With veteran signal caller Byron Leftwich’s shaky outings, to this point in
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers OTAs & mandatory mini camp the team has reevaluated there plan on rookie quarterback Josh Freeman for the upcoming season.
Just days after quarterback’s coach Greg Olson said that the team had, had discussion about the direction they would take with Freeman in which it was quite lucid that Freeman would not see the field in 2009, Olson has sent shock waves through Buccaneer nation this afternoon when he insinuated it’s not out of the question after meeting with general manager Mark Dominik, head coach Raheem Morris, pro scouting coordinator Doug Williams and other coaches this past week and decided they might accelerate Freeman’s development to get him involved earlier than they originally thought.
Freeman understands he still has a lot to learn, but has approached the off-season with the mindset that he wants to play as soon as humanly possible whether that is this season of next.
“I’m definitely a competitor and I want to play and win the job,” Freeman said. “But at the same time, I understand that it’s about winning football games. It all depends on how well I develop and right now I’m doing everything I can to get in that position to compete.
“It’s not my decision as to whether or not I’m going to play. I’m just going to try and give them every reason to play me.” Source: St.Pete Times.com
While neither, Luke McCown nor Byron Leftwich have separated themselves enough to put the rookie on the bench in 2009. It speaks volumes as to the progression of Freeman, while shedding negative light on the work of both veterans this off-season.
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New offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, doesn’t know the exact number of snap Clifton “Peanut” Smith will get as a running back this fall, but will surely be used creatively. Matched up wide against linebackers to take advantage of his elusiveness, vision & jitterbug style in the open.
Former USF Bull DE Jarriett Buie, was thrown out of practice when he had a momentarily mental lapse, when rushing from the right end and bull rushing offensive tackle James Lee into QB Byron Leftwich. Head coach Raheem Morris erupted, telling the undrafted rookie free agent to get off the field in an expletive-laced tirade.
Outside linebacker Angelo Crowell refutes claims he has had a set back in his bid to return after sitting out 2008 with a knee injury. Crowell siad he has only missed one practice since signing with the Bucs and that it was two weeks ago as a precautionary measure by the team.
Future Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks is moving forward with plans on playing in 09′. Brooks claims he could still be a Buccaneer and said “stranger things have happened.”