Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs QB Freeman planning three-day minicamp
TAMPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is not a hoarder. He does have a tendency, however, to hold onto things others might find dispensable, such as old playbooks and practice scripts. Those items have come in handy during the NFL lockout, when Freeman has organized players-only workouts. Now, he has even bigger plans. Freeman expects to hold a three-day minicamp for Bucs players at the end of June, replete with two-a-day workouts."I don't know about some of the free agents and rookies, but we're hoping to have about 45 guys there,'' Freeman said Monday. "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.'' Normal would include coaches writing up the practice scripts and handing them out to the players, but with coaches prohibited from communicating with players in any way during the lockout, that job has fallen to Freeman. Without new material to work with, Freeman has run player workouts based on those old playbooks and practices scripts. The results, he said, have the Bucs in step with where they'd be during a regular offseason. "It's usually pretty fundamental stuff (that you work on during the offseason), so I'd say that with offensive guys, the receivers and all, we're right on pace with where we'd be (without a lockout),'' Freeman said. "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.'' Once Freeman comes up with a workout plan, he relies on teammates to help share the information. "It's not hard,'' he said. "You just go back to the book we had from last year and you've got all the installs there and you make copies of them and you hand them out to the guys. "I don't have the defensive stuff, but I do have all our stuff (for the offense). In fact, that's one of the things I've got to do (at workouts this week). I've got to hand out the packets so the guys can pass them on to (the other guys at) their positions so that we can all get ready for this thing here at the end of the month. I'll tell you what, it gives you a whole new appreciation for what (the coaches) do.'' Freeman gained an even greater appreciation for what coaches do on Monday when he worked as a coach/counselor at former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht's football camp at Land O' Lakes High School. "You always want to give back to the community and to these kids and maybe show them a thing or two,'' Freeman said. "And here we're really trying to give them the whole 360-degree approach. "They're learning fundamentals, but at the same time there's a lot in life that we can share with these kids as well. So, everybody's having a good time and the turnout has been great.'' Turnout at Freeman's private Bucs workouts has been great, too. He expects the turnout at his three-day minicamp to be strong because the players believe they're on the brink of something special. "We're young and we're hungry,'' he 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 and that's the only thing that's on this team's mind.''