The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open training camp on Sunday, July 25, at the AdventHealth Training Center. Fans will be welcomed back for this session after missing last year due to the pandemic. The 16 camp practices are open only to season pass holders, luxury suite owners, Stadium Club members, premium seat holders, and sponsors – all of whom are prioritized by tenure on a first-come basis. Those not able to attend practices can still watch the beginning of each workout on the team’s Training Camp Live show carried on Buccaneers.com, the Bucs’ YouTube channel, Facebook page and app.
Tough Tom Brady
The latest news from the reigning Super Bowl champs is on quarterback Tom Brady’s knee. More specifically, Brady played all of last season with a torn MCL in his left knee that he suffered in his final season with the Patriots. The injury gradually worsened during his first season with the Bucs, and Brady finally had surgery to repair his knee in late February after winning his seventh Super Bowl at the age of 43. Brady tore the ACL in the same knee during the 2008 season. The risk of playing with a torn MCL is that the knee can easily hyperextend or bend in the wrong direction. TB uses his left knee to step into his passes.
History & Honor
The Bucs continue to make NFL history. Not only were they the first team to play in and subsequently win a Super Bowl in their home stadium, but Tampa Bay is also returning all 22 starters that appeared on the Super Bowl LV flip card roster — a first under the NFL’s salary cap era. And yet a rookie cornerback is giving Bucs fans more reason to cheer. Cameron Kinley, a former Navy football captain and president of his class, was recently granted permission to delay his five-year commitment to the Navy and play for Tampa Bay. Originally denied in May, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin made the announcement two weeks ago that Kinley could play for the Bucs. After many made pleas to President Biden after the Acting Secretary of the Navy declined to send Kinley’s deferment package to the Secretary of Defense, and was told he could not appeal the decision, we’ll now see the CB suiting up in pewter and red. Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Bucs and who participated in the team’s rookie minicamp with the Navy’s permission, Bucs coach Bruce Arians said of Kinley, “I thought he showed promising signs when he was here.”
And with those 22 returning starters, the Bucs are favored to win back-to-back Super Bowls with many experts predicting the team will win at least 12 games during the regular season. Some awards we could see the team taking home this season include:
- ILB Lavonte David – Pro Bowl and every award he’s eligible for
- ILB Devin White – Pro Bowl/All-Pro
- GM Jason Licht – Executive of the Year
- OLB Joe Tryon – Defensive Rookie of the Year
- RT Tristan Wirfs – Pro Bowl/All-Pro
All tickets for the Buccaneers 2021 season home games at Raymond James Stadium have sold out. All games, beginning with the team’s first preseason contest on August 14, will be played with 100 percent fan capacity.
Cheers to adding one more boat parade to Champa Bay next February! Go, Bucs!