The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be featured on the 12th season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the team confirmed on Wednesday.
The show will give viewers an inside look at the Bucs as they prepare for the upcoming season. The first episode will air on Tuesday, Aug. 8 and will run five weeks through Sept. 5.
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The show, produced by HBO Sports and NFL Films, takes fans inside an NFL teams training camp to see all aspects of team operations, from locker room huddles to private player-coach meetings.
“A tremendous amount of hard work goes on behind the scenes to prepare for an NFL season and Hard Knocks does a great job every year of giving the fans the type of unprecedented access that only NFL Films can provide,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said. “Our fans will get to know our players, coaches and support staff like never before.”
The Bucs will be the 10th team featured on the long-running documentary series.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have everything we look for when it comes to Hard Knocks,” said NFL Films Senior Executive Director Ross Ketover. “A young, dynamic team filled with big names; an experienced coaching staff focused on taking their squad to the next level; and high expectations in a division that has represented the NFC in the past two Super Bowls.”
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Smith have experience with “Hard Knocks,” having been with the 2014 Atlanta Falcons team that was the subject of the documentary series. The Buccaneers follow the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, and Baltimore Ravens as teams to be featured on the program.
Expect Jameis Winston’s improvement to be a big storyline this season. The quarterback is said to love the camera and the team is hoping his personality can shine through and help people see him in a different light. Public opinion of the quarterback is mixed after he was accused of rape in 2012. He was never charged and Winston and his accuser settled a lawsuit earlier this year.