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Bucs’ preseason features joint workouts, game with Jets’ Aaron Rodgers

The Buccaneers’ exhibition schedule, released Thursday, also includes home games against the Steelers and Ravens.
 
New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers speaks to members of the media Tuesday at the team's practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. The Bucs will participate in at least two joint workouts with the Jets prior to their Aug. 19 preseason game at MetLife Stadium.
New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers speaks to members of the media Tuesday at the team's practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. The Bucs will participate in at least two joint workouts with the Jets prior to their Aug. 19 preseason game at MetLife Stadium. [ JOHN MINCHILLO | AP ]
Published May 25, 2023|Updated May 25, 2023

TAMPA — The Bucs may benefit from Aaron Rodgers leaving the NFC to play for the Jets. But that doesn’t mean they won’t see a lot of the former Packers quarterback in 2023.

The Bucs will participate in at least two joint workouts with the Jets at New York’s practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, before the teams’ Aug. 19 game at MetLife Stadium.

Specific dates and times of those workouts have not been released, but they most likely will be Aug. 16-17.

The Bucs open the preseason Aug. 11 when they host coach Mike Tomlin, a former Tampa Bay assistant, and the Steelers in a 7 p.m. game at Raymond James Stadium.

Then, after the trip to face the Jets, the Bucs conclude the preseason by hosting quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Ravens on Aug. 26.

The Bucs beat Rodgers and the Packers 31-26 in the NFC Championship Game for the 2020 season at Lambeau Field. Last season, Green Bay beat Tampa Bay 14-12 in a Sept. 25 game at Raymond James Stadium.

A year ago, the Bucs held joint workouts with the Titans before their preseason game in Nashville.

Bucs coach Todd Bowles is a proponent of practicing against other teams to break the monotony of training camp while creating team-bonding opportunities.

It may be particularly useful this preseason, as the Bucs embark on a quarterback competition between Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask.

Contact Rick Stroud at rstroud@tampabay.com. Follow @NFLSTROUD.

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