Welcome to Raymond James
August, 18, 2011
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
Mike Reiss/ESPNBoston.comTAMPA -- Welcome to Raymond James Stadium, where the Patriots visit the Buccaneers tonight in the second preseason game for both teams (7:30 p.m. ET).
Weather conditions. It is expected to be around 85 degrees at kickoff and there is a 20 percent chance of precipitation, according to Weather.com. It will feel closer to 90-95 degrees with humidity.
Getting a feel for Raymond James Stadium. One part of the stadium that makes it unique is the pirate ship in the concourse of one of the end zones. The lower bowl of seats is deep red, while the middle row of seats is silver/pewter, and then the upper deck is deep red. There are palm trees on one of the end zone concourses.
Scouts in the house. A total of 17 scouts from NFL teams are scheduled to be in attendance. The Jets, Saints, Dolphins and Ravens are scheduled to be represented by two scouts. In addition, scouts from the Hamilton Tiger Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes are scheduled to be in attendance.
Boger gets the call. Jerome Boger has been assigned to referee tonight's game.
Players not expected to play. Earlier today, colleague Mike Rodak listed some of the top players not expected to be in action tonight, a group headlined by defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth.
Eyes on former Patriots. For those interested in watching a few former Patriots now with the Buccaneers, starting left guard Ted Larsen (2010 sixth-round pick) wears No. 62, quarterback Jonathan Crompton (practice squad) wears No. 8, and backup linebacker Tyrone McKenzie (2009 third-round pick) wears No. 50.
Media making the trip. The following media outlets from New England are represented in the press box tonight -- Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Providence Journal, WBZ-TV, Comcast SportsNet and ESPNBoston.com.