The Buccaneers haven’t offered any details or a press release on it, but NFL.com reported today the Buccaneers’ rookies are set to arrive on July 18, eight days earlier than the veterans.
It may be a buried detail from last season’s CBA (collective bargaining agreement) but for teams like Tampa Bay, which feel they may have at least three rookies in the starting lineup come September 9, it should prove to be a huge benefit to have the rookies report over a weekly earlier than the veterans.
Obviously last season was a complete disaster for rookies from around the entire league, and Tampa Bay rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster was clearly a victim of the 132-day NFL lockout, which wiped out the entire offseason workouts.
First round picks Mark Barron and Doug Martin, along with second round selection Lavonte David, are all expected to contribute, if not start on opening day. The extra eight days, combined with the OTAs and mini-camps they rookies were able to participate in, should give them a boost in getting acclimated first to the Florida heat, but also the playbooks.
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