The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss and Chris Gasper each provide three things to watch when the Patriots travel to Tampa Bay for Sunday's exhibition game against the Buccaneers. (Click the link to watch the video or read a synopsis).
Mike Reiss's three things to watch:
- The offensive line: This unit paralyzed the offense in the first exhibition game against the Ravens and Tampa Bay will provide another tough test.
- Kevin O'Connell: After a solid showing against the Ravens, in which the rookie kept plays alive with his feet, can O'Connell continue to impress against the Bucs?
- The rookie linebackers: All four rookies -- Jerod Mayo, Shawn Crable, Gary Guyton, and Vince Redd -- did good things against the Ravens.
Chris Gasper's three things to watch:
- The offensive line: The backup quarterbacks didn't play well against Baltimore, but the line didn't make matters easy for them.
- Players from the PUP list: LB Mike Vrabel and CB Ellis Hobbs should see their first game action.
- Patriots' scheming: You don't see lot of scheming in preseason games, but the Bucs might mirror other teams the Pats play this season (including the Colts).