Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Takeaways from Hard Knocks, Episode 1

A few notes from the first episode of Hard Knocks.

1. DeSean Jackson will be a focal point.
If the first episode is any indication, we'll be seeing a lot of DeSean Jackson on Hard Knocks this year. Jackson brought the Hard Knocks crew back to his home to meet his family, something that had been teased by HBO earlier in the week. Hard Knocks also spent time focusing on Jackson's on-field performance, including a candid conversation between the Buccaneers' quarterbacks.

2. Jameis Winston brought the crew back home.
Winston came from humble beginnings growing up in Alabama. We got a look inside his childhood home in Hard Knocks' opening scene when Winston brought NFL Films to him hometown of Bessemer for a tour. As we expected, Winston will be one of the featured storylines throughout camp, along with Jackson and Gerald McCoy. 

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  1. Renovations were on full display**
    The Buccaneers' new indoor training facility should be done by the start of the regular season, and those renovations were on full display on Tuesday. Hard Knocks captured footage of the construction crew working on the new facility and it was referenced by Special Teams Coordinator Nate Kaczor in a team meeting.

4. Snoop Dogg made a cameo.
Jeremy McNichols, the Buccaneers' fifth-round draft pick, is from Long Beach, California and grew up playing in Snoop Dogg's youth football league. During some down time in between practices, the Hard Knocks crew captured McNichols FaceTiming with Snoop Dogg. It wouldn't be surprising to see McNichols, who is battling for a roster spot in a crowded backfield, featured often as training camp carries on. 

5. Riley Bullough is impressing.
Every year, Hard Knocks spends time with players on the roster bubble, in addition to the stars that everybody has come to know. Bullough, an undrafted rookie, has been impressing Head Coach Dirk Koetter and Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith, despite working with the Buccaneers' third-team defense. Bullough could be a player we see Hard Knock

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