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December 9, 2011 @ 3:21 pm
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Freeman Works Normal Reps, Remains Questionable

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Eric Horchy


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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.

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    I hope Freeman can play, but I don't expect any deep throws. There is no reason why we can not beat Jacksonville with either JF, JJ, RC. The key to this game is can we stop their RB and keep their defense on the field longer than their offense. Bucs 19-Jaguars 17. Go Bucs! Get Better.
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    Come on Free, we need you to have a big passing day to offset all the running you know Jacksonville is going to lead with. I am counting on the offensive line to bounce back from their awful performance they had last week and get the running game going to help keep our defense fresh so they can stop Jacksonville's run game. Our young defensive line needs to shine to help the running game too. The Bucs need to keep eight players up front to clog all the running lanes. I hope the PR will start searching now for some great LB prospects in the draft and free agency because we will need two new starters there and a top DB prospect too, because I have no confidence at all in Myron Lewis. if DJ Johnson is not on a roster now I would cut Lewis tomorrow and bring DJ back. If Hardy ever comes available again, we need him on our practice squad in place of the slot vacated by Ahmad Black. I am pleased with our defensive ends and Rhonde and thats about it on defense. Biggers and Mack are Ok for backup duty as is Lynch at Safety. Mason Foster has been spotty and not the real force at the point of attack that I had anticipated, but maybe he just needs to reach the point where he knows the position well enough to just play and use his instincts and abilities. Lets beat Jax this week. Go Bucs.
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