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 PewterReport.com’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.