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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman sees practice pace quicken

TAMPA - Josh Freeman is the Bucs' quarterback of the future. But he had to wait his turn upon returning to offseason workouts Tuesday.

"I got a couple reps (with the starters), just to make me feel good,'' Freeman said.

QBs Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich took the majority of the reps with the first-team offense during a blitz period; the rookies duplicated the team work later.

Freeman, the Bucs' first-round draft pick, said there was a definite difference in the pace of practice from his first experience with rookie minicamp last month.

"Definitely, the tempo from rookie minicamp to OTAs (organized team activities) is a lot faster because there's not a whole lot of teaching going on, everybody is expected to know and you just kind of run through the script,'' Freeman said. "I'd been watching them on film with (quarterbacks) coach Greg Olson, so I pretty much knew what I was going to see. Both Byron and Luke are really good quarterbacks so it was pretty much what I expected. A lot of plays were made out there.''

Freeman, who returned to Kansas State after the rookie minicamp, said he didn't really have a "Welcome to the NFL'' moment Tuesday.

"But I hooked up quite a few times with Sammie (Stroughter),'' Freeman said. "He's making a lot of plays. Even out there he got to run with the ones a little bit and he was out there making some plays. Just my connection with my rookie class and the type of guys I'm getting to share this time with.''

STORER TO IR: The Bucs placed FB Byron Storer on injured reserve.

Storer was recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last season when he was injured during the first voluntary workouts last week.

It's believed the Bucs reached an injury settlement with Storer before placing him on IR.

Storer played 15 games with six starts over the past two seasons, totaling two receptions for 3 yards and 16 special teams tackles.

NO RUUD:Barrett Ruud still is staying away from practices.

As the Times reported last week, Ruud is in the final year of his contract that will pay $1.6 million in base salary in 2009; he wants an extension. Last week, Ruud asked the team for a few personal days,but team officials have no idea if Ruud plans to attend any of the workouts.

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