This observer is wondering just how much impressing a player can do in shorts and a shirt throwing basically against air. Senior writer Steve Wyche, of NFL.com let his fingers do the talking in a column he penned about the future of the franchise, quarterback Josh Freeman. It should be noted that it
is rather hard to judge a player in OTAs, other then from a technique standpoint, but that could change as well once it is a live fire drill. What one is looking at in OTAs from a QB standpoint is footwork, command of the huddle, knowledge of the playbook, placement of the football, and is a young quarterback going through the progression.
Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman
Freeman was viewed by some as the most gifted of the trio of first-round quarterbacks that included top overall pick Matthew Stafford (Detroit) and No. 5 selection Mark Sanchez (New York Jets). However, he was seen as the biggest project of the three and was expected to spend his rookie season, if not longer, developing behind Byron Leftwich or Luke McCown.
His offseason workouts might have changed some of those projections. Although Leftwich and McCown may be ahead of him on the depth chart, Freeman has thrust himself into the thick of the competition to be the starter and how each performs in preseason will chart the course for Freeman’s future.
“Josh did a good job understanding his role,” Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik said. “He showed good leadership and he understands our playbook. We are excited about his progress. He’s come in and represented himself well and showed why he was taken in the first round.”
Which, from the sounds of things Freeman has passed with flying colors, which is presumablly why the team has been seconding guessing themselves as too the pace they will undoubtedly take with the young signal caller.