The National Football League announced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2012 preseason lineup Wednesday and they will host the Tennessee Titans and the defending AFC champions, the New England Patriots. The Bucs won’t have to travel far to Miami to face the Dolphins and they will journey up the East Coast to take on the Washington Redskins.
The Bucs will travel to Miami to commence preseason play during Week 1 (August 9-13) of the 2012 NFL schedule. The contest is a long-standing preseason tradition, as the Bucs and the Fins will meet for the 27th time overall, making this get down their 12th straight.
The game also features the debut of two NFL head coaches, with Greg Schiano (former head coach for Rutgers University) leading the Bucs and Joe Philbin (former offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers) directing the Dolphins. Tampa Bay has won six of the last 10 preseason meetings between the two squads, including a 17-13 victory last season.
The Bucs’ home preseason opener will take place during Week 2 (August 16-20), when the Titans come to town to play in the beloved Raymond James Stadium. This will be the first time since 1989 that the Titans will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Bucs for preseason play. In 1989, the Titans were the then-Houston Oilers.
In Week 3, the Bucs will welcome the AFC champions Patriots, as this meeting will mark the fourth time in the past six years that these two teams would have met during the preseason.
For the second consecutive year, the Bucs will close their exhibition season on the road at Washington.
None of the Buccaneers’ preseason games will be nationally televised.
The 2012 Buccaneers’ preseason lineup follows as such, unless there are changes (Bold at home):
Week 1 Aug. 9-13: at Miami
Week 2 TITANS at Raymond James Stadium Aug. 16-20
Week 3 PATRIOTS at Raymond James Stadium Aug. 23-26
Week 4 Aug. 29-30: at Washington
The Buccaneers announced Wednesday that running back LeGarrette Blount and wide receiver Preston Parker have signed their exclusive-rights tender offers, and waived quarterback Rudy Carpenter.
In 14 games last season (all starts) Blount registered 781 yards and five touchdowns off 184 carries, averaging 4.2 per. In addition, he had 15 receptions for 148 yards.
Parker signed with the Bucs as an undrafted rookie free agent from North Alabama in 2010. As a rookie, Parker played nine games and recorded four catches for 42 yards.
Last season, Parker played in all 16 games, as he finished fourth on the team in receptions (40), third in receiving yards (554) and tied second with three touchdown catches.