Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hard Knocks Wish List: Episode 1

A few things we hope to see during the first episode of Hard Knocks.

The season premiere of Hard Knocks is just one day away; the first episode is scheduled for August 8th at 10 p.m. The crew from NFL Films has been hard at work capturing some of the top moments from training camp. Here are a few things we hope to see when the first episode airs:

  • Gerald McCoy's superhero cleats:It's no secret that Gerald McCoy loves superheroes and comic books. During the Bucs' first training camp practice, McCoy was wearing cleats featuring the Hulk. He also has cleats with Batman, Wolverine and the Joker on them. Hopefully the crew from Hard Knocks had an opportunity to sit down with McCoy to ask him about his love for superheroes and his creative cleats.
  • Jameis Winston's early-morning workouts:Winston is usually the first person to arrive at the Buccaneers' facilities in the morning. He arrives every day promptly at 5:45 a.m. It would be interesting to see Winston's early-morning routine – who is in the building when he gets here, what he does when he arrives early and so on.
  • Robert Ayers the family man:On the football field, Ayers is an intimidating figure. Off of it, he's a loving dad and husband. Ayers' social media presence is covered with pictures and videos of his kids. The juxtaposition between his on-field and off-field persona is an interesting angle for Hard Knocks to take.   
  • Mike Evans' budding relationship with DeSean Jackson:When Evans pulled up to training camp, he did so in a car driven by Jackson. The two know that their individual success largely depends on the performance of the other receiver, and both players have taken extra steps toward building chemistry with each other. It would be interesting to have a behind-the-scenes look at their relationship.
  • Coach Koetter's speeches:Koetter's fiery post-game locker room speeches are already famous, despite the fact that he's been the Bucs' head for just one season. Hard Knocks has already released a teaser clip of Koetter delivering a speech to the team's rookies. Hopefully there's that, and then some, during the first episode.
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