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Alterraun Verner and Robert Herron return to practice at Buccaneers training camp

Here's everything you need to know about today's Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp practice.

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Alterraun Verner was back at practice for the first time since the start of training camp. He's been struggling with a hamstring injury, but is apparently ready to play again now. He wasn't participating fully, though, but should be fine going forward.

In other good news, Robert Herron was back at practice. He was forced to leave the team's first preseason game late in the fourth quarter after landing awkwardly.

Steven Means and Mike Jenkins are both sitting out today's practice. Jenkins did not play on Friday and has been out for about a week with an undefined lower leg injury, while Means had a decent game against the Jaguars and it's not clear whether he's injured or he's simply getting some time off. Finally, Greg Auman notes that defensive tackle Jibreel Black was also held out of practice.

All of that per Scott Smith.

Position battles

After a disastrous performance on Friday night, Oniel Cousins still got the first shot as a first-team guard, this time with Jace Daniels on the opposite side of Evan Dietrich-Smithper Andrew Astleford. I'm still waiting for Cousins to just drop out of this race, because nothing I've seen of him this or last year suggests he's a remotely capable starter.

Brandon Magee moved up second-team linebacker alongside Danny Lansanah and Dane Fletcher, per Greg Auman. Also of note: Anthony Gaitor as a second-team cornerback, mostly because of the absence of Mike Jenkins and Alterraun Verner.

With both Mike Jenkins and Alterraun Verner, Rashaan Melvin was the first-team left cornerback opposite Johnthan Banksper Scott Smith. Melvin has great size and looked like a promising undrafted rookie last year, but couldn't get on the field due to injury.

William Gholston got the reps at right defensive end in place of the injured Steven Meansper Bucs Brief, with Ronald Talley at left end and Da'Quan Bowers still at defensive tackle. Which is notable because that probably means they like Bowers mostly at defensive tackle, and think Gholston is a good enough pass rusher for right end.

Brandon Myers continued to turn himself into an afterthought on this offense. Tim Wright and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are both better receivers, while Luke Stocker is a better blocker. According to the Bucs Brief Podcast, the Bucs rotated tight ends throughout practice, except for Cameron Brate. Given that Myers hasn't stood out at all, It seems like a matter of time before he's just a backup.

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