The NFL released the preseason schedule on Thursday. Times haven’t been announced, but here’s a first look at the opponents for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Week 1 (Aug. 11-15) at Philadelphia Eagles
Comment: This will be the head coaching debut for Doug Pederson and he may be doing it with a different quarterback. There have been reports the Eagles are interested in moving up in the draft to get quarterback Carson Wentz, which would be interesting considering they gave Sam Bradford a two-year, $36 million contract in March.
Week 2 (Aug. 18-22) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Comment: There have been preliminary reports the Bucs and Jaguars will hold some joint training camp practices, which likely would happen in the days leading up to this game. The Jaguars’ offense should be even better with the addition of running back Chris Ivory, a healthy Julius Thomas at tight end and an improved left side of the offensive line.
Week 3 (Aug. 26, 8 p.m. ET) vs. Cleveland Browns
Comment: The top quarterback from last year’s draft likely will face off against the top quarterback from this year’s draft, whether it’s Wentz or Jared Goff, in a game in which the starters should play into the third quarter. The Browns do have some weapons in tight end Gary Barnidge and running back Duke Johnson, and there’s a possibility that receiver Josh Gordon could again be in the mix if he’s reinstated by the league.
Week 4 (Sept. 1-2) at Washington Redskins
Comment: The starters won’t play much in this game so Jameis Winston will only be on the field for a drive or two. This could be a final showcase game for quarterback Mike Glennon, who has been the subject of trade speculation throughout the offseason. Coach Dirk Koetter has said he’s leery of losing Glennon, but a quarterback-needy team could make the Bucs an offer that’s too good to decline.