When the Buccaneers signed free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich this
off-season it was in the hopes of providing verteran leadership and quality competition for Luke McCown.
After five days of practice, it would appear that Leftwich has not only provided said competition for McCown, but has taken a slight lead in the battle that is waging at One Buc Place.
While Leftwich has been interception prone and taken his share of sacks through the first week of practice he has also been the most consistent in terms of converting in the redzone.
“I just try to go out every day and put the ball in the end zone,” Leftwich said. “We did a good job of that today. We’ve been doing a great job of it all camp, really. We’re just out there working, guys are getting open and they’re making it easy on me and I’m putting the ball on them. That’s what we’ve got to do to be a good football team in this league.
“You’ve got to be great in the redzone. You’ve got to score touchdowns and not field goals and that responsibility comes on the quarterback and I take that responsibility.”
“You have to be very fearless, and sometimes it might get me in trouble,” Leftwich said. “I think my percentage is going to come out in the end. You’ve got to take chances. When you’re down there, the field is so condensed, most of the time it’s going to be bang, bang. He’s going to catch it, he’s going to get hit, it’s going to be a little window. You’ve got to fit the ball in there.” Source: Bucs Beat
He has also delivered in the deep passing game, which will be called on in 09′.
Should Leftwich continue to gain confidence in the redzone and can somehow cut down on the interceptions and sacks, don’t be surprised to see “Slug” named the opening day starter.