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Dates set for Dolphins’ joint practices with Buccaneers, training camp start

The Miami Dolphins’ pair of joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be held on Aug. 10 and 11 in Tampa, the Buccaneers announced Thursday as part of a release of their training camp schedule.

The Wednesday and Thursday dates for joint practices are standard in the NFL ahead of a Saturday preseason game, which is set for Aug. 13 at Raymond James Stadium.

While the Dolphins’ full slate of training camp practices has not yet been released, the NFL announced Thursday that the Miami’s report date for training camp is July 26 for veterans and July 19 for rookies.

The Dolphins’ preseason schedule also involves home games against the Las Vegas Raiders on Aug. 20 and Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 27. New coach Mike McDaniel has said the the team will also host the Eagles for joint practices ahead of that exhibition.

The purpose of NFL joint practices is to have teams compete in drills against an opponent in the preseason after a number of intrasquad practices leading up to the sessions.

Last season, Miami visited the Chicago Bears and hosted the Atlanta Falcons ahead of their respective preseason games with the two NFC teams.

The Dolphins and Buccaneers have been linked throughout the offseason, largely due to Miami’s pursuit of seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady either for a front-office role in the organization or as a player. Brady, who retired and then unretired this offseason to return to the Buccaneers, is set to take a broadcasting role with Fox upon his retirement in earnest, whenever that comes.

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