“Feel Like High School”

May 25th, 2016
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Vernon Hargreaves will be fine at home, America’s QB said.

When America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, is on a football field (practice, stadium, it doesn’t matter), he is one happy dude.

During the first session of minicamp earlier this spring, Joe heard Jameis singing out loud; he was so giddy about slinging the football around.

So naturally, with no game to prepare for, and freshly showered after OTA practice yesterday, Jameis was in a fine mood. But what lit his face up was when Joe asked about the new cornerbacks, Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves. Jameis let out an audible sigh and broke out in a wide smile.

“We’ve got some great players,” Jameis said. “We got a lot of talent out there, especially with the addition of Brent Grimes and Vernon [Hargreaves III]. I’m excited to see OTAs on down the road. It’s just the first day; our goal of this day is just to get better and to not make the same mistakes but make new mistakes or, hopefully, get to the point where we’re not making any mistakes at all.”

Interesting comments on Hargreaves. Some folks don’t like local guys being picked up by the local team. Too many old friends, hangers-on and people tugging at his ear.

Jameis doesn’t believe that. He said, in so many words, Hargreaves playing for the Bucs won’t be much different than playing high school ball.

“I think I knew he was from Tampa, so that’s big for him,” Jameis said. “I know he’s got a lot of stuff on his shoulders, but it’s going to feel like high school for him. High school at a different level. I know he’s excited to be playing in front of his family, his friends, and I know it’s going to make him play better because I know he isn’t going to let anybody down.”

Joe hopes that is true, but more so, Joe hopes Hargreaves is able to keep the hangers-on and pseudo friends residing locally at arm’s length. At least until after this season.

Time to focus on becoming a pro and being the best player he can be, not to bend to the wishes of so many looking for a free ride.

9 Responses to ““Feel Like High School””

  1. SB with Jameis Says:

    If you are worried about VH3 not having his head in the game you are wasting your time.

  2. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Grimes and VH3.. Woah.

  3. BUC55 Says:

    Jameis isn’t worried about VH3 and neither am I. Not only does he have MAJOR talent, but he appears to be a very confident, intelligent, and mature kid. Of course he has to prove it like everyone else, I believe he will emerge as a star on our defense fairly quickly.

  4. pick6 Says:

    i’m not sure where he grew up, but i think he played at wharton high which is in Wesley Chapel. It’s not exactly Compton out that way, in fact i imagine it’s a rather difficult place to assemble a Caveman Gang type entourage. I know nothing about his family background, but earnest graham and louis murphy are among the recent players to do their job just fine after returning home

  5. Rrsrq Says:

    VHIII is a son a coach, I believe his father coached at the U, not sure where he is a now, I’m pretty sure he kept his head from getting to blown up, we have had locals before, Mike James, Earnest Graham and Louis Murphy, not to mention Sapp was from Apopka

  6. LongSeason Says:

    Players with hanger-on pseudo friends still maintain those friends even when separated from coast-to-coast. I think VHIII will be okay. Sounds like he has his head on straight.

  7. LoyalBuc96 Says:

    Hey JoeBuc nation. I’ve read Joebucsfan for years now but finally decided to join the fun.

    @Joe: how has Jameis developed with his presence in the pocket(footwork, throwing motion, etc) compared to his rookie season?

    He looks like he is in great shape and ready to set the league on fire as long as all of our offensive weapons remain Healthy. I do not know about this year but if Licht keeps developing this team like he is, we are going to be a force in the next couple years. Go Bucs!

  8. Joe Says:


    @Joe: how has Jameis developed with his presence in the pocket(footwork, throwing motion, etc) compared to his rookie season?

    Jameis appears quicker and smoother. Probably due to being slimmed down. Not sure if that really was a good thing because he took a pounding last year and absorbed a lot of hits.

    Last year Jameis was a little more reserved. This year, he’s the alpha male, clearly. Dude is always singing or joking or laughing or more importantly, encouraging teammates. He truly is a football junkie. Never seen a guy enjoy practices. Jameis does.

    Thanks for your support.

  9. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:


    Don’t forget about the “DON” as well. Mr. Derrick Brooks

    The greatest LB in franchise history by a large margin. That says alot with guys like Hard hitting Hardy Nickerson. and soon to be on that list is LVD. Maybe even Kwon Alexander if he continues grow and play like he did last year.