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TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians benched former first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves in the third quarter of the Bucs’ 30-27 win over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday because he didn’t believe Hargreaves showed enough effort at the beginning of the third quarter, when the defense surrendered a 55-yard catch on a slant route by Andy Isabella.
“He didn’t look like he was hustling to go in for a tackle,” said Arians, who had called out the secondary earlier this week for giving up a fourth-quarter lead to the Seattle Seahawks.
“If that’s what Coach saw, that’s what he saw,” said Hargreaves, the Bucs’ most experienced corner with 34 career starts under his belt. “There’s no arguing it. I need to hustle, point-blank, end of discussion. And I’ll get better. I’m sure I’ll talk with him this week and we’ll get things straightened out and we’ll see where to go from here.”
Vernon Hargreaves was also benched during the first practice of OTAs, but there were no further incidents, and Hargreaves had a strong camp. AP Photo/Chris O’Meara
Hargreaves did return late in the game when second-year nickelback M.J. Stewart suffered a right knee injury and