Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots are practicing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their opponent in the all-important third preseason game on Friday night at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa on Wednesday morning. Thirty minutes of the practice will be open to the media, and players will be made available for interviews before and after the practice.
Belichick is a big fan of join practices, and his Patriots have already held a combined session with the New Orleans Saints prior to the Pats' preseason opener last Sunday. Belichick shared why he likes the joint practices, saying it's worth doing if there is a mutual benefit.
"If you feel like you can do something that benefits your team then you consider doing it,'' Belichick said in a conference call with the New England media on Tuesday night. "I've talked to many teams about doing something along the lines of what we've done this year or in the past with New Orleans and Atlanta a couple years ago. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn't for one reason or another and that's true on the other side of it. It has to be mutually beneficial. If it works, it works. If it doesn't work, then I would prefer not to do it rather than do it and solve one problem but create two other ones down the line. (via ESPN)
New England and Tampa Bay will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Friday evening.