Josh Freeman organizing minicamp for Buccaneers

After just two seasons, Josh Freeman has taken a clear leadership role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

And if you had any question how effective he’s been, check out what he has in store for the team at the end of this month. According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, Freeman is organizing a three-day minicamp for players complete with two-a-day practices.

Freeman isn’t sure yet who all will show up, but he’s expecting about 45 players, which would be a solid turnout, especially when you consider the end of June is when players are accustomed to vacationing.

"I don't know about some of the free agents and rookies, but we're hoping to have about 45 guys there,'' Freeman told Cummings. "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.

"We talk about different plays. We run through different plays. We talk about different coverages and everyone is being extremely professional about it. Everybody's putting the work in.''

Freeman said he has an appreciation for what the coaches go through as he prepares packets for his teammates with plays and other material. He wants to start distributing the information soon so everyone is on the same page when they get rolling.

"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.”

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