Coming off a 9-7 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open up training camp on July 28. Here is the team’s schedule prior to the 2017 regular season.
When is Buccaneers training camp? (All times local)
7/28 – 8:45 a.m.
7/29 – 8:45 a.m.
7/30 – 8:45 a.m.
8/2 – 8:45 a.m.
8/4 – 8:45 a.m.
8/5 – 8:45 a.m.
8/7 – 8:45 a.m.
8/9 – 8:45 a.m.
8/19 – 9:45 a.m.
8/20 – 8:45 a.m.
8/22 – 8:45 a.m.
8/23 – 8:45 a.m.
8/24 – 8:45 a.m.
Where is Buccaneers training camp?
One Buccaneers Place – Tampa, Fla.
8/11 – Cincinnati Bengals
8/17 – Jacksonville Jaguars
8/26 – Cleveland Browns
8/31 – Washington Redskins
TE – O.J. Howard – Round 1
The Bucs got a breakout year from tight end Cameron Brate last season, but felt the need to land another playmaking tight end. Howard was four-year contributor at Alabama and shined on the brightest stage, catching five passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the Tide’s 2016 title win over Clemson. At 6-foot-6, the phrase “matchup nightmare” has popped up quite often regarding the ultra-athletic tight end.
WR – DeSean Jackson – Free Agency
Just as the Howard selection gives the Bucs more physicality with Mike Evans on the outside, the offense picked up some much-needed speed with the veteran Jackson. He brought down 56 balls for 1,005 yards last season with the Redskins and should be yet another reliable option for quarterback Jameis Winston.
DT – Chris Baker – Free Agency
Baker has totaled 100 tackles and 9.5 sacks over his last two seasons and the Bucs didn’t have to exactly ink him to a hefty contract — Baker signed on a three-year deal worth $15.75. That’s a good contract for a guy who had 42 quarterback pressures last season while stopping the run.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off a 9-7 season that did not get them into the postseason but was good enough to give them loads of optimism heading into this year.
They are ecstatic about their new weapons in the passing game to help their improving young quarterback, but they have to be concerned about a questionable run game that will surely struggle early in the season with Doug Martin’s three-game suspension. They have a defense that is young and was a work in progress a year ago, but they played better than expected late in the season and this looks like a team that will surprise a lot of people.
When you really study them on film, they grow on you, and they are young and confident.” – FanRag Sports’ Gary Horton.