HBO 'Hard Knocks': All the Bucs teaser videos for tonight's show
HBO's "Hard Knocks" has its first episode from Bucs training camp on Tuesday at 10 p.m., and a staff of 32 has been busy chronicling every aspect of practices and meetings at One Buc Place, as well as players' lives away from football.
What might we see in the one-hour show? The folks at NFL Films culling the final product from hundreds of hours of footage have given us some clues, in teaser videos posted on Twitter from the NFL Films account.
Here's a full list, with a little on each video:
Jon Gruden praises Brent Grimes
The former Bucs coach, miked up as he talks at practice with GM Jason Licht, talks about veteran cornerback Brent Grimes and says "what a steal he was" for the Bucs. The subtitles have him saying "you're my favorite player, man" but if you listen, he says "you're one of my favorite players, man" Just saying ...
Jameis Winston breaks the huddle
The NFL Films cameras get you inside a Bucs huddle, where Winston says things like "We've got a road to build! So let's start laying down that dang asphalt!" Nothing says an all-business mindset quite like "Profession on three!"
Gerald McCoy, Samurai warrior
McCoy vacationed in Japan and Hong Kong over the summer, showing up for the first day of training camp in a kimono with a paper fan. Here, he and Clinton McDonald trade fake sumo grunts before McCoy bows to the camera.
DeSean Jackson by the pool
Our Rick Stroud -- watch out for Times cameos, people -- was at DeSean Jackson's new house in Tampa when NFL Films interviewed him. Jackson talks about the calming balance his kids bring him, keeping him from getting into "the most terrible mood ever" from anything bad on the football field.
Casual teammate talk about, yes, HBO programming
One of the best parts of "Hard Knocks" are the outtakes that play over the end credits on each show. Gerald McCoy and Kevin Pamphile get caught talking about HBO's own "Game of Thrones," so it's quality cross-promotion and synergy. It's spoiler-free, for those you still a season or six behind the live programming.
Jameis Winston loves kids
Winston's little brother gives him a natural bond with the youngest of Bucs fans, and this clip shows Winston doggedly trying to complete a pass to one. You get a Jameis staple: "You can do anything you put your mind to," and a determined "We're not stooping down to nobody's level." Getting to jump and celebrate a catch with an NFL franchise quarterback is a cool thing to show your friends.
Bucs receivers, discussing emojis
DeSean Jackson wore a sleeve covered in emojis early in training camp, and the cameras caught him talking about them with Mike Evans. "I used to hate emojis, but now I'm using them always," Evans says, saying the kiss emoji is reserved for his wife, Ashli.
Jameis Winston, Animal Lover
Winston let the HBO folks go to his hometown and showed the humble home where he grew up, proud even of the cockroaches doing ... something out front. Winston suggests they're mating, or "having a baby." Winston says he's like "the Crocodile Hunter with roaches." "Mother Nature at its best." Outstanding.
Dirk Koetter welcomes the rookies
Here's an inside look at a Dirk Koetter meeting, and how he greets rookies, telling them of the opportunity that awaits them in training camp. "Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet," he says. Somebody in that room will be a star on the show as they battle for a roster spot ...