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Bucs' rookie class already building chemistry to spare

The Bucs' 2016 rookie class -- 20 deep, including undrafted free agents -- had a busy Friday, with a morning seminar on making smart financial decisions, an afternoon trip for a friendly bowling competition against rookies from Tampa Fire Rescue, then a group trip to Tropicana Field to catch the Rays' game against the Athletics.

Along the way, they're building a key chemistry, just as last year's class did with four starters in QB Jameis Winston, LT Donovan Smith, RG Ali Marpet and LB Kwon Alexander.

"There's a bunch of good guys in this rookie class," said first-round pick and former Gators cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (video here), enjoying the bowling at Pin Chasers, which he said was just his second time ever bowling. "We've already been bonding with rookie minicamp and it's a very natural vibe. We all get along. We're looking forward to getting started with OTAs and training camp and then the season starts."

The Bucs spent about 90 minutes hanging out with their Fire Rescure counterparts, and the unit's chief, presented by Hargreaves with a football autographed by all the rookies, spoke to the camaraderie both groups hope to forge with "One Team, No Seam."

Here's some video clips from the bowling -- Hargreaves celebrating a spare, kicker Roberto Aguayo wanting to pick up the 10 pin and sending it right down the middle, as if out of habit, and defensive end Noah Spence with an unconventional delivery on a strike.

[Last modified: Friday, May 13, 2016 4:58pm]


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