Head coaches in their first year with a new club often don't have the time to negotiate joint training camp practices with another team, but that isn't the case with Hue Jackson. Earlier today, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter confirmed that the Bucs will hold joint practice sessions with the Jacksonville Jaguars and then the Cleveland Browns in August.
The Browns will not be hosting the joint practice sessions in Berea. Much like last year when they traveled to New York to practice with the Buffalo Bills leading up to a preseason game, they will travel to Tampa Bay for practices on August 23-24 before playing their third preseason game against them at Raymond James Stadium on August 26 on CBS. Here is what Koetter had to say about the joint sessions:
"Training camp's a long grind. It's great to go against other people and other looks and a good way to test where you're at. It's almost like you're having two practices at once -- your offense is practicing on one field, your defense on the other, instead of going against each other. I'm a big believer in seeing the different looks."
The joint practice sessions should not reduce the amount of training camp dates that are open to the fans in Berea. Typically, the Berea practices open to the public begin in late-July or early-August and run through mid-August, before being only open to media after that. It is unclear at this point in time whether fans in the Tampa area will be permitted to attend the teams' joint practice session.