The New York Jets could be hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a joint practice in August
In recent years, joint practices between NFL teams in the offseason have become quite common. Usually, these practices prelude preseason games between the two teams involved, although that’s not always the case.
Last year, the New York Jets held two joint practices – one with the New York Giants and the other with the Atlanta Falcons prior to their respective preseason games against the Jets. It’s still early in the 2023 NFL offseason, but we may already have an idea as to who the Jets could play in the preseason this year.
According to Fox’s Greg Auman, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have inquired to the NFL about a joint practice taking place between themselves and the Jets in New Jersey before a preseason game. The request has yet to be approved by the league office, but there’s little reason to believe it won’t happen.
Bucs hope to have joint practices with the Jets in New Jersey before a preseason game in August, but are waiting for official approval from the league. @JoeBucsFan had that a while back.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 8, 2023
The joint practice (and potential preseason game) makes for an interesting offseason storyline, too.
The Bucs’ current head coach is former Jets head coach, Todd Bowles. Bowles gave his opinion about the Jets this offseason (in the team’s pursuit of Aaron Rodgers) during NFL league meetings in March, apparently taking a dig at the Jets staff for over-accommodating the former Packers quarterback. I’m sure that Bowles would like the chance to try and beat up on his old team, too.
A similar sentiment is probably felt by the Jets and their fans. Many place the shortcomings of the Jets’ 2015 season on the shoulder of Bowles.
The results of the (expected) preseason game won’t matter, however. The real bragging rights will occur prior to that – to whichever team wins the competitive edge during joint practices.