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Johnson 'entrenched' as Bucs No. 2 QB

Josh Johnson went 0-4 in his first experience as an NFL quarterback last season.

But he already has 'entrenched,' himself as the Bucs' No. 2 behind starter Josh Freeman, according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson

The Bucs' other quarterbacks -- Rudy Carpenter and rookie Jevan Snead -- never have taken a snap in the NFL.

"A year ago, he was out of the mix,'' Olson said of Johnson. "We had Luke (McCown) and Byron (Leftwich) in here and we had just drafted Josh Freeman. So Josh Johnson was getting very few if any reps. The nice thing is we're still in the process of developing Josh Freeman, but Josh (Johnson) has entrenched himself as that No. 2 guy right now, so he's getting the majority of the other reps.

"He has a real solid handle, in my opinion. Mentally, he's very sharp, he makes very few mistakes if any and he makes the most of the reps he's getting.''

Johnson completed 63 of 125 passes (50.9 percent) last season for 685 yards with four touchdowns and eight interceptions.

"I'm a different quarterback because of that experience,'' Johnson said. "I have those games I can look back on and understand exactly what happens out there. It's totally different now because I'm the one getting the reps.''

Olson said he believes Johnson eventually can be a starting NFL quarterback.

"I think Josh definitely has the ability to be a starter in this league and that's a goal of his,'' Olson said. "It should be a goal of his. Guys talk a lot about, "Is he accurate enough?' Yeah, I believe that he's accurate enough. He needs more experience. He needs to take care of the ball better.''

[Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 2:41pm]


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