Pats-Bucs pregame

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Pats-Bucs pregame

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.

Patriots re-sign 2016 practice-squad receiver DeAndrew White

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Patriots re-sign 2016 practice-squad receiver DeAndrew White

The Patriots announced today that they re-signed receiver DeAndrew White to help fill out their 90-man roster. White was a staple on New England's practice squad in 2016, signing on in mid-September and remaining with the club through its Super Bowl run.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2015, White made the 49ers roster out of training camp and played in four games, finishing with two catches for 18 yards. The 6-foot, 192-pounder also returned six kicks for 142 yards and returned one punt for 4 yards that year. 

The Patriots are as deep at receiver as they've ever been, it seems. White will slot in on the depth chart behind Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola. The team has a handful of long-shots at the position who could be ultimately competing for a shot to make the practice squad, including second-year player Devin Lucien and undrafted rookies Austin Carr and Cody Hollister.