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Buccaneers training camp 2016: Notes from day one

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Minicamp Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Training camp for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is on, and day one was a fairly quiet one. The Bucs worked in the heat, periodically going through helmet-less periods to manage exhaustion, and had a solid all-around practice. Jameis Winston got training camp started in the huddle, a few receivers and defensive backs shined throughout the day, and we got some glimpses of the roster.

Here are notes from day one of Bucs training camp.

Training camp notes - Day one

  • Alterraun Verner had one heck of a day, with two near-interceptions. The Bucs are relying on him, among others, to get the secondary going again.
  • The first-team secondary consisted of Verner, cornerback Brent Grimes, safety Bradley McDougald and safety Chris Conte, with rookie Vernon Hargreaves in the slot, per Roy Cummings.
  • The Bucs had perfect attendance: 90 players, 87 cleared for practice, according to Scott Smith. The three players who haven’t been cleared are guard J.R. Sweezy, receiver Louis Murphy and undrafted safety Elijah Shumate.
  • Fourth-round pick Ryan Smith is fitting in at safety, playing with the second team opposite Chris Conte, according to Greg Auman. That suggests he’s ahead of veteran Major Wright right now.
  • Kenny Bell, Adam Humphries and Russell Shepard all stood out at receiver today. According to Scott Smith, Shepard caught two deep balls, while Bell was repeatedly targeted by both Mike Glennon and Jameis Winston.
  • The defensive line looks pretty much how we expected. William Gholston is lining up at left end on base downs, and elsewhere on passing downs, per JoeBucsFan. Noah Spence was at defensive end on passing downs, per Rick Brown.