On Friday, Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris said that the team would be making a starting quarterback choice in the near future.
It appears that the future is now.
Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Morris spoke to his team on Saturday morning and told them that Byron Leftwich would be under center when the Bucs host the Cowboys on September 13.
On Friday, Morris outlined why Leftwich could be his choice.
“If Byron Leftwich is your selection, [it’s because of] his leadership,
the fact that he’s won 12 games in this league before, the fact that
he’s a big, strong-armed guy that can make all the throws. . . . He has the
savvy, has the toughness, [is] mentally sharp, [has] all the qualities
that you look for in a quarterback.”
Leftwich started two of the three Buccaneers’ preseason games this summer. He completed 21-of-43 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown. Luke McCown, his chief competition, was 15-of-28 for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
First-round pick Josh Freeman is expected to be the third-string quarterback, which leaves Josh Johnson’s future in Tampa as something to watch as the Buccaneers cement their final roster over the next eight days.