By Tom Krasniqi
Anything that happens off the field during the week means nothing once Sunday comes around. The Bucs have had their fair share of drama this week but they have no time to frown about it. A future Hall of Fame quarterback comes to town on Sunday and the defense had better be ready. And make no mistake about it, Drew Brees will throw it all over the yard.
“I think playing against a passing attack like this, that we’re going to face on Sunday, you’re licking your chops for this type of game,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said. “We know Drew is going to come out and New Orleans, they have a great passing attack. We know what we’re going to face, and we just have got to cover those guys, play tight coverage, and made it difficult for Drew.”
That’s easier said than done. Brees threw for almost 700 yards and 8 touchdowns in two meetings against the Bucs last season. He has weapons everywhere and he will utilize them all. In last week’s win over the Falcons, Brees threw for 357 yards and he completed passes to seven different receivers.
One guy who knows this Saints offense well is linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who spent four years in New Orleans before signing with the Bucs as a free agent. Casillas believes you can’t stop this offense because they have too many playmakers.
“You gotta make sure where 43 [Darren Sproles] and 80 [Jimmy Graham] is. Drew will do a good job of finding those guys and creating matchups for both guys,” Casillas said on Friday. Sproles. Graham. Marques Colston. Lance Moore. Kenny Stills. Pierre Thomas. Mark Ingram. The list goes on and on. Big test for the Bucs defense on Sunday.
As for the final injury report for the Bucs, CB Michael Adams (knee) and TE Tom Crabtree (ankle) are out. LG Carl Nicks (foot) was limited again on Friday and is questionable along with CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring). DE Adrian Clayborn (hip) and FB Erik Lorig (calf) are probable.
For the Saints, NT Broderick Bunkley (calf) missed practice all week and is out indefinitely. Veteran safety Roman Harper (knee) and DT Akiem Hicks (knee) were added to the injury list on Friday and both are questionable. CBs Jabari Greer (back) and Patrick Robinson (foot) are also questionable. Among the other notables on the injury report: LB Curtis Lofton (knee), WR Marques Colston (foot), G Jahri Evans (back), LB Junior Galette (hamstring) and T Zach Strief (neck) are probable.
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