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Bucs see confidence building in rookie Vernon Hargreaves

Vernon Hargreaves, left, has started working with the first-team defense, both at outside cornerback and inside at nickel.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Vernon Hargreaves, left, has started working with the first-team defense, both at outside cornerback and inside at nickel.

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Bucs rookie Vernon Hargreaves made a splash with two interception in Saturday's preseason win against the Jaguars, and then Tuesday's joint practice with the Browns saw the first-rounder pick off Robert Griffin III twice in 7-on-7 work.

Hargreaves has started working with the first-team defense, both at outside cornerback and inside at nickel, and linebacker Lavonte David said his recent surge went hand-in-hand with the former Wharton and Gators star simply building some self-confidence.

"His confidence skyrocketed since Day 1. Skyrocketed," David said. "All you need, for a rookie, all you need to do is just make some plays, make plays here and there and your confidence boosts and your game takes over. That's what's been going on. You can tell he's carrying himself different now, has a little swagger to him. He's making plays and that's the reason we got him. He's doing what he's supposed to do."

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said after reviewing tape of Tuesday's practice, Hargreaves popped out to him.

"Vernon Hargreaves, two more interceptions yesterday, one beautiful play," Koetter said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 2:09pm]

    

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