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It's official: Freeman is Bucs' starter

We noted earlier that rookie quarterback Josh Freeman was preparing to start for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and now it’s official: Bucs coach Raheem Morris has announced that Freeman is his starting quarterback.

The Bucs are on their bye this week, giving Freeman some extra time to work with the first-string offense before making the first start of his career against the Green Bay Packers on November 8.

Freeman is the Bucs’ third starter this season; Byron Leftwich started the first three weeks and Josh Johnson has started the last four. Neither played particularly well for the Bucs, who are 0-7 on the season.

A talented but raw rookie from Kansas State, Freeman was chosen 17th overall in this year’s draft. He played briefly in Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots, completing two of four passes for 16 yards and getting sacked twice.

In four preseason games Freeman completed 22 of 49 passes for 238 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He ran the ball eight times for 75 yards and one touchdown.

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8 Responses to “It's official: Freeman is Bucs' starter”
  1. Citizen Strange says: Oct 28, 2009 2:17 PM

    Will Bucs fans start calling Freeman “Free Willie” like in the movie? or “Sweet Dick Willie” like in “Do the Right Thing?”

  2. cailte says: Oct 28, 2009 2:25 PM

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  3. mikenjess143 says: Oct 28, 2009 2:45 PM

    Well its not possible for Freeman to suck more than Josh Johnson or Byron Leftwich right?

  4. teke184 says: Oct 28, 2009 3:04 PM

    If they’re going to continue with the Do The Right Thing theme, I recommend calling him “Smiley”.

  5. sheluvsfootball says: Oct 28, 2009 3:52 PM

    This is the biggest setup and I feel so bad for these young men. This is a bad team, a young coach in trouble and they need to make something..ANYTHING happen. This is exactly how you can kill the career of a young QB. This franchise has too many issues to rectify this season. As much as I don’t care for Leftwich, it’s the coaches ego’s that won’t let them go back to him. He had true NFL experience and now they are fumbling through the roster to see who’s confidence level they can kill next. There are much more talented QB’s out there on the market…I suggest they go shopping…week 7 or not.

  6. mooremi9 says: Oct 28, 2009 4:25 PM

    im still laughing from yesterday about Raheem Morris’s nick name. RADIO!!!!! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAAHHAAHAHAHHAHAAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

  7. Bob Nelson says: Oct 28, 2009 4:26 PM

    Dom Capers will be enjoying his defense having a nice stat padding game against the rookie.
    Trying to tackle during the return and getting face planted is no way to learn to read defenses.

  8. kappa08 says: Oct 29, 2009 11:00 AM

    It’s an obvious “rebuilding/learning year”…you can either relax and play out the ride or tense up and bleed out….to spend an ounce of emotion on this team is immature and you might want to “check your head”. It’s NOT worth it.

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