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Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016
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Bucs notes: Team wants to see what RB Madu can do

TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't quite sure yet what they have in running back Mossis Madu, so they plan to take a good look at the Oklahoma product in game situations down the stretch this season. "I don't know if I'd call it a package of plays, but we are getting him more involved,'' offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. "We're going to continue to add to what we do with him.'' Madu, signed as an undrafted free agent, ran the ball eight times for 25 yards in his debut as a ball-carrier in last week's loss to Carolina. Ultimately, the Bucs think Madu has the skill and smarts to develop into a solid third-down or change-of-pace back to complement starting RB LeGarrette Blount, but that remains to be seen.
"He's very good out of the backfield,'' Olson said. "He has very good hands, he's a smart guy and he understands protections, so I think that would be a good start for him.'' Madu is coming off an MCL sprain and had to learn the offense on the fly after signing with the team in July. He's ready to prove his worth. "I'm as ready as I'll ever be,'' he said. "I feel like my head's in the playbook, I'm in the right place. I know most of the stuff and I'm ready to go out there and prove it.'' Madu has proved to the Bucs he can learn the offense, but what the Bucs want to see now is whether he can be an effective blocker in pass protection. Looking good Freeman on Thursday had his busiest day of practice since bruising his right throwing shoulder against Tennessee on Dec. Nov. 27. He remains on track to return to the starting lineup on Sunday. "We were able to give Josh a couple of full periods (Thursday and, really, he felt good,'' Olson said. Morris said Freeman participated in all the periods "we wanted him in'' and was "pretty productive.'' Freeman remains day to day, according to Morris, and will be re-evaluated today. Injury update CB Aqib Talib missed practice Thursday with a sore hamstring, but Morris suggested there still was a chance he'll play Sunday. Others missing practice Thursday were TE Luke Stocker (hip), DT Albert Haynesworth (knee), LB Adam Hayward (foot), DE Tim Crowder (concussion) and S Larry Asante (hamstring).