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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Josh Freeman makes a fan of a former critic

Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman had a lot of critics when he was drafted in the first round last year.

One of them was my colleague Pete Pricso is CBSsports.com.

After watching Freeman last season and on the heels of a recent conversation Prisco had with him, Prisco is changing his tune. He outlined it in a well-written column on his website today.

I'm pointing this out because it's a chance for you to hear from someone else much of what we've told you about Freeman. Remember, this is a neutral, non-local party sharing his observations.

Here's an excerpt:

"There are certain players you talk to that just seem to get it. They are fans of the game. They know the league. They know what they need to do to be a success, unlike a player like JaMarcus Russell, who only seemed to know what he had to do to increase his pants size."

And another:

"When he came out of Kansas State, I swore (Freeman) was a run-around quarterback. But what I saw last season was a player who has the tools to be a pocket passer, who could run when he needed to do so, but was more inclined to load up and throw."

Of course, once the season starts, Freeman will have to make good on all the predictions about his future success. But for now, he's certainly making believers of former critics -- for what that's worth.

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

    

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