Casillas looking forward to facing former team
Bucs linebacker Jonathan Casillas expects he'll be a little nervous around game time Sunday, but also excited, getting a chance to face his former team, the Saints.
"Hopefully I can keep my emotions bottled up and be able to control myself for the first play," he said.
Casillas, 26, spent his first four NFL seasons in New Orleans - including playing in Super Bowl XLIV - before signing with the Bucs as an unrestricted free agent in March, making this matchup a little more personal.
"I can't wait to go out there and hit these guys," Casillas said. "I call them family for four years, so it'll be a little strange and weird at the same time."
Just like how cornerback Darrelle Revis helped provide some insight on his former team, the Jets, for the season opener, Casillas said he's passed along information on Saints' personnel, as well as their offense and special teams, to the Tampa Bay coaches.
Casillas, who competed with LB Dekoda Watson for the starting strongside linebacker spot, is playing a reserve role right now, but getting his share of action, on both defense and special teams.
"I want to be a full-time starter,' Casillas said. "I want to be able to play a lot of plays, as many plays as possible. So I'm happy I get an opportunity to go out there and produce and be productive and help the defense out. I'm not totally happy with the amount of plays I'm getting because I want to play more. I want to be a full-time guy. But that's just the cards I'm getting right now and I play the cards that I'm dealt."