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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Freeman goes to Bucs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2009 first-round draft pick, Josh Freeman gestures during a news conference Monday April 27, 2009 in Tampa, Fla. Freeman was a quarterback at Kansas State.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2009 first-round draft pick, Josh Freeman gestures during a news conference Monday April 27, 2009 in Tampa, Fla. Freeman was a quarterback at Kansas State.

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— Raheem Morris shrugged off question after question, rejecting the notion that it must have been difficult deciding between drafting Josh Freeman and finding help for a porous defense that cost Tampa Bay a playoff berth.

“That’s a quarterback,” the first-year coach said Saturday night. “We all know you can’t win in this league without a quarterback. You just can’t do it.”

Ignoring obvious needs on defense, the Buccaneers selected Freeman with the 17th pick in the first round and are counting on the former Kansas State QB developing into a player that will lead the them back among the NFL’s elite.

To get him, they moved up two spots in the draft order, swapping places with the Cleveland Browns, who also received Tampa Bay’s sixth-round pick (No. 191 overall).

“He’s a long-term decision. He’s the direction we’re going,” said Morris, though the Bucs aren’t necessarily expecting Freeman to be the starter right away.

Comments

RockChalkJayBlog 11 years, 7 months ago

in before a KU fan goes "WHAT IS THIS A MANHATTAN PAPER?"

jayhawk47 11 years, 7 months ago

If he turns TB program around like he did K-States, they didn't gain much.

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 7 months ago

Another stupid article by a KU newspaper.

Dyrk Dugan 11 years, 7 months ago

We'll see how he does. Obviously, the physical tools are there. but that's it. He's 6-6, 260 lbs...and the scouts just marvel at his physical presence. but QBing in the NFL is about leadership...toughness...intelligence....and i think a spotty college career, hasn't show he'll make a big leap to the next level.

any time he got pressured...and it happened a lot vs. KU, he turned it over, or made a bad decision. just about every time. that doesn't bode well IMO.

truefan 11 years, 7 months ago

Well said RockChalkJayBlog and Jwliddell. I'm getting really sick hearing all of the whinning. I like the Big 12 updates, they keep me informed on our rivals because I don't want to have to go to their sites to keep an eye on them. I like this article particularly because Josh Freeman will go down as one of the worste flops in draft history.

Dan Harris 11 years, 7 months ago

jwliddell-tell us how you really feel! but I do agree. Its kind of like when Obama comes on the TV, I just change the channel, you guys don't HAVE to read the articles if you dont want to!!

joepattern 11 years, 7 months ago

Looks like he will be throwing plenty of pics in practice to Mr. Talib!

Way to go Tampa Bay, pretty much disqualified yourself from being a major contender for the next 5 years. Well, unless you decide to make him what he should be, a TE.

NebraskaJayhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

“He’s a long-term decision. He’s the direction we’re going,”

What did Freeman ever do for K-State. Granted, he is a big guy with a good arm, but not sure he has the mentality to play at the pro level, let alone the college level.

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