Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6 Reasons to be Excited for 2017

A few reasons to look forward to the 2017 season.

1. Hard Knocks.
Fans in the Tampa Bay area know all about Jameis Winston's work ethic, Gerald McCoy's ability to get after opposing quarterbacks and Mike Evans' knack for finding the end zone. For fans who haven't become acquainted with the Buccaneers' roster, they will have an opportunity throughout training camp when the team is featured on HBO's Hard Knocks. Filming has already kicked into high gear. The first episode is scheduled for August 8th.

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  1. Jameis Winston's third season.**  
    Winston's first two seasons, statistically speaking, have been historic. He is the first player in NFL history to begin his career with back-to-back 4,000-yard passing seasons and was selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie. According to the Bucs' coaches, he's just scratching the surface. Winston has rallied the Buccaneers from a 2-14 team when he took over to playoff contenders in just two seasons. Winston's progress will be key as the Bucs push towards their first postseason birth since 2007.

3. An indoor practice facility.
The Buccaneers have had four training camp practices thus far. Three of those included rain. The team is in the process of building a brand new indoor practice facility, with the completion date lining up with the start of the regular season. Starting next summer, training camp will be hosted in the new indoor practice facility.

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  1. DeSean Jackson's arrival in Tampa Bay.**
    The Buccaneers were calculated with their free agent signings this year, signing a few talented players in key areas of need. Of those signings, Jackson, may be the most significant. The Buccaneers have been searching for a deep threat to compliment Evans and Jackson is one of the best in the business.

5. Stadium renovations.
For the second year in a row, Buccaneers fans will be treated to upgrades at their home stadium. The team will be unveiling a 10,000 square-foot team shop and also introducing the all-new West Stadium Club.

6. The rookie.
With their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers selected a player many thought to be a top-ten pick – tight end O.J. Howard. At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, Howard is a matchup nightmare, particularly in the red zone. Howard was impressive during OTAs and mini-camp and has carried that momentum into training camp.

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