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The Pick to Click vs. New England PewterReport.com's editorial staff offers its prediction as to which player will star against the New England Patriots in Sunday's preseason game. Which Bucs are expected to have big games this week? Find out by reading this commentary.
SS SABBY PISCITELLI – Pewter Report Publisher Scott Reynolds Piscitelli had a rather quiet night in Miami last week, yet he notched four tackles, which tied Ronde Barber, Will Allen and Darrell Hunter for the team lead. Piscitelli really turned it on during the second half of training camp by forcing fumbles and picking off passes. He got his feet wet in an NFL game last week after missing the final 13 games as a Buccaneer as a result of being placed on injured reserve with a broken foot. Now that Piscitelli is comfortable in an NFL game again after banging heads with the Dolphins, I think the rangy, 6-foot-3, 225-pound strong safety will make his mark during Sunday's nationally televised NFL Network game against the formidable Patriots. New England likes to pass the ball and Piscitelli wants to push Jermaine Phillips for playing time. An interception or two in the second or third quarter should help Piscitelli's cause. QB LUKE MCCOWN – Pewter Report editor-in-chief Jim Flynn McCown earned the right to start in place of Jeff Garcia in Tampa Bay's preseason opener in Miami, but he didn't take advantage of it. He completed 9-of-15 (60 percent) of his passes for 70 yards and did not lead the Bucs offense into the end zone. That's one of the main reasons why Brian Griese will start in place of Garcia, who still is nursing a calf injury, against the New England Patriots. But coming in as the No. 2 signal caller could bode well for McCown, who fared well in that role vs. the Patriots during the 2007 preseason opener at Raymond James Stadium. In that exhibition contest, McCown followed Garcia and completed 7-of-7 passes for 68 yards and tossed one touchdown and no interceptions. McCown needs to rebound from last Saturday's outing in order to have a shot at beating Griese out for the backup job behind Garcia, and I think he will.
DE GAINES ADAMS- Pewter Report Buccaneers Beat Writer Adams had a great training camp and was constantly beating offensive linemen off the ball. The Bucs were running at Adams a fair amount and he did a good job of holding up in the run game. Throughout training camp, Adams was perhaps the most consistent and effective player on defense. In the preseason game against the Dolphins, Adams was nowhere to be found from a pass rushing perspective. He was active in run defense but did not record any hurries, knockdowns, or sacks. Last week's game should be a motivator for Adams. The Patriots had some issues with pass blocking towards the end of last season, and especially in the Super Bowl. Last year in his first preseason game, Adams batted down a Tom Brady pass on third down to force a punt. After his great training camp and a disappointing preseason debut, Adams is due for a breakout performance against a team that could allow it.
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