In a not so normal 2020, the strangeness continued on Tuesday. The media was allowed our first access into the Advent Health Training Center this year – albeit it socially distanced, in masks and wearing distancing devices around our neck that would set off an alarm if media members got too close to another person.

Still, it was a football field, with the aroma of fresh mowed grass in the air and music blaring across the practice fields as the Buccaneers offense, led by quarterback Tom Brady, took the field at 7:30 for a morning workout.

TE Rob Gronkowski – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The media viewing area was at the south end of the field so we essentially were looking 100 yards north to see what was happening. The workout began with stretching as Brady and his fellow quarterbacks – Ryan Griffin and Blaine Gabbert – participated in the stretching drills lined up next to each other. Quarterbacks were then joined by running backs, receivers and tight ends for some warm up throws in what looked to be some goal line passing work divided into three groups.

Newly signed running back LeSean McCoy joined his teammates for the first time on Tuesday and participated in some of the drills wearing a gray hoodie in the morning heat and body-drenching humidity. Wide receiver Mike Evans was easy to spot as his imposing height and wingspan was easy to detect even from such a distance.

Just before the media viewing period ended the team began throwing some passes towards the south end zone and we saw Brady and Rob Gronkowski hook up over the middle. Brady also had a couple connections with Evans on deeper balls.


While it wasn’t much to see, the reality that Brady is the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was confirmed for those thinking they have been dreaming since March 20. We saw it with our own eyes, even if it was from 100 yards away while wearing a mask during a pandemic.

It was strange, but better than no football at all.

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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scot pederson

LEt the excitement continue!

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TBChucky

Can’t wait to hear about full squad work..

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chefboho

It still almost feels unreal. Seeing Gronk and Brady is just a kid in a candy store feeling. The excitement builds with every clip we get! Keep em coming gentlemen!

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Ian

Jason Licht for 2020 GM of the Year!
In Bucco Bruce we trust!

You can lead a Winston to water,
but you cannot make him think.
But if you lead a G.O.A.T. to the water…
you know he’s gonna drink!!

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ScottC543

Bring on the Aints!

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bucballer

It’s a start right! Finally, and hopefully for the duration of a full schedule. It’s really wild to see Brady, Gronk, McCoy mixed in with new draft class out on the fields. This team will look much differently than last years. Here’s sending positive vibes to all our Buc players and coaches that they stay healthy and perhaps will have a magical and exciting season this year. Here’s hoping that the very LAST game at Raymond James involves the home team.

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owlykat

Good tidbits!

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Horse

Go Bucs!

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ayron54

Was there music playing because it was a workout and not an actual practice??
So excited to see what our offense looks like but I may be even more excited to see how our defense shocks the league!! Go Bucs!! Its a new day in Tampa Bay!

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scot pederson

Still so hard to believe that we kept most all our best D players and to add a Brady, Gronk & Shady at RB, just wow!

The endless debates on Chronic Interceptions will finally come to an end. Won’t have to hear excuses that the WRs didn’t run the right route or didn’t come back to the ball or the Oline gave poor protection.

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SufferingSince76

Off topic, but what happened to BAB? I thought he was into what was happening this year.

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