Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman rebounds with good performance
Rookie Josh Freeman was down but not out of the race for the Bucs' starting quarterback job. He needed a good performance Friday and got one.
Working in a situational drill with 1:35 seconds remaining in the game, the ball on his own 35-yard line and trailing by three points with two timeouts, Freeman led his offense to within field goal distance. Then in a red zone team drill, he fired a touchdown to Jerramy Stevens.
"The last time we got a big dose of Josh Freeman, he didn't have a great day,'' said coach Raheem Morris. "He had, I think, a three-pick day. He was distraught at himself and came in and gave you that slow, cocky demeanor "Dude, I don't throw interceptions. I can't believe I did that. I was turned around and I see Byron (Leftwich) throw a deep ball so I figured I had to throw a deep ball.'''
"And that happens when you're a young player. Instead of going through your progressions and going through what's natural and doing what's best for you, doing what's best for your team, you don't. You make bad decisions.
"Today hecame out and went through his progressions. It was his huddle, it was his control, his team. It was nice to see and he threw a couple of nice balls in there.''
Second-year pro Josh Johnson also had a good outing. Working in the two-minute drill, he completed a slant to newly acquired receiver Mario Urretia for a touchdown.