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All Bucs QB’s Working Hard This Offseason

In addition to on-field work with their receivers, Buccaneers quarterbacks Josh Freeman, Josh Johnson, and Rudy Carpenter have been going about a typical offseason in the film room, writes Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times.

“I think most or all quarterbacks probably do this in the offseason,” Carpenter said. “They go back and evaluate, self-scout their own offense to see what they’re doing. Also, us as a group, during the season and last season, our coaches have taught us a lot about what kind of tape to watch in the offseason.”

All three quarterbacks are 25 and under, with the 23-year-old Freeman coming off a season where he completed over 61% of his passes for 3,451 yards with 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions. The team’s unquestioned leader, Freeman has organized the player-run workouts, even wrangling tight end Kellen Winslow from his offseason training program in San Diego.

With continuity on the coaching staff, the Buccaneers should be less affected by the lockout than other teams that have changed head coaches and/or coordinators this offseason.

“As the summer progresses, we’re going to start doing more of the X’s and O’s,” Freeman said. “Nothing’s really changing as far as our system. There will be some nuances that change, but we can’t really talk to coaches.

“But before the lockout, I held on to my playbook from last year, and I’ve been going over things. And I took a lot of notes. I have notebooks of plays, and same thing with Josh and Rudy. We’re all very confident in this offense, so we can come out here with confidence and teach guys and direct things.”

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