After watching Josh Freeman practice against the Patriots for three days last week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano felt no pressing need to give his fifth-year quarterback extended playing time Friday night. Freeman worked only two series at Gillette Stadium, covering eight snaps, before yielding to rookie Mike Glennon.
Freeman will play “substantially more’’ at Miami on Saturday in the third preseason game, Schiano said.
“One of the advantages of working against New England was that I feel like he got three days worth of snaps against another team,’’ Schiano said. “The work we did on Tuesday and Wednesday in the secondary was pretty close to game speed. The pocket was closing in and there was the feel of pressure.
“You’re not going to get hit, so that’s the difference, but Josh has never had an issue. He’s probably the best in the NFL at standing in the pocket and keeping his vision down the field.’’
Bring it on
By the look in his eye, K Derek Dimke knows this is his chance. The former Illinois standout is still looking for his first regular-season field goal attempt, but he has made all five of his tries through two exhibition games to grab a leg up on his competition.
Veteran Lawrence Tynes was signed by the Bucs in July after Connor Barth tore his Achilles tendon, but a toe injury has forced Tynes to miss much of camp while Dimke flourishes.
“It’s a competition every day,’’ said Dimke, who spent three months as an undrafted free agent with the Lions in 2012. “My approach was the same coming into camp, whether Connor was here or Lawrence was here. I’m kicking a little bit more than I’m used to, but I’m going to do whatever they need me to do.’’
Quote of the day
“I got a knee to the head and got a little dazed, but I’m OK now. I practiced (Monday) and I feel fine. I’m good.’’
— Bucs RB Doug Martin, who was injured late in the opening quarter at New England while attempting to block Patriots DE Chandler Jones
Saturday: at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (NBC, Channel 8)
Aug. 29: Washington, 7:30 p.m. (NBC, Channel 8)
Sept. 8: at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (Fox, Channel 13)
Sept. 15: New Orleans, 4:05 p.m. (Fox, Channel 13)