The Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw plenty of success from practicing with the New England Patriots last summer that the organization has decided to do it once again. The Buccaneers and Patriots will hold a few joint practices that will allow the players to go up against somebody that is not wearing the same uniform. It is certainly a good call for Tampa Bay to practice against one of the best organizations in the NFL, as it should help them greatly in their pursuit of an NFC South division championship in the upcoming season.
“It was definitely good work,” quarterback Josh Freeman told Buccaneers.com last summer. “It’s a great opportunity to practice against a quality opponent and try to get better. We had a chance to really go out and push ourselves. You got to come in and see some different looks and practice against somebody that’s not your own teammate. I thought it was very productive.”
The two teams will go head-to-head in practice on Aug. 13 and 14 prior to their preseason showdown on Friday, August 16. It should certainly make for an interesting contest considering the players know exactly what they will be going up against.
“You do get into a little bit of a lull there with camp going on and on, so this certainly is something that excites the players,” Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said prior to last summer’s practices, according to Buccaneers.com. “Heck, it excites me. You get a championship organization coming down to practice against, you get to watch as you’re doing it, you get to watch how they do things.”