TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gear up to play their first pre-season game against the Minnesota Vikings, Bucs fans scramble to One Buc Place to watch one of the last open practices for fans.
“We haven’t had the opportunity to get up close with any of the players yet but I think that really draws people in and helps people support the Bucs more than ever,” said Bucs fan Katrina Barcellona.
“Some might think it doesn’t matter but it always matters. That’s when our boys get them reps that are really needed. Them hard hits. Preseason that’s when it starts baby,” said Jose Santiago who is better know by his “What The Buc” nickname “Buc Krazie.”
The one thing Bucs fans wanted to talk about the most is their expectations for Rookie QB Jameis Winston.
“I expect Jameis to go out and have a good season. You know he’s a rookie and rookie’s typically don’t have the best seasons but he’s got some big receivers. Good running backs and if the line holds up it should be a good year,” said Charlie Thomas who has been a Bucs fan for 20 years.
“I’m always thinking when he’s playing we are going to win so I’d hate to say we are going undefeated but he does bring the Pizzazz and persona that’s going to change this whole town and whole atmosphere of Buccaneer football,” said Bucs fan Jesse Allbritton who recently moved to Tampa from Tallahassee.
Fans we talked to believe the Bucs have made the right off season moves to have a very successful season.
“I think the Bucs will go about 14-2. I think they are doing an awesome job. Defense is looking great. Offense is looking excellent. So I think they will do it this year and get us to that playoff and championship again,” said Bucs fan Demetrius Washington.
There are only three more days next week for fans to get out and see the team practice. Those dates are August 17 through the 19. The Bucs take on the Minnesota Vikings Saturday and you can catch all the action from the game on News Channel 8.