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Day and night: Arians plans to switch up Bucs practice schedule to accommodate different kickoff times

Bucs coach said team will prepare for early-season late kickoffs by having later practice times.
 
DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians talks with reporters during a media scrum after mandatory mini-camp on June 5, 2019 at the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa, Florida.
DIRK SHADD | Times Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians talks with reporters during a media scrum after mandatory mini-camp on June 5, 2019 at the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa, Florida.
Published June 6, 2019

TAMPA -- Bucs coach Bruce Arians said he plans to hold training camp practices at different times of the day to get his team accustomed to a number of different kickoff times.

Arians said he plans to have practices start from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and some as late at 6:30 p.m. The Bucs will play four games in the 4 p.m. hour in 2019, including three of their first four games. They also play an 8:20 p.m. game during that stretch on Thursday night in Week 2.

That doesn't include the Bucs' Week 6 game in London, which will kick at 9:30 a.m. local time.

“We’re going to mix it up,” Arians said of the practice schedule. “We don’t want to get into that dead routine and not being to match up when the games comes up.”

The Bucs schedule is a bear. Following their Week 3 4:05 kick against the Giants at Raymond James Stadium, they won't play a game in Tampa for the next five weeks until a Week 10 home game against the Cardinals. That stretch includes the team's trip to London, which counts as a Bucs home game, and west coast trips to Los Angeles and Seattle.

Arians said he also wants to avoid practicing in the team's indoor facility too often during camp.

"I hope not, I hope not," Arians said. "I like to be right out here, because that building (Raymond James Stadium) doesn't have a roof. If it rains or it's lightning, we'll be in there."

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.