Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Koetter Excited for Camp in Jacksonville

HC Dirk Koetter is eager to see his team compete against the Jaguars this week in Jacksonville.

On Tuesday night, the Buccaneers will depart for Jacksonville, where they will remain through the team's Saturday night game against the Jaguars. The Bucs will have two practices with the Jags on Wednesday and Thursday, one in full pads.

Pictures from the Buccaneers' training camp practice on Monday.

After three weeks of practicing against the same players, the Buccaneers, along with their head coach, are eager for the opportunity to practice against another team. 

"We're looking forward to getting two great days of practice work with Jacksonville on Wednesday and Thursday, one day in pads and one day in shells," Dirk Koetter said. "We really enjoy working against another team, working against new competition."

Practicing in full pads against another team could present issues with players going full-speed ahead against different color jerseys. But Koetter believes that the mutual respect he and Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley have will help things run smoothly through the two days of practices.

"Coach Bradley and I have talked a lot about (being in full pads), we've had a lot of conversations, and the main thing is that we're on the same page, that both teams are on the same page and that the coaching staffs from both teams know what the ground rules are and enforce the ground rules, that's the main thing.

"It really will be practice similar to [what] you're used to seeing out here, it'll just be two practices going on at the same time – our offense against their defense on one field and flipped over on the other field. So similar drills, similar number of reps, and really like we do on a regular week. You have the things you work on, on a Wednesday and the things you work on, on a Thursday, in season."

The Buccaneers did not hold joint practice with other teams last summer, but will scrimmage against two this summer. After traveling to Jacksonville this week, the Buccaneers will host the Browns on August 23rd and 24th, prior to their preseason game at Raymond James Stadium.

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