|Offense||5th||135.1 (5th)||240.8 (17th)|
|Defense||10th||100.4 (10th)||240.0 (15th)|
The third-year Harvard product made a habit of exceeding expectations during his unexpected opportunity in 2015, and continued that trend in Thursday's OTA session. Brate made an eye-opening one-handed catch during the individual drills that kicked off practice, and also notched multiple receptions during team drills. The 24-year-old brought in 23 of 30 targets last season for 288 yards, while also notching the first three touchdowns of his career. The additional playing time largely came as a result of Austin Seferian-Jenkins' extended absence with a shoulder injury, but Brate played well enough to continue logging a decent amount of snaps after the starter's return in the latter part of the season. While he's currently listed behind Luke Stocker on the tight end depth chart, the latter's limited pass-catching ability renders Brate as the second-best offensive threat at tight end for the Bucs.
Evans continued his success hauling in the deep ball during Thursday's OTAs, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.
The third-year receiver continued his productive start to on-field work in 2016, as Kania reports he caught "a handful of deep balls" Thursday. That included a long-range missle from Jameis Winston down the right sideline on the first play of seven-on-seven drills. Evans' first week of OTAs has progressed much better than his injury-shortened voluntary mini-camp stint late last month.
Evans had a beauty of a toe-tapping touchdown catch during Tuesday's opening OTA session, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The third-year receiver was back at full participation to start OTAs, after his voluntary mini-camp participation last month was cut short due to an undisclosed injury. Evans hauled in a short touchdown throw on the right edge of the end zone off a Mike Glennon rollout, tapping his toes on the green before heading out of bounds. The 22-year-old will try to rebound from a 2015 campaign that saw him lead the NFL in drops, despite the fact that he also totaled 1,206 yards on 74 catches.
Grimes grabbed an interception in the Bucs' opening day of OTAs on Tuesday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.
The veteran free-agent signee got things off on the right foot during the opening OTA session, snatching an interception and also getting his hands on the ball on several other occasions. Grimes has extensive experience in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, having played under the latter in Atlanta from 2008-2012. The 32-year-old will try to regain the form that allowed him to grab 13 picks over the last three seasons with the Dolphins.
Hargreaves has opened OTAs on the second team, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.
The 2016 first-round pick is getting his feet wet with the second unit, and has already impressed. Hargreaves shadowed second-year speedster Kenny Bell down the left sideline in Wednesday's session, and hauled in a pass intended for the wideout thanks to his blanket coverage. Given his pedigree and draft status, the rookie is expected to eventually secure a starting cornerback spot opposite free-agent signee Brent Grimes in the beleaguered Bucs secondary this season.
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