The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ rookies report to training camp today, officially kicking off the start of NFL training camps for 2013.
The Bucs exercised the option to have rookies report early this year, giving them some time to get adjusted. Veterans report a week from today, with the first full-team practice on July 25.
Rookie Story Lines
Several rookies could make an impact right away.
Defensive tackle Akeem Spence, a fourth-round draft pick out of Illinois, could step in and become the starting nose tackle opposite Gerald McCoy.
Second-round draft pick Johnthan Banks could emerge starting opposite Darrelle Revis at cornerback.
I talked about Banks and where I see him fitting in on Sunday when I filled in for Steve Kyler with Joey Qatato and Mike Corcoran. You can listen to that audio here.
I talked about Banks with Ryan Bass, who was filling in for David Baumann on Tuesday, along with what my expectations are for rookie quarterback Mike Glennon and his mastery of the playbook.
I also talk about Mike James if he can become the backup running back. You can listen to that audio here.
I’m intrigued by how the team figures to use former Michigan State defensive end William Gholston and defensive end Steven Means, a pass rushing specialist out of Buffalo.
Training Camp Rules
In accordance to the CBA, teams are permitted to bring rookies in no more than 22 days prior to the first preseason game and veterans no more than 15 or July 15 — whichever comes earlier.
The first day of camp includes physical exams, meetings, and classroom instruction, but no actual practicing.
Teams are permitted to begin practices after the first day, but pads and contact aren’t permitted until after the first two on-field practices.
Teams are allowed to conduct two-a-day practices but the new CBA specifies that only one padded practice can take place in a day.
Players cannot be on the field longer than four hours per day and during padded practices, they cannot be on the field longer than three hours during that session.
A three-hour break is required in between practice sessions to allow sufficient time to eat, rehydrate, and recoup.
The Bucs are making 10 training camp practices open to the public this year.
Camp will take place at One Buc Place, with the exception of the team’s annual night practice, which will be on Saturday, July 27 at Raymond James Stadium.
Here is a list of the practices, which are free and open to the public, weather permitting:
Thursday, July 25: 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, July 26: 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 27: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Night Practice at Raymond James Stadium)
Monday, July 29: 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 31: 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 1: 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, August 2: 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 3: 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 6: 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 10: 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.