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It's looking like a bounce-back year for NFL Draft busts -
A lot of first-round picks we've casually written off are having a great preseason.

Rams player Will Hayes believes in mermaids, so someone showed up to practice dressed as one -

Colts add Antonio Cromartie to secondary with 1-year deal -
Antonio Cromartie's best days in the NFL are likely in the rearview mirror, but he's a durable cornerback who has spent the large majority of the last nine seasons as a top-quality starter.

RG3 and Christian Ponder lead All-Stars from Week 2 of the preseason -
Jimmy Garoppolo also showed he can replace Tom Brady — for four games, at least.

Coach Koetter on Benefits of Joint Practices
HC Dirk Koetter spoke to the media on Monday about positional battles and practicing with the Browns and Jaguars.

Vernon Hargreaves Earns First-Team Look
After a standout performance in Saturday's win in Jacksonville, rookie CB Vernon Hargreaves began to get some work with the starting defense at outside cornerback on Monday.

Bucs Eager for Test Against 3-4 Defense
Camp Notes: An opportunity to compete against Cleveland's 3-4 base defensive scheme is one of the most attractive aspects of holding joint practices with the Browns…Plus a roster move and more.

Bucs Brate Fine After Hard Hit; Knows He Has To Make The Catch
Bucs starting TE Cameron Brate didn't have his best game on Saturday but was okay after taking a hard hit against the Jags.

Bucs Getting A Good Look At RB Depth - Pewter Report

Bucs' Aguayo Admits Missed Kicks Affecting Confidence "A Little Bit" - Pewter Report
Bucs' K Aguayo admits the last two weeks have affected his confidence but sees the minor slump as a learning experience.'s Bucs Monday Mailbag 8-22: Faster Starts
Get your Bucs questions answered each week in the Monday Mailbag from This week five reader questions were answered.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Vernon Hargreaves gets first-team defense reps - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Vernon Hargreaves' two-interception game Saturday helped earn him reps with the first-team defense Monday.

Bucs' Dirk Koetter says Jameis Winston has to get off to faster start - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay offense are getting off to slow starts, but the answer as to why that's the case remains a mystery.

The NFL is long overdue on shortening the preseason | Tampa Bay Times
Seriously, it's time to do something about the NFL preseason.

Jones: Gramatica says to give Bucs kicker Aguayo time | Tampa Bay Times
Martin Gramatica, the best kicker in Bucs history, answered his phone Monday afternoon.

Bucs to get preview of 3-4 looks against Browns defense | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The Bucs have two joint practices and a game this week against the Browns, and one benefit for Tampa Bay will be preparing coach Dirk Koetter's offense for 3-4 defenses, which at least six opponents will use this season.

Bucs, Browns cooperate on logistics for joint practices | Tampa Bay Times
Hosting joint practices as the Bucs will with the Browns, featuring new QB Robert Griffin III (above), in the next two days presents some logistical challenges. But coach Dirk Koetter said he has had good communications with Cleveland coach Hue Jackson in setting up ground rules.

Bucs rookie Vernon Hargreaves making strong bid to start | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — While one highly drafted rookie struggles to kick the football straight, Vernon Hargreaves' confidence is soaring higher than the uprights after his two interceptions in the Bucs' 27-21 win over the Jaguars in a preseason game on Saturday