As with Cichy, Hargreaves has spent most of his highly anticipated career on the sidelines with injuries, including the entire 2018 season after facing a season-ending injury week one. However, even when Hargreaves has been healthy, he has not exactly fit the bill of a former first round pick.
Former defensive coordinator Smith may have been misusing Hargreaves, though, and Bowles has no intentions of doing such a thing. Instead of playing Hargreaves in a heavy cover-three scheme, Bowles has him close to the line of scrimmage in press-man coverage. This is the scheme Hargreaves played in college, and he has already voiced his excitement about getting back into this aggressive style of play with the Buccaneers under Bowles.
Arians has expressed his confidence in Hargreaves this offseason, and thus far in training camp, he is not letting his head coach down. Making acrobatic interceptions, battling with star receiver Mike Evans on the goal line, and overall being where he needs to be, Hargreaves has shown great improvement this summer.
The Buccaneers picked up Hargreaves’ fifth-year option, so he is under contract in Tampa Bay through 2020. He has the versatility to play in the nickel or outside, so if Hargreaves continues to earn the trust of the coaching staff, then he will have no problem finding playing time on the field this season.