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Patriots and Buccaneers familiar on personal level, not game-planning one

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FOXBOROUGH — Depending on whom you talk to, there’s either nothing New England and Tampa Bay will carry into this week’s game from their joint practices in August, or there were actually beneficial lessons learned.

“It helped us,” Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said. “We have a great familiarity with them and what they do, and that is a definite advantage for us.”

And on the other side, New England defensive lineman Tommy Kelly: “At the end of the day, they’re running basic stuff [in training camp]. They aren’t going to give away too much; they’re really just trying to get their fundamentals, so you really can’t take too much out of the preseason. Both of us – a lot of vanilla offense, a lot of vanilla defense.”

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