Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs notes: Another partnership with Patriots likely
The Buccaneers and Patriots wrapped up two days of joint preseason workouts at One Buc Place last August with their respective head coaches each expressing a willingness to stage the exercise again.
And so it seems they will.
Though details have not been finalized, Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said at the end of the first day of the rookie minicamp Friday that the Bucs and Patriots are likely to hold joint workouts again this year.
“We are probably going to practice together again this training camp,” Schiano said when asked about an SI.com report that said the two coaching staffs would meet next week to discuss off-field logistics.
The Bucs are scheduled to face the Patriots in an Aug. 16 game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The Patriots hold training camp at a facility next door, and joint practices could be held there Aug.?14 and 15.
The SI.com report said Schiano would lead a contingent of Bucs staff members to Foxboro next week to meet with Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his staff to talk about logistics.
“But I'm actually not going,” Schiano said. “Some of our staff are going — just to work over some things — so we'll kind of go over the things we did (during the joint workouts) and what we liked and didn't like. That's all. It's nothing major.”
The Bucs and Patriots spent two days working out against each other before last year's Aug. 25 preseason game at Raymond James Stadium, and both Schiano and Belichick came away form the workouts saying they found them helpful.
Life lessons One of the attributes that made University of Miami RB Mike James attractive to the Bucs is his selfless attitude.
“I think he's going to be a real good addition to our football team,” Schiano said of the versatile sixth-round draft pick. “He's got all the tools. And his kind of unselfishness is something that's real important to us.”
James says he's simply adhering to the principles he absorbed from his mother, Elgusta, who died in a 2010 automobile accident.
“My mom taught me as a young child to share, so I'll do anything to help the team get better,” James said. “I'm just a puzzle piece.”
James was asked if a day goes by when he doesn't think about his mother.
“Not a day, probably not an hour,” he said. “I'm just wishing she was with me physically for this moment. Everything happens for a reason, and God has a plan for us all. I'm just happy to say she's at peace.”
Numbers game CB Darrelle Revis will wear No. 24 for the Bucs this season. That's the number Revis wore during his six years with the Jets, but it belonged to S Mark Barron when Revis arrived in Tampa following a trade two weeks ago.
Revis has yet to divulge what kind of a deal, if any, he had to make with Barron to get the number off his new teammate's back.
Barron said in a Twitter message that he willingly let Revis have the number.
Barron will wear No. 23, which is the number CB Myron Lewis has worn since he came to the Bucs as a third-round draft pick in 2010.
Lewis is now wearing No. 31, according to the Bucs.
Standing out from the crowd Purdue LB Joe Holland, Oregon State OT Mike Remmers and Temple DT Andre Neblett were among the handful of undrafted free agents and tryout participants getting individual attention with their position coaches Friday.
The Bucs treated several such players similarly during last year's rookie camp, separating them along with their drafted players from the larger group, and at least one (CB Leonard Johnson) wound up making the team out of training camp.