Bucs HC Morris recently named QB Byron Leftwich the starter and Luke Mccown the backup for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against Dallas. Rarely does a QB drafted in the first round – Josh Freeman was the No. 17 overall pick – begin his rookie season as a third teamer, but the Bucs believe Freeman can be successful despite placing him in an uncommon role.
Freeman will start Friday's preseason finale against, giving Bucs fans a glimpse into the future. But once the regular season starts, the No.3 quarterback typically receives little work during practices, so position coach Greg Olson will work extensively with Freeman after practices.
"That's really our plan – Coach Olson working with him after practice, going through all the quarterback detail issues that you need to do when you're by yourself," Morris said. "Whether you're talking to a mirror and calling it or whether you're just going out onto the field and just going through the plays, going through the progressions, making all the throws, doing everything you can."