With preseason starting football fans everywhere are wondering what the next five months will hold for their team and Buccaneer fans are no different. The Bucs have been holding open practices for fans to go see what the new team is going to look like, and the fans were not disappointed. The stands at One Buc Place were filled with fans of all ages and sizes. They were sat intently watching their team put on a great practice as they get ready for the 2014 NFL football season.
They have a modern new look to their uniform to go with the team and it’s new coach. Fans going to the practices can also find the brand-new Bucs gear available for purchase as well as a kid’s zone for practicing, food area, bathrooms, and the “ship.” The Bucs cheerleaders were on hand to sign autographs with some famous Bucs alumni and of course “Buccaneer Bruce.”
The kid’s zone follows the Play 60 program the NFL is sponsoring to get kids off of the couch and outside exercising. They had football tosses and running games, as well as an obstacle course. There were also free screenings on-site for the kids with prizes and giveaways.
Coach Lovie Smith and his new team are taking the drills by storm. They are leaving nothing behind, and they are hoping for a great show against the Jaguars, the Dolphins, Bills and the Redskins in preseason.
The presumption is the Coach Smith will start the Bears former backup quarterback, Josh McCown. The Jaguars are expected to go with their Rookie quarterback, Blake Bortles. All eyes will fall on the rookies on both sides to see if they will be the assistance each team is looking for to get to the big game.
The game against Jacksonville starts tonight at 7:30 in Jacksonville. The crowd is expected to have fans from both sides as the in-state rivals meet for just the 10th time and Jacksonville has a 6-3 advantage over the Bucs. Only time and games will tell how this year’s team will play out, but you can bet they will be a tighter team then the 4-12 team they were before.