Buccaneers Most Disappointing Players of the 2016 Season

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Vernon Hargreaves

For me, Tampa Bay’s most disappointing player in 2016 was Vernon Hargreaves. The Bucs took Hargreaves with the 11th overall pick in last years draft in the hopes that he could improve a struggling secondary. The Bucs secondary did indeed improve a lot between 2015 and 2016, but Hargreaves struggled to adjust to the NFL for the most part. The rookie impressed during training camp and by the beginning of the season VH3 was the starting corner opposite Brent Grimes.

Hargreaves however would go on to give up the most targets, yards and catches in the NFL, as well as six touchdowns. Despite a boat load of targets sent his way, Hargreaves registered just one interception and didn’t seem to have the same play-making ability that he showed throughout college.

On the bright side, corner back is a very difficult position to play as a rookie and once Hargreaves gains some more experience and savvy he should be able to play up to his potential. However, in year one, it was a rough go for him. Quarterbacks picked him apart all season long.

Michael Horan