Patriots vs. Bucs: 10 Key Players, Things to Watch for New England

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Patriots vs. Bucs: 10 Key Players, Things to Watch for New England
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The Patriots and Buccaneers will meet again for their preseason tilt.

The New England Patriots will hit the field for their third preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 P.M. EDT.

After two days of joint practices, both squads have learned their opposition's strengths and weaknesses. And while this exhibition contest may not have the same luster of a regular-season matchup, there is still plenty to play for.

Job opportunities, depth chart battles and intriguing matchups will be unfolding, all while the playbook undergoes further testing.

Need any more reasons to tune in?

Here are the things to keep an eye on when the Pats and Bucs go head to head under the lights of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

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