After sitting out of Monday's game at home against the Eagles, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will finally suit up on Friday evening to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his team's third preseason game.
Brady and a host of teammates were held out of New England's Monday Night Football showcase game with Michael Vick and Philadelphia in order to better prepare for Friday's game, in a move that can only be seen as a precautionary one by the Patriots organization.
Across the hash marks, seeking to develop even more chemistry on Friday will be Tampa Bay's budding quarterback-receiver duo of Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson. Lured away from San Diego with a $55.55 million contract in the offseason, the 6'5" Jackson has been enamored with his quarterback's play early on this summer, and even went as far as to tell the Tampa Bay Times that Freeman is a top-five signal caller in the NFL.
Whether Jackson's lofty praise for his quarterback proves true by season's end, the Bucs certainly went to great lengths to improve their offense after a frustrating 2011 campaign, and it shows. The 24-year-old Freeman's renewed dedication to both his body and his team's playbook looks be the start of something much, much bigger.
Game Date/Time: Friday, August 24; 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
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