Josh Freeman keeping Bucs on point

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not let the lockout pass them by while waiting idly.

Josh Freeman has shown leadership beyond his age as the quarterback has busied himself organizing workouts to stay sharp. It’s impressive considering Freeman has only played for two seasons, but that just about qualifies him to be a grizzled veteran on the youthful Bucs roster.

Freeman already set up a week of workouts for skill position players at the University of South Florida, according to Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune, and when the doors to One Buc Place were opened Tuesday after the lockout was lifted, Freeman was working out with free agent running back Cadillac Williams and ex-Bucs receiver Michael Clayton in nearby Bradenton.

It’s easy to see why coach Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Greg Olson have taken such a liking to Freeman. He’s got all the intangibles you would want to go with the physical tools and that makes the Bucs’ future bright even if the schedule looks considerably more challenging in 2011.

“As a young group of guys, it's really important that we keep our momentum from last season going regardless of the state of the lockout," Freeman said told Richardson.

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