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Freeman finishes Bucs practice with a flourish

TAMPA — QB Josh Freeman has produced a few two-minute thrills during his career, and he finished strong again during Saturday night's workout at Raymond James Stadium.

In a situational drill with one timeout and trailing 14-13, Freeman engineered a drive capped by Brian Leonard's 34-yard touchdown run. Rookie QB Mike Glennon led the second-team offense down the field before Lawrence Tynes missed a tying 42-yard field goal.

"I thought our quarterbacks, the balls were popping off their hand," coach Greg Schiano said. "There were some good seam routes. The ball got there in a hurry, and there's no substitute for that.

"I think both quarterbacks did a nice job moving the club. I thought in the team period before that, when we were just playing football in the regular situation, I thought it was good. It was a great teaching tape."

Glennon, the third-round draft pick from N.C. State, was accurate throwing until the end of the two-minute period.

"I missed a throw that could've ended it," he said. "It's something I need to work on.

"I think Josh is doing a really good job. I'm still working at it. I still have a long ways to go. I'm working at it every day just trying to get better."

First hit? Check: It was another step forward on the comeback trail for DE Adrian Clayborn, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL.

"He got knocked on his rear … on an inside run drill in the beginning," Schiano said. "It's the best thing that could've happened to him. He was laughing. I was laughing, and now he can go. Then he went down in the pass rush (drill) and kicked some butt."

Staying patient: LG Carl Nicks continues to work his way back from last season's toe surgery. He is practicing on a limited basis but vows not to miss any regular-season action.

"I don't know if I'll play in any preseason games. But I'll be ready," said Nicks, entering his sixth season and whose 11 games missed in 2012 were the first of his career.

"It's real hard, especially when you see these guys put the pads on for the first time. But it's part of the game. You have to take care of your body and stay rested. So I'm trying to do that. I've never had a (serious) injury. So it's new to me."

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

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