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Leftwich on offseason workouts and QB battle



QB Byron Leftwich didn't just talk about his slight groin strain today.

He addressed some other more interesting matters, including the quarterback race and his honest thoughts on offseason workouts.

Regarding the position battle and whether rookie Josh Freeman is a factor right now, Leftwich said he fully expects Freeman to sit this year, echoing the sentiments of his coaches. But he knows that won't be the case for long.

"For the '09 season, yes," Leftwich said. "Whoever is the best quarterback, he will play. That’s the only way you can look at it. We all understand that they drafted Josh in the first round and eventually they’re going to give him the keys. It’s my job to make sure I’m the best quarterback on the team to make sure they don’t give him those keys until later on. I’m going on my seventh year. I understand how it works."

Later, Leftwich -- who is nothing if not refreshingly honest -- said this in response to my question about offseason workouts:

"Anybody can play football when you’re in shorts and helmets. You (he's talking to me) could probably go out there and throw the ball in a helmet and shorts. It’s all about going out there and seeing who the guys follow and going out there and performing well enough in the preseason. That’s really what it’s going to come down to. Nobody can win the job in OTAs. You can only open people’s eyes up to what you are as a player, especially me in my first year. I can only open people’s eyes who’ve never seen me before (and) who have never coached me before."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:34pm]


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