The Bucs are ready for a break from the heat and for the chance for a new challenge. The Patriots are a measuring stick that the Bucs are striving the meet. This is the second year in a row that the two teams are mixing their practices. It's a concerted effort by two coaches with similar agendas.
"Bill and I have a lot of similar beliefs when it comes to football," said Schiano. "Yet, schematically, there's a lot of differences. I think your players and yourself - you can learn from anyone. It doesn't have to be the three-time Super Bowl champs, you can learn from anyone. You always have to have your eyes open. I do happen to agree with a lot of things that they do, so it's great to be able to have a guy who has been through it and experienced a lot of things. To bounce stuff off of him at times, that's certainly a huge asset for me and an opportunity for me."
The Bucs are eager to work against a team with different look and for rookie cornerback Jonthan Banks it an opportunity to go against one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
"All these quarterbacks in the NFL are pretty good," said Banks. "But he's one of the best."
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas is in his first year with the Bucs, but preseason practices against the Patriots is his routine.
"Been in New Orleans for four years we practiced against New England," said Casillas. "I've been up to New England twice already and it's a good look."
The Bucs will be leaving their players that are still re-covering from injuries at home. Greg Schiano is hoping to return home without any more addition injured bodies. Schiano knows the energy level at practice will increase with the Patriots, but that's where he wants it to end.
"I think last year it was great in that [there was] no nonsense," said Schiano. "Coach and I make it very clear to our teams, there won't be any nonsense, or you're not going to be practicing, you're going to take it in. We're here to get better. Sometimes you hear stories of teams [where] it gets out of control. That's not going to happen."
The Bucs will practice for two days against the Pats and they play them on Friday night.
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