As we progress back to normalcy in both the real world and in football, we just took another step forward. The Bucs announced on Thursday their schedule for organized training activities (OTAs), rookie mini-camp and mandatory mini-camp. The dates will go from the middle of May through the middle of June.
These practices were cancelled last season due to the pandemic, which led to the infamous Berkley Prep practices led by Tom Brady and company. This year, both sides of the ball are much more familiar with each other as the Bucs come off a Super Bowl championship and look to go for two.
Practices kick off with rookie mini-camp next week, starting Friday, May 14th. It will be the first time we see the likes of rookies Joe Tryon and Kyle Trask in a Bucs uniform.
Though already through one season, the OTA practices will be beneficial as well to the development of last year’s rookies. They’ll have more time to grow the skills of their game.
It is not known yet whether or not Tom Brady will be available to participate when camp comes around. Brady underwent minor knee surgery during the offseason and is still in the process of recovering. He gave an update while attending the Arians Family Foundation gala on April 18th, where he said he hoped to be ready when it starts.
The Bucs have plenty of other passers readily available if Brady can’t go. Trask was just drafted while Ryan Griffin and Blaine Gabbert recently re-signed with Tampa Bay.
It will make for some competition between the backup quarterbacks for training camp in the summer. Here are the following dates for rookie mini-camp, OTAs and mandatory mini-camp that are coming up.