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Bucs and Patriots reportedly considering joint preseason practices



belichick.jpgThe Bucs host the Patriots on Aug. 24 in a preseason matchup, but the teams might see each other a bit more that week.

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots and Bucs are talking about holding joint practices in Tampa in advance of the game, something that wouldn’t be a surprise given the relationship between Bucs coach Greg Schiano and Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

One potential complication: The Patriots play a Monday night game at home against the Eagles just four days prior to meeting the Bucs. Because of that, you have to wonder whether there is enough time to conduct more than a single practice between the teams. The Patriots would probably be unable to work out on Aug. 21, the day following their game against the Eagles. That leaves Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Thursday Aug. 23 as possibilities. But typically, teams conduct walkthroughs on a day prior to a game, so the 23rd doesn’t seem like a likely opening, either.

Joint practices aren’t original. The Bucs and Dolphins used to do this under former Bucs coach Tony Dungy.

[Last modified: Friday, July 20, 2012 2:36pm]


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