Bucs to hold joint practices in August with Jaguars, Browns
For the first time in three years, the Bucs will hold joint practices with another NFL team this summer, with plans to do so with the Jaguars and Browns before facing them in preseason games in August.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday that the Bucs will head to Jacksonville early before their second preseason game, practicing with the Jaguars for two days and then taking a day off before their game on Aug. 20. They'll do the same at home before facing the Browns on Aug. 26.
"Training camp's a long grind," Koetter explained. "It's great to go against other people and other looks and a good way to test where you're at. It's almost like you're having two practices at once -- your offense is practicing on one field, your defense on the other, instead of going against each other. I'm a big believer in seeing the different looks."
The Bucs haven't had a joint practice since 2013, when the Patriots worked out in Tampa with the Bucs as an extension of the friendship between head coaches Bill Belichick and Greg Schiano. Lovie Smith wasn't as big a fan of joint practices, so the Bucs hadn't done so in the last two seasons.