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Training camp for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will start in a matter of weeks, this as the team begins its fifth decade as an NFL franchise. Hopes for the 2016 season are resting on a new head coach and on running back Peyton Barber, who was signed to the team earlier this year as an undrafted free agent.
After Kids Day and Military Appreciation Day, both of which are closed to the public, the team will conduct the first of 11 open practice sessions on Saturday, July 30. These will continue periodically for more than three weeks, ending Aug. 24. Except for the last one, these sessions will take place from 8:45 to 10 a.m. More information on team practice activities is available at www.reddit.com/r/buccaneers.
Tampa Bay will play its first preseason game at Philadelphia on Aug. 11 and its first home game two weeks later. Preseason wraps up on Sept. 1 and regular season starts on Sept. 11, with the team traveling to Atlanta. Tampa Bay will play its home opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 25 and, the following week, will host the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. Facing the AFC West this year, Tampa Bay will also host the Oakland Raiders and play the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers on the road. In accordance with its 2016 schedule, Tampa Bay will play teams in the NFC North division and, as usual, play each division rival twice, hosting the Carolina Panthers in the last regular season game of the year.