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Freeman gets some work with vets

Rookie quarterback Josh Freeman joined veteran Bucs players for the first time Tuesday during the club's voluntary workouts.

"I got a couple reps (with the starters), just to make me feel good,'' Freeman said.

Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich took the majority of the reps with the first-team offense during a blitz period while the rookies duplicated the team work later.

Freeman, the Bucs' first-round draft pick, said there was a definite difference in the pace of practice from his first experience with rookie minicamp last month.

"Definitely, the tempo from rookie minicamp to OTA's is a lot faster because there's not a whole lot of teaching going on, everybody is expected to know and you just kind of run through the script,'' Freeman said.

"I'd been watching them on film with (quarterbacks) coach Greg Olson, so I pretty much knew what I was going to see. Both Byron and Luke are really good quarterbacks so it was pretty much what I expected. A lot of plays were made out there.''

Freeman, who returned to K-State following the rookie minicamp, said he didn't really have a 'Welcome to the NFL,' moment Tuesday.

"I can't really say there was one moment in particular, but I hooked up quite a few times with Sammie (Stroughter),'' Freeman said. "He's making a lot of plays. Even out there he got to run with the ones a little bit and he was out there making some plays. Just my connection with my rookie class and the type of guys I'm getting to share this time with.''


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:33pm]


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