According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the NFL will permit the Bucs to start training camp on July 24, three days earlier than most of the league. The early report date is due to the Bucs opening the NFL season on Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

This year will mark the first time the Bucs have ever opened an NFL season, as they host the Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium on September 9. If they open camp on the 24th of July, it will be 47 days ahead of their first game. It’ll be even longer for their opponent, as the Cowboys can open camp on July 21. Dallas plays Pittsburgh in the Hall of Fame game to open preseason action.

All other 29 teams will report to camp on July 27, the first time the league has had a uniform start date to the season. Week 1 will begin with Bucs-Cowboys, then continue on Sunday, September 12 with a full slate of games. You can see the full 17-game schedule for the Bucs here, as well as the Pewter Report crew’s thoughts on their toughest matchups.

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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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19 days ago

Love all the coverage you guys are providing in the off season. Please keep up the outstanding work.