Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris said injured quarterback Josh Freeman took his normal amount of reps under center on Friday, but that his status remains as questionable heading into Sunday's game in Jacksonville.
"5 [Freeman] went out there today, proceeded with caution ... but he's doing a great job," Morris said from outside of the locker room. "[He] went out there and practiced today and looked good."
Backup Josh Johnson stepped in last Sunday during the Buccaneers' 38-19 home loss to Carolina and stands to make his second start of the season if Freeman can't go because of an injury to his right shoulder.
Morris gave no indication that his starter would be ready to go this week, but did say he feels better about Freeman's status at this point in the week compared to last Friday.
"I've seen him throw the ball a lot more because obviously he did a lot more this week than he did last week," Morris said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him throw at the stadium and I saw him throw today and do some different things."
Johnson completed 59.3 percent of his passes last Sunday (16 of 27) for 229 yards, threw a late touchdown to WR Dezmon Briscoe and was picked off once. He added 45 yards rushing on nine attempts.
Through the first 11 games, Freeman has hit on 61.8 percent of his attempts and thrown for 2,715 yards, 12 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
The Jaguars enter Sunday's game with the NFL's fourth-ranked pass defense (192.6 yards per game), but are dealing with a rash of injuries to its secondary. Three cornerbacks (Rashean Mathis, Derek Cox and William Middleton) have been placed on injured reserve in as many weeks.
Jacksonville went last week with undrafted rookie Kevin Rutland and Ashton Youboty at the corners. Youboty spent a brief stint with the Bucs before being released in August. The pair combined to do little to stop San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers on Monday Night Football. Rivers passed for 294 yards, three touchdowns and no picks on 22 of 28 passing as the Chargers won big, 38-14.