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Josh Johnson remains the Buccaneers' starting quarterback



Don't expect to see first-round draft pick Josh Freeman under center any time soon.

Second-year pro Josh Johnson remains the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback, head coach Raheem Morris said during Monday's news conference.

"This is Josh's football team right now -- Johnson,' Morris said. "You'll see Josh Johnson. Freeman's got to take advantage of the opportunity whenever it comes and when it comes. Right now we're giving the ball to Josh Johnson and letting him go out there and play football.''

Johnson completed 26 of 50 pass attempts for 240 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions while facing relentless blitzing in Sunday's loss at Philadelphia. He rushed five times for 40 yards.

Morris said Johnson "made strides'' from his first start Oct. 4 against Washington. but wishes Johnson would have gotten more support from the players around him. He didn't get much pass protection, and receivers dropped numerous throws.

"He had a couple errors and he had some errors that are going to seem like his fault, some of the interceptions, but maybe the protection was wrong, forcing it out early, or whatever,'' Morris said. "He did some really good things. He did four or five things that are correctable, that could lead to a win or could lead to that game having us in position to win. That's what we've got to clean up with him. That's what we've got to get better with him.
"I did like where he went. He gave us a couple opportunities to make some plays that we didn't make for him. He gave us a chance on a bunch of other plays. He threw some of those throws we didn't see last week that we wanted him to throw. He got a better comfort level with some of the wideouts throwing some of those balls. He definitely got a better comfort level with Kellen Winslow and the stuff they were able to do together. He made strides and he's continuing to get better and we've got to get everybody to play. He played hard, he played fast and he played fearless, sometimes a little too fearless."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:44pm]


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