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Penn predicts Freeman could be "MVP candidate" this year



Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman created a lot of buzz with his impressive season last year, his first full year as a starter, throwing 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions, while racking up several fourth-quarter comebacks.  

And if you ask Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn, Freeman could have one memorable encore.

"I can't even imagine what he's going to do this year - I think it's going to be that big and that great," Penn said. "I think he's going to separate himself from one of them lower-tier quarterbacks. He's going to be one of the top five quarterbacks in the league. If we keep doing what we're doing and keep him safe, I think he's going to be an MVP candidate. As long as we win and as long as we do our jobs, he's going to make the right decision to put the ball where it needs to be."

Penn has been pleased with what he's seen from the offense so far in camp, specifically how Freeman has worked with WR Mike Williams and TE Kellen Winslow.

"I think if everyone stays healthy, I think Mike Williams and Josh Freeman will be one of the biggest, deadliest combinations. I mean Mike Williams has been having a tremendous camp, a tremendous camp - and Kellen Winslow. It just seems like, they say we started off slow, but with those guys and Josh it seems like they're picking up where we left off."


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[Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2011 2:11pm]


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