Josh Freeman rallies more than 50 Bucs for minicamp

Attendance couldn’t have been much better at the player-organized minicamp the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened on Tuesday.

Quarterback Josh Freeman served as the ringleader and when they got going more than 50 players were present at IMG Academies in nearby Brandenton, Fla., including veteran cornerback Aqib Talib, who some have speculated will be an ex-Buc once the lockout has ended. Talib is facing a charge of aggravated assault in Texas.

“It just says that we have a hungry team and that going out and winning football games is really important to all of our guys,’’ Freeman said, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. “It just shows that we have a lot of passionate dudes here, and you have to love the fact that they all took time out of their schedule to come out and do something like this.”

Draft picks like Adrian Clayborn and Mason Foster were present as were pending free agents like Davin Joseph and Jeremy Trueblood. Freeman has previously organized workouts in the Tampa area and the quarterback, heading into his third season, has emerged as a strong young leader.

The Bucs are an interesting young team. They won 10 games in 2010 despite missing the playoffs, but there are questions whether or not they can build on that success. Their schedule looks tougher and the division is formidable with the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. Any shortcomings this season won’t be because the quarterback didn’t do all he could in the offseason.

“Every year we get together the last week of June and put together a good hard minicamp before we take some time off in July. So, we’re just trying to keep things as normal as possible,’’ Freeman said. “We didn’t come out here to sit around and look pretty. We came out here to get some work in.’’

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