Josh Freeman is still wearing a No. 5 jersey as he stands under center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
So much for the similarities.
The second-year quarterback looks like a different player to teammates and coaches who can't help but notice Freeman's emerging confidence.
"Josh Freeman looks like a guy who knows what he wants to do,'' middle linebacker Barrett Ruud said after Monday's opening practice at mandatory minicamp "He's not just going through the motions out here. He's trying things out like pump fakes. He's been watching other quarterbacks in this league, seeing how they play against the Cover 2. I think he knows how to prepare now. He knows what he needs to do to get better.''
We'll see how it translates to the field during games this season. He threw a ton of interceptions last year (18) with just 10 TDs. He should be improved, but may still not be backup worthy on your fantasy team. Expect him to be on most leagues' waiver wires.