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Freeman Looks Like the Real Deal in First Mini-Camp

It may be very early in the process for new Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, but his new coach seemed to like what he saw from the first-round draft pick this past weekend at the teams first mini-camp. “He took control of the huddle,” coach Raheem Morris said. “I don’t believe he had one bad snap besides the guard tripping him earlier in the walkthrough. Other than that, he got every snap. Delivered the football, controlled the huddle well. Made some nice throws. Did some things we liked today.”

There’s a lot of hope that Freeman, who the Bucs moved up to take in last Saturday’s draft, will be able to come right in like Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan a season ago, and take over the Tampa Bay offense. That’s asking a lot, but with the first mini-camp under his belt, the Bucs seem to think that the skies the limit for Freeman.

Don’t dismiss though the rest of the competition that the Bucs will have at QB in 2009. Alreday on the roster looking to snatch the starting job are Luke McCown, Josh Johnson, Byron Leftwich, Brian Griese and Freeman. There’s not a chance that Freeman won’t be on the roster opening day, but there’s also no chance that more than three QB’s will be around, meaning two will go.

For now, it’s an open competition, but one that Freeman seems ready for and one that he’s looking to take advantage of this year in training camp.

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