Biggs: Freeman time next up in Tampa?

It’s impossible to say what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will do when they come out of their bye week.

At 0-7, there is no place to go but at up, so the bet here is they turn things over to rookie first-round draft pick Josh Freeman, whose debut was an international affair on Sunday as Freeman entered with 9:25 to play in the 35-7 beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered at the hands of the New England Patriots in London.

There wasn’t anything special about Freeman’s nine plays. He was sacked twice. He completed two passes. He ran around a little. He competed. He got his feet wet, finally.

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way for the Bucs, who originally planned to keep Freeman as the No. 3 behind a pair of veterans in Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown. Of course, the plan was for Jeff Jagodzinski to be the offensive coordinator too. An audible was called on both accounts before the season started, and with the Bucs where they are right now, destined for a last place finish in the NFC South, it’s expected there will be another shift in plans. Josh Johnson, who has started since Leftwich was yanked, isn’t the future.

Freeman didn’t have the benefit of much work in training camp and preseason, but he’s been the No. 2 since Johnson arrived and he might as well get some work this season so he’s not raw for the start of 2010. The Bucs host Green Bay coming out of the bye and if you’re going to turn to a rookie quarterback, it’s always best to do so for a home game.

Stay tuned.

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