HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team up for an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League in Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicks. The five-episode season is narrated by Liev Schreiber.
The Buccaneers are coming off a 9-7 season in which they contended for a post-season playoff spot. Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will focus on the daily lives and routines of the team's players and coaches as they compete in the competitive NFC South division, following second-year head coach Dirk Koetter and a mix of young emerging stars, Pro Bowl veterans, free agents and rookie hopefuls throughout training camp and the preseason schedule. Players will experience drills, instruction, meetings and fun, while striving to prove they have what it takes to make the team and leave their mark on the NFL. The series gives unencumbered access to the players' and coaches' meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.
Winner of 14 Sports Emmy Awards to date, Hard Knocks launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, and resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, subsequently spotlighting the Cowboys (2008), Cincinnati Bengals (2009), New York Jets (2010), Miami Dolphins (2012), Bengals (2013), Atlanta Falcons (2014) and Houston Texans (2015). The 2016 edition, chronicling the return of the Los Angeles Rams to southern California, has been nominated for four Sports Emmy Awards for production excellence.
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