QB Competition Still Up in the Air; Freeman Included

Pewter Report states that the Bucs QB competition still includes all parties, including rookie Josh Freeman:

Despite getting limited reps in practice during the 11-on-11 periods this week, Josh Freeman, the Bucs’ first-round pick in 2009, is still in the thick of it for the starting quarterback position, according to head coach Raheem Morris. However, Morris admits that veterans Luke McCown, who is currently atop the depth chart and will start Saturday’s preseason opener at Tennessee, and Byron Leftwich have the inside track. “Josh is right in the hunt now. I don’t want to count Josh out,” Morris said. “The front-runners right now, you’ve got to say are two older guys who are getting the most snaps.

“They’ve both stepped up, accepted the challenge and they’ve been playing, but Josh is right there. Josh is going to have that opportunity. He’s got to go out in these games – because it’s no secret he’s going to play a lot – and take control of the huddle and make his moves in the game. That’s possible and I look forward to seeing him do it.” Freeman struggled in Monday’s practice, throwing an interception, having a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage and having two consecutive false starts, but Morris was steadfast in saying that the rookie signal caller is improving.


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