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Freeman’s Audible Impresses Bucs

Posted Aug 16, 2009 by Roy Cummings

Updated Aug 16, 2009 at 04:46 PM

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TAMPA – The Bucs got a brief glimpse at the stuff that could make rookie quarterback Josh Freeman special during their 27-20 preseason loss to the Titans on Saturday night.

During one third-quarter play the communication line between Freeman and the sidelines got snarled to the point where Freeman couldn’t understand the play the team wanted him to call. So, he improvised and called his own play.

“He called a draw and we wound up getting seven yards out of it,’’ Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. “The coaches were like, ‘How did we get that out of that?’ That’s the stuff you don’t see, but it was awesome.’’

Freeman’s overall outing wasn’t awesome, but it wasn’t bad either. He threw a pick that was returned 29 yards for a touchdown, but he also completed five of the nine throws he made for 52 yards.

“I wasn’t able to do my young-guy periods [in practice] the last couple weeks because of all the nicks and bruises we’ve had so for those guys [Freeman and Josh Johnson] to step in and have some pretty good success and throw some pretty good balls was pretty impressive because they haven’t had a lot of practice,’’ Morris said. “The control, the poise of both of those guys - nobody out there felt like a shocker to me like, ‘Oh, God, I’m in the game.’ it was like, ‘Let’s go. What are we calling?’ ‘’


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