Bucs to practice with Patriots

The NFC South is going to get a strong dose of the New England Patriots this preseason.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just announced they’ll host joint practices with the Patriots on Aug. 22 and 23. The Patriots and Bucs are scheduled to play a preseason game Aug. 24 at Raymond James Stadium.

There had been speculation about the possibility of joint practices since the release of the preseason schedule because New England coach Bill Belichick and Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano have a close relationship.

The New Orleans Saints also will have joint workouts with the Patriots before playing a preseason game at New England on Aug. 9.