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Bucs, Patriots likely to hold joint workouts

TAMPA — Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Friday that his team will "probably" practice with the Patriots during training camp for the second straight season.

The teams worked out together in the days leading up to the preseason game in Tampa in August. This year's matchup, at New England, is Aug. 16.

Schiano, whose friendship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick goes back several years, confirmed Friday a few members of his coaching staff will head to New England next week to discuss off-field logistics. The teams also meet in Week 3 of the regular season.

"We'll kind of go over things we did, what we liked, what we didn't like," Schiano said. "It's nothing major."

Belichick has said he and Schi­ano, who coached at Rutgers for 11 seasons, run a similar program. And last week, the Patriots drafted three of Schiano's former players.

LOCAL FLAVOR: There is a large contingent of bay area players trying out during this weekend's rookie minicamp. Former Plant High star QB Robert Marve (Purdue) joined several undrafted USF players, including RB Lindsey Lamar, S Jon Lejiste, DT Richard Clebert, G Jeremiah Warren and TE Evan Landi.

Marve, who shared reps with third-round pick Mike Glennon, threw the ball well, Schiano said. TE Hubie Graham (Pittsburgh) also was impressive, he said.

"The level of this tryout camp is considerably higher than even last year," Schiano said. "Does that mean more comes out of it? Not necessarily. There's a steep curve to get a contract."

Meaning BUSINESS: The Bucs loved the pass-rushing skills of their fifth-round pick, Buffalo DE Steven Means, and he showed them during Friday's practice, which included helmets but no pads. Coming off the edge, Means routinely raced around offensive linemen, then crushed the large bag representing the quarterback.

"In my mind, it wasn't the bag. It was the quarterback," Means said. "Just taking the quarterback out, that's the greatest feeling."

However, Means, a Buffalo native, wasn't used to the temperatures that reached the low 80s.

"I can tell you this is probably one of the hottest days in Buffalo," he said with a smile. "And I know it's not even hot here yet."

NUMBERS GAME: New CB Darrelle Revis previously said he would discuss wearing No. 24 with its current holder, S Mark Barron. And apparently, they came to an agreement. Barron, the No. 7 overall pick in 2012, now is wearing No. 23. Meanwhile, CB Myron Lewis, who previously wore No. 23, will be No. 31.

Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@tampabay.com. Follow him on Twitter at TBTimes_JSmith.

Bucs, Patriots likely to hold joint workouts 05/03/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 11:30pm]
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