Schiano says work vs. Brady, Pats is just what Bucs need
It can be a defensive back's worst case senario: Patriots QB Tom Brady patting the football with no fear of a pass rush.
But that's exactly what the Bucs' cornerbacks will face over the next three days as the team begins joint workouts with New England prior to thier preseason game with the Patriots Friday night.
“I think he’s one of the most accurate passers out there, so unless you have perfect coverage, it’s getting in there,'' Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "I think that’s something that will be really good for our secondary. And again, we’re not going to be tackling, it’s not going to be a fierce pass rush on him in practice. So it’ll be really challenging, which is exactly what we need right now. Step up a little bit and see if we can’t continue to improve.''
It's the second year that the Bucs have conducted workouts vs. the Patriots, thanks to a close association between Schiano and New England coach Bill Belichick. Last Aug., the Patriots worked out with the Bucs in Tampa before their preseason game at Raymond James Stadium.
In addition to a needed break from the heat -- high temperatures are expected to be in the 70's in Foxborough -- the Bucs will benefit from working against another team that is different schematically than many they will play this season. The only difference is the Bucs visit New England Sept. 22, in Week 3 of the regular season.
“Doug Martin can run the ball against a really good defensive front but not have to be slammed into the ground,'' Schiano said. "So we get seven eighths of a real play for Doug and that’s just one example, right? So to be able to go against that kind of speed in a different team for three days, that’s all good.''