TAMPA - The sun will be down but the temperature will still be up at kickoff Friday night. Temperatures here are in the high 80s and the humidity's a bear.
A few pregame notes...
Spoke to Dan Koppen Thursday about this game. He's in a position where his job security isn't assured. He acknowledged as much. Asked about his slow start to camp, Koppen said, "I think it's getting back into it. Just trying to get better. Slow start, whatever, doesn't matter just trying to earn a spot on this team and see what I can do."
Asked if he realizes the height of the competition between himself Ryan Wendell, Nick McDonald and Dan Connolly puts him in jeopardy, Koppen said, "Every day you gotta earn a spot. There's no sacred cows here. Every year you earn your spot and this year we've had a lot of guys who are playing well. They deserve a chance, I deserve a chance, we'll see how it goes."
Agent Drew Rosenhaus was on the field before the game and caught up with Donte Stallworth. Rosenhaus has five Bucs clients and eight Patriots clients, including Rob Gronkowski.
Jeff Demps in on the field in BJGE's jersey and figures to get some reps. Where is the question.