In a conference call with the Tampa Bay media on Thursday, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians revealed that the team will begin training camp practices on Tuesday, July 21. To’s knowledge, this is the first actual date given from any NFL team for the beginning of training camp for the 2020 season.

“From what I understand right now, players will not report until training camp,” Arians said. “Our dates right now are July 21st, we may have a quarterback school earlier than that. I would seriously doubt if any fans will be at training camp this year due to the virus and the health of the fans and the players. We’ve already cancelled our inter-squad practices with the Titans and the Jaguars. Just looking to get started, hopefully we get some extra days but that’s still I think in the works, the league’s trying to do everything it can to make sure the safety and the health of the players and the fans is taken care of.”

Arians also said rookie and quarterback school could open for the team on July 15, a week before training camp begins.

Arians added that he seriously doubts fans will be permitted at practices due to restrictions from COVID-19.

The earlier start date for training camp is likely due to the cancellation of OTAs and mini-camp in the spring. Arians said that players, especially rookies, have already missed 400 reps due to the lack of OTAs and mini-camps.

Jon Ledyard is's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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Jon, July 21st seems so far away from here. You guy have written some of the best stuff ever from Pewter, Report, but just dying to start getting news and highlights from live OTA’s, workouts, team meetings, anything to see how the new team is coming together.

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Hopefully Brady will have a lot of private sessions with the Receiver for reducing the Impact of the missing Training.

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I am so looking forward to this season it’s ridiculous. Literally paying attention to soccer and the teams that started playing already, just in case there was a CHANCE I could glean some info. that could help the NFL! (I have them on speed dial and vice versa! Didn’t ya know? LOL) Anything to help football start as close to on time as possible.. Naw, I didn’t watch soccer! I AM super excited to see NFL football again though!! This season is going to be crazy fun for us long suffering Bucs fans.. Almost 20yrs since the team did the… Read more »


Arians said new players have already missed 400 reps due to the restrictions.
Didn’t he tell Wirfs to practice protecting Tom Brady by jumping in and out of the pool while he was at home?? I hear that’s a really effective drill!

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Bummer! I’ve been going to Training Camp and watching as many practice sessions as I can since the days at the original One Buc Place when it was somewhat clandestine watching from the bed of my truck looking over the bushes. Only got tossed once (Sam Wyche) and got invited inside once (Ray Perkins). Going to miss seeing Pinkstob and his family.

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