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Three things we learned from Buccaneers OTA's today

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers resumed their offseason workouts today. Here are three things we learned.


Still a few injuries, but Ali Marpet is back

The Bucs are still practicing without defensive end Jacquies Smith, center Joe Hawley and wide receiver Louis Murphy, according to Greg Auman. All three are recovering from medical procedures. No details on J.R. Sweezy, but expectations were he'd sit out the offseason until training camp started, so no reason to assume he was back today. Undrafted running back Russell Hansbrough was also absent, per Auman, and has been for a while.

Ali Marpet, though, did make it back to practice for the first time this offseason. So that's good news.

Ali Marpet and Kevin Pamphile were training at center

With Hawley out, the Bucs need a few other options at center. Both right guard Ali Marpet and do-it-all backup Kevin Pamphile were training at center for at least a portion of practice, per Auman. More versatility is always valuable, so this makes sense.

Noah Spence continues to look good

The Bucs have been happy with Noah Spence's talent, and his attitude this offseason. There's no indication that the pre-draft character worries were warranted, though it's still very early. So far, though, he's been working hard, and Dirk Koetter is suitably impressed. If he can live up to his talent, the Bucs got a steal.