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Bucs open 3-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday

Having finished three weeks of OTA workouts, the Bucs wrap up their offseason workouts with a three-day mandatory minicamp starting Tuesday, the team's final practices before they open preseason camp in late July.

The Bucs have been busy since before the draft, installing new schemes on offense and defense under first-year coach Lovie Smith, and this week's three non-contact practices will help the team assess its depth chart entering preseason camp.

Tampa Bay went through OTAs with only one of its top three rookies participating in drills -- first-round WR Mike Evans has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since the first week, and second-round TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins can't attend workouts because the University of Washington is still finishing up its spring classes, operating on the quarters system. Third-round RB Charles Sims has impressed in the past month, showcasing his pass-catching ability and overall versatility.

The Bucs haven't signed any of those three top draft picks, leaving them as one of only six NFL teams with more than two unsigned draft picks. It's still more than six weeks before preseason camp, so it's not a serious issue, but 22 NFL teams have either signed all their picks or have just one unsigned.

[Last modified: Monday, June 9, 2014 11:29am]

    

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