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McCown: Extra work helped passing game



Quarterback Luke McCown took the first reps Saturday at Bucs minicamp and looked particularly sharp during drills and team work.

In fact, the passing game was efficient despite the installation of a new offense under Jeff Jagodzinski.

McCown credited extra work he received with rookie Josh Freeman and several receivers and tight ends over the past week for the crisp performance of the passing game.  

"The receivers and myself and a couple of the tight ends and Josh Freeman, we were here about a week early,'' McCown said. "All of last week and we got out here three days straight and got some good work in, going through the route tree, going through the concepts, kind of refreshing. We got a little time in the meeting room. We got together and sat down and watched some film of OTAs, just to refresh your mind of what it is, how it's called, what it looks like. And I think that helped a lot today.

"There's a short window that we have to get ready. Again, having a new system, I'm going to say we're playing catch-up with everybody else, but where everybody else is polishing now, we're still learning and we're still getting accustomed to it. So we have a very short window to get ready and I was very pleased today.''

McCown, who entered his fifth training camp with the Bucs, was excited to get the first reps under center Saturday. Byron Leftwich followed and then Freeman during team work.  

"Yeah, I mean, it was a lot of fun,'' McCown said. "That's the position you want to be in. You want to be looked at in that light, you want to be put in the position to show that you can handle it, that you can perform, that you can lead. I'm going out every day to do my best to show all those things.       

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:36pm]


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