the slot.
“I’m glad they let me do both. It lets me use my playmaking ability, lets me use my athleticism. Getting inside closer to the ball, more players are in there, so I’m excited. I feel comfortable at both, obviously I have to do more learning, and more practice… but I’m excited to get to run around, fly around, and get close to the ball. Like I said that’s what I’m really most excited about.”
“I’m excited for that, I want to play wherever I fit in. It’s perfect for me.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 11th can’t get here fast enough! Somehow…..saying that just seem wrong.
yeah…you might’ve said you couldn’t wait for opening day or the week 1 against the falcons
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