Former Florida Gators all-SEC cornerback Vernon Hargreaves has already made quite an impression in his first few months with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
There was not a ton of doubt after his stellar career at Florida that he would be a good NFL player. The Buccaneers made him the 11th overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft. He would one day become a starter.
Maybe no one saw it this quickly.
Early on in training camp, Hargreaves will get his first run with the starters Wednesday, the third day of training camp. The Buccaneers plan to use Hargreaves as the nickelback in upcoming practices.
“He’ll start rotating in there with the first group,” confirmed Head Coach Dirk Koetter after practice on Monday to Scott Smith of TampaBayBuccaneers.com. “As I said in the spring, the guy is a good football player, he’s going to play. He’s doing a nice job, his athleticism shows up every day. That doesn’t mean at all that we’re disappointed in Jude because Jude is doing a good job, too. We’re building our depth at corner especially. I like what we’re seeing out of those guys.”
This is no guarantee that Hargreaves is going to start for much of the season or on opening day. Getting him some work with the starters, even this soon into training camp, is recognition he is going to be a big part of the team’s defense this season.
Hargreaves was going to reach this point sooner or later. He clearly has made an impact in the NFL even at an early stage. His opportunity is going to come quickly in the NFL.