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Bucs QB Freeman spends Sunday checking out his new WRs

Quarterback Josh Freeman, wearing a Kansas City Royals cap, spent Sunday morning at the Bucs rookie minicamp checking out his two new receivers -- Arrelious Benn, a second-round pick from Illinois and Mike Williams, a fourth-rounder from Syracuse.

Freeman said he wasn't disappointed.

"That was my reason for coming out here, just to see these guys in real life, see them in action, running routes and making plays,'' Freeman said. "Yeah, I liked what I saw. They're two explosive guys with great hands and it will be interesting to see how they blend into our system and our scheme.

"I like what we had to begin with, but we're always adding, always changing, always trying to better ourselves as a program. I really like what they did. I'm interested to see how these guys are going to blend in because we have Mo Stovall, Mike Clayton, Sammie (Stroughter). I can see a pretty good competition going on this off-season in camp.''

Freeman said it didn't bother him that the Bucs used their first two draft picks on defensive tackles Gerald McCoy (3rd overall) and Brian Price (35th). Freeman played against McCoy when he was at Kansas State and McCoy was at Oklahoma.

"It all starts up front on the defensive side and I liked what they did with the next two picks, getting the receivers, better,'' Freeman said. "But Gerald is a great competitor. I played against him in college and it's exciting to have a few new targets.''

Bucs coach Rahem Morris said he wasn't surprised to see Freeman spend Sunday afternoon as a spectator at rookie minicamp.

"You can't get him out of the building right now,'' Morris said. "You love that. He's the quarterback. This is his team. He's letting everybody know, he wants to come and see Mike Williams. He wants to see these guys run around and catch balls. He wants to see the defensive line and how they're going to grow and get the ball back. Him showing interest in his team is what you love and you got to feel great about. Nobody called him and said, 'Hey, come in the building and check on these guys.' He was here the last two days and that was great.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:01pm]


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