Two days into his second NFL training camp, Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves has the confidence of someone who learned from playing in 98 percent of his team’s defensive snaps as a rookie.
“I have a whole 16 games under my belt, and that speaks for itself,” Hargreaves said Saturday after the second practice of Bucs training camp. “I’m just playing faster now, trusting myself and playing fast.”
Hargreaves, who played in Tampa at Wharton High and was the No. 11 overall pick last year out of Florida, was candid in assessing his overall play as a rookie, with opposing quarterbacks throwing his way often with veteran Brent Grimes on the other side of the field.
“I had to work on everything,” Hargreaves said of his offseason focus. “I had a tough year last year. You’re either going to cry about it or you’re going to get better. I got into my office, got to work and it’s showing this year.”
Another change to help Hargreaves is physical — he’s lost 12 pounds since last season and is now a lean 188, thanks to a concerted effort to eat better, even if it means less of his mom’s cooking at their north Tampa home.
“I can feel it. I’m lighter on my feet,” Hargreaves said. “I changed my diet up a bit. I used to eat everything. Anything and everything. My mom lives 45 minutes away, so I had to stay away from Mom’s house, stay away from her meals. Just eating healthy, normal stuff.”
Hargreaves said he likes the buzz of this team, hoping to improve on last year’s 9-7 record and build on the progress made defensively over the course of last season.
“We have no egos on this team,” Hargreaves said. “We have a lot of guys who…
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