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Josh Freeman expects 45 teammates at Bucs minicamp

Josh Freeman, Jeff Faine, Jovan Belcher AP

Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is planning a three-day minicamp for the last weekend of June, and he wants all of his teammates to know he expects them to be there.

“I don’t know about some of the free agents and rookies, but we’re hoping to have about 45 guys there,” Freeman told the Tampa Tribune. “We’re going to try to get everybody in and go over some scheme stuff and even install some stuff. I held on to some of my playbooks from the [regular] season and we’re putting together scripts and everything and just trying to get things back to normal as much as possible.”

Freeman has been one of the most outspoken players in the league about the importance of getting together for offseason workouts. In April he said he was committed to keeping the Bucs’ momentum going from last season, and he got 100 percent participation from the offensive skill position players for the passing camps he hosted. Freeman even got center Jeff Faine on board, after Faine initially said that he wouldn’t participate.

Freeman has a playbook, and he kept practice scripts from last year that he plans to use to guide the Bucs’ minicamp. Although he’s only 23 years old, Freeman is acting like a veteran leader keeping his teammates focused on the task at hand.

“We’re young and we’re hungry,” Freeman said. “And when the lockout ends it’s going to be a level playing field, but it’s also going to be about going out and getting wins and that’s the only thing that’s on this team’s mind.”

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12 Responses to “Josh Freeman expects 45 teammates at Bucs minicamp”
  1. cover2blitz0 says: Jun 13, 2011 5:26 PM

    S T U D

  2. bluvayner says: Jun 13, 2011 5:31 PM

    Yeah, sure. He kept practice scripts from last year? I’m sure that Raheem Morris was up half the night, helping him remember where he put them.

  3. bucnut says: Jun 13, 2011 5:34 PM

    if this isnt the most impressive young QB in the league i dont know who is. Freeman is making Buc fans everywhere very proud

  4. damayan5 says: Jun 13, 2011 5:35 PM

    Wow a 45 man mini-camp.. That’s impressive.

    I hope he and Bucs continue this upward trend of theirs. He looks like one of the greats in the making. But we shouldnt crown him yet, he could still fizzle out like many before him.

  5. fitz66 says: Jun 13, 2011 5:59 PM

    Kid is a leader. He’s going to be something special if the Bucs build properly around him. He’s what, 23?

  6. larryed says: Jun 13, 2011 8:15 PM

    I remember after the Buc’s drafted him – Morris said they would have selected him if they had the 1st pick of the draft. I can see why – Go Freeman.

  7. buccaboo says: Jun 13, 2011 8:19 PM

    Josh Freeman<Future league MVP and Super Bowl winner!!

  8. gor3hound says: Jun 13, 2011 8:41 PM

    So proud of being a Buc fan right now.

  9. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jun 13, 2011 11:35 PM

    Love this kid. Love him.

  10. denverhighrize says: Jun 13, 2011 11:52 PM

    The most impressive thing is that Josh can count to 45. Math is not offered at Kansas State.

  11. bucsballer says: Jun 14, 2011 10:20 AM

    I love being a bucs fan knowing this is our future, I think he might be the best pick Tampa has made in years. Great person off the field amazing athlete on the field and has shown to be the leader that offense needed. Glad we took him over the Glassford and dirty sanchize

  12. tbf22 says: Jun 14, 2011 1:28 PM

    I’ll be sure to sport my Freeman Jersey when I’m at Lambeau field for the Packer/Bucs game!

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