Buccaneers just another opponent, says Aqib Talib

FOXBOROUGH – He spent all his time in the NFL with Tampa Bay before being traded to the Patriots last November. But Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers won’t hold any special meaning for Aqib Talib.

“No, it’s a game, No. 3 game, Week 3 game, next game, most important game,” Talib said on Wednesday, after the team’s practice.

Talib spent more than four seasons with the Buccaneers, intercepting 18 passes. He had his first two picks of this season last week against the Jets, including one in the final minute that prompted a fight after he was hit low by Nick Mangold while running out of bounds. Talib missed practice on Monday to tend to a matter.

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His former teammates are coming here 0-2, with reports that some players aren’t on the same page with coach Greg Schiano. Talib was asked about those reports, but wouldn’t bite, in his own unique way.

“I play for the Patriots, baby, we good,” Talib said. “We’re good over here.”