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August 23, 2012 @ 11:28 am
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Bucs News To Know 8-23: Patriots Practices Completed; Friday Night's Game Blacked-Out

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The Buccaneers welcomed the New England Patriots to One Buc Place on Wednesday and will spenT two days practicing against the Patriots leading up to Friday night's preseason game at RJS. Read the latest happenings and notes in this PewterReport.com feature, Bucs News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Thursday, August 23:


• Cornerback Anthony Gaitor is still suffering from a hamstring injury suffered late in the first half of last Friday night’s preseason game with the Titans. Gaitor was walking without any noticeable limp in the locker room after Thursday’s practice, and said he is still day-to-day.  The team doesn’t expect him to play Friday night against New England but Gaitor should be ready to begin practicing next week.

•  Wide receiver Arrelious Benn (knee), cornerback E.J. Biggers (foot) and defensive end Da’Quan Bowers (Achilles) remained sidelined.

• There were no Buccaneers roster moves on Wednesday.

• The Buccaneers and Patriots wrapped up their second of two joint practices Thursday afternoon in preparation for their Friday night matchup at Raymond James Stadium. Bucs head coach Greg Schiano told the media Thursday afternoon the practices have been beneficial for his young football team, particularly when facing a quarterback like Tom Brady.

“Well, you better be precise because he’s going to be precise and they’re going to be precise, Schiano said. “So we need to be precise and we need to pressure the quarterback. You can’t let him just stand back there, he’s too good. At the end of the day you’re looking at a first-ballot hall of famer, so he’s as good as you’re going to see, so it’s good for our defense, great work.”

Belichick addressed the media at One Buc on Thursday and talked about the advantages to the two-team workouts.

“Well I would say the number one thing is not really about beating somebody in practice,” Belichick said. “It is about working with somebody and getting better. We are not here to try to win a drill or trick Tampa on something. That’s not the point of it. The point is to work on what we want to work on and work on what they are working on so that we can become better. When we walk off the field, we are a better team than we were when we walked on it. That’s the way we practice against each other. We compete against each other, but we compete in a way that we can improve each other.”

Gerald McCoy talked about “Patriots Week” in open locker room following Thursday’s practice.

“It’s been fun, but honestly, it’s just some good work for us,” McCoy said. It’s a different opponent, it just so happened to be three-time Super Bowl Champs in the past however many years. Those guys [Patriots], you can see how seasoned they are, how they practice. I’ll speak for everybody when I say Tom Brady is just – he’s on another level and we got to see why he is who he is today.”

• The third preseason game is normally the game in which starters play close to one half and in some cases into the third quarter. Schiano, however, was non-committal when asked how much the starters will play on Friday night against New England.

“I think we’ll see our guys play for a little bit,” Schiano said. “I hate to stand up here and say something and then it not be the case, because you get into a game and like last week, we had nine possession that we defended in the first half. That’s near three quarters. In some games you’re into the fourth quarter with the ninth possession, so to sit here and say they’ll be out and then they don’t go, that’s why I don’t box myself in, but I sure hope if the game goes like a game should that we’re playing them in the second half.”

• Friday’s game against New England will be blacked-out locally after failing to sell out 85 percent of the available tickets. Last week’s game against Tennessee drew just 45,633 fans but Friday’s game is expected to be considerably larger. Unfortunately for Buccaneers fans, the larger crowd will include a fairly large contingent of Patriots fans who now call Florida home.

The Buccaneers are still hoping the opening game against the Carolina Panthers on September 9 will be sold out and able to be shown locally. The organization has made a push to increase ticket sales, announcing half-priced concessions (excluding beer) and also free parking in select lots.

Last modified on Thursday, 23 August 2012 12:02

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    Thanks Mark for the up date.
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    Hey Mark, thanks for info. It's really sad about the black outs! You know it's becoming out of sight , out of mind for some folks. I know it's hard to increase the fan base when potential young fans can't see the product. It affects ticket sales, jersey sales, etc. I thought 85% tickets sold to bypass blackout would be easy, then comes word that the 85% number does not include club seats. There's always a catch! On a side note Mark, great job on the new 98.7! I really enjoy the quality sound and your takes are spot on. ( I am wondering why commentators come in clear, but I kinda strain to hear the callers???). I find myself aligned with all most all of your viewpoints. It gives you a chance to expound on your viewpoints with some solid takes. Example, when you reminded listners that the NFL sets blackout rules not the Glazers. I think some were unaware of this fact. Great job and I wish you the best of luck with what seems to be a natural transition for you. I'll be listening! Peace.
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    Well guys as these players are hurt there is a chance that some of these other players could make a very good Impression. You know that each player must be accountable for being in shape. If they don't Pre-pared the3y could be on the street. Again example Jordan shipley the gifted wr who cinn released and Tampa grab on. He could be the steal in the veterans acquired GO BUCS I'M SORRY FANS ARE TURNED OFF ABOUT PRESEASON. I WISHED IWAS CLOSE TO TAMPA I WOUILD BE THERE SUPPORTING THE TEAM. GO BUCS WISH YOU GUYS ABOUT MAYBE A HURRICANE COMING IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS-GO AGAIN BUCS GLH
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