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QB Competition Remains Up in the Air as Camp Closes In

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It remains very much up in the air at this point who is going to be under center opening day for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and new head coach Raheem Morris. The team is likely to go with one of three throwers – Byron Leftwich, who last season was the backup for the champion Steelers, rookie Josh Freeman, who the team moved up to draft in the first round, or Luke McCown, who is the vet of the group in terms of being with the Bucs

Leftwich came to Tampa to start, and spoke about it to the Tampa Tribune on Tuesday during the teams mandatory minicamp. “I’m quite sure Luke McCown and both Joshes Freeman and Johnson think the same way, and I have no problem with that. I’ve always said this thing will be won on the football field,” he said. “They’ve assured us the best man will be the starter. I’m going to do my best to make sure I’m that guy.”

The veteran, who has also been with the Jags and Falcons, played well last year in spot duty for Ben Roethlisberger when he was down. Freeman is the player fans probably want to see, simply becuase he’s a high profile rookie that is getting hype, but McCown is the player that the starting job may go to, since he has been there the longest.

Tampa opens the season against the Cowboys, so it will be interesting to see who wins the competition and who Morris ends up going with.


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