Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bucs' Griese to start against Patriots

Brian Griese, throwing a pass during Tuesday’s practice, completed 10 of 14 passes last week against the Dolphins.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Brian Griese, throwing a pass during Tuesday’s practice, completed 10 of 14 passes last week against the Dolphins.

TAMPA — Brian Griese was efficient in the Bucs' preseason opener, completing 10 of 14 passes and posting a 103.0 quarterback rating last week against Miami.

Sunday against the Patriots, he will have a chance to further make his case for being the primary backup when he starts in Jeff Garcia's absence.

The decision to start Griese over Luke McCown, who started against the Dolphins, isn't an indication of which way coach Jon Gruden is leaning.

But it will give Griese, entering his 11th season, a chance to be evaluated against the best the defending AFC champions have to offer; or at least for as long as their starting defense plays.

Gruden said recently he intended to shake up the quarterback rotation from week to week in the preseason in order to evaluate his lineup in various situations and against different levels of competition.

But during Garcia's two-week absence due to injury, Griese and McCown have gotten the heavier workloads in practice.

"The one thing we've been able to do is, both Luke McCown and Brian Griese have taken starters reps throughout the whole camp," Gruden said. "We chart the reps they take, and both those guys have taken starters reps, which, in some ways has really helped those guys. Hopefully, it'll pay dividends."

Lynch reunion: Ex-Bucs safety John Lynch, 36, whose one-year deal with the Patriots became official Friday, said he hopes to play Sunday.

"I studied hard on (Thursday) night, and I am picking it up. We will see.

"If they want me out there, I would love to be out there. I would love the opportunity; my old stomping grounds."

WILSON REUNIon: Cornerback Eugene Wilson will be playing against his former team for the first time since leaving the Patriots as a free agent in the offseason.

But there won't be much time for fraternizing as Wilson tries to improve his status in the Bucs' deep rotation of cornerbacks.

"I wouldn't say it's awkward at all. It's still football," Wilson said. "I'm looking forward to seeing them. But I'll see a few of my friends, and then it's time to get down to business and get the game going."

CHECK, PLEASE: The Bucs continued their tradition on Wednesday night, making offensive and defensive rookies pick up the check for dinner for their respective units. The offense racked up a hefty bill, about $8,000.

"It was a lot of fun, bonding with the guys," receiver Dexter Jackson said. "They said, 'Rook, I'm about to order this.' I was like, 'Oh my goodness.' I'm looking at the menu like, 'What is this costing?' "

Cornerback and first-round pick Aqib Talib, the wealthiest of the lot, said the defensive bill didn't approach those in stories he heard about past rookie classes.

"I was ready for it to be pretty bad," he said. "I heard stories. I don't want to say (how much), but it put a smile on my face. Let's put it that way."

INJURY UPDATE: Garcia (calf), defensive tackle Jovan Haye (groin) and receiver Joey Galloway (groin) are out Sunday. Tight end Ben Troupe (foot) hopes to play, Gruden said.

Bucs' Griese to start against Patriots 08/15/08 [Last modified: Friday, August 15, 2008 9:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning edges Red Wings on road

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — The digs were different, the Lightning seeing the masterfully-done new Little Caesar's Arena for the first time.

    Lightning center/Red Wings’ killer Tyler Johnson gets past defenseman Trevor Daley on his way to the first goal of the game.
  2. Armwood pulls away to defeat Plant 27-7, remain undefeated

    Footballpreps

    SEFFNER — First-year Armwood coach Evan Davis pulled out all the stops to get his team psyched for Monday's annual grudge match against Plant.

    Armwood defensive end Malcolm Lamar (97) gets fired up before the start of the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
  3. Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Vernon Hargreaves needs to improve

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs now rank 31st in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 301 yards per game in their 2-3 start, and coach Dirk Koetter was asked Monday how concerned he is with the play of second-year CB Vernon Hargreaves.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick, throwing an incompletion under pressure after replacing injured Jameis Winston against the Cardinals,  would start this Sunday in Buffalo if Winston’s shoulder is still bothering him.
  4. Backhand shot makes Nikita Kucherov's offense even more dangerous

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — Nikita Kucherov is on a historic streak, just the fourth player in the past 30 years to score a goal in each of his first six games.

    Nikita Kucherov’s backhand shot adds to his strong scoring.
  5. Rick Pitino officially fired by Louisville amid federal corruption probe

    College

    In an expected move, the University of Louisville Athletic Association's Board of Directors on Monday voted unanimously to fire men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. The decision came 19 days after Louisville acknowledged that its men's basketball program was being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe and …

    In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino reacts to a question during a press conference in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Athletic Association on Monday officially fired Pitino, nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. [AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File]