Freeman will likely get a little bit more time to get in a groove when the Buccaneers follow up with their second preseason game Friday night at Raymond James Stadium against the Tennessee Titans. After three weeks of watching Freeman operate the offense in training camp, Head Coach Greg Schiano is expecting good things.
“I really have been impressed,” said Schiano. “I think Josh and the receivers are starting to get a really good feel; the two running backs are both performing at a high level; on the offensive line I think we’re starting to mesh.”
Before the team-wide struggles of 2011, Freeman and company appeared to be an offense on the rise in 2010. The Bucs believe they can get their young franchise quarterback back to where he was in his first full season as a starter, when he threw 25 touchdown passes against just six interceptions. To that end, they’ve added, among others, wide receiver
“We’ve got a lot of weapons,” said wide receiver
Fifteen different players caught a pass for the Buccaneers in the Miami game, but that’s obviously the result of preseason rotations and bloated camp rosters. In a typical regular-season game, the Bucs will have four or five receivers active and a handful of backs and tight ends. Schiano still expects Freeman to spread the football around in the regular season, even if he does have a brand new #1 target in Jackson.
“Well, I think we do have a number-one receiver, that’s for sure,” said Schiano. “But you do like the ball distributed so teams can’t lock in. You know, they’re going to do that, there’s no doubt that people will do certain things with their coverage of Vincent. So, when that happens you need to make people pay in the other spots and then eventually get the double off Vincent if you can.”