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June 28, 2011

Freeman thrives in leadership role

BRADENTON, Fla. -- For the past couple of weeks Josh Freeman set up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' minicamp, which forced the third-year quarterback into roles as diverse as coach to caterer.

The Bucs had the youngest team in the NFL last season, so it shouldn't be surprising the duties of organizing the camp fell to the 23-year-old Freeman.

And listening to his Buc teammates talk, Freeman's leadership qualities come as naturally to him as his smooth throwing motion and long, fluid running style.

"I think we've got one of the better (quarterbacks)," Tampa Bay DT Gerald McCoy said Tuesday after the Bucs' first workout. "Clearly, you can see it with him organizing this, bringing the team together. When you see us group up as a team on the field, Free's the one talking. So it's great to have a leader like him who can step up and bring us together."

McCoy said teams with young or unproven quarterbacks such as the Panthers are going to have a tougher time preparing for the season after missing out on OTAs and minicamps because of the lockout.

But Freeman said the Panthers "have enough leaders in their locker room" to support Newton, whom Freeman worked out with at IMG Academies here in the spring before Newton's pro day at Auburn.

Freeman said Newton is clearly talented, but is a different type of athlete than Freeman. For one, Freeman said Newton is faster than he is.

Time will tell whether Newton will be as fast a study as Freeman in developing into a team leader.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on June 28, 2011 at 05:14 PM | Permalink


I think Eddie needs a hug.

Posted by: mp | Jun 28, 2011 5:39:12 PM

Panthers or Bucs board?

Person def a weirdo.

Posted by: parker myers | Jun 28, 2011 6:09:21 PM

I think Eddie needs a jail cell. Such hate.

Posted by: sfinsf | Jun 28, 2011 9:01:19 PM

I believe Eddie is Ray Finkle in disguise.

Posted by: Ace Ventura | Jun 28, 2011 9:25:33 PM

Silly me, I thought "Inside the Panthers" meant the blog was devoted to players with the Panthers' organization.

Posted by: Aaron | Jun 28, 2011 10:31:23 PM

is the first comment from Rush L. or just some other goat high on oxy-contins??

Posted by: Scott | Jun 29, 2011 12:09:29 AM

Come on Joe, I am not as critical of this blog as a lot of the other commenters are, but even I got to say, why Buc news? I have the ability to go to the Tampa and St Petersburg paper sites if I want to read about Josh Freeman. I want to read about my home team

Posted by: Jason Alston | Jun 29, 2011 12:25:32 AM

Umm.....who cares about Josh Freeman. I thought this was a Panther's forum.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Jun 29, 2011 7:01:06 AM

I think Cam will be fine as long as he applies himself to study film in order to improve as a Quarterback. He has to want to be good or great for personal reasons as wll as for the team. This is a job and career to take seriously and not let outside influences take over. I didn't see a lot of other people around him during the draft. He said he was the only one moving to Charlotte, which is good, he doesn't seem to have those around him just to take advantage of him for money and other reasons. Good luck Cam.

Posted by: hardkid24 | Jun 29, 2011 7:33:20 AM

If there is a 2011 & Scam is QB look for a repeat 2-14 & 1st pick again in 2012 with HiQ college grad real passer QB Luck of high integrity picked.
Fans will have to suffer thru a 2nd nauseating season.

On a brighter note the hated scum NFL union is history & outlawed within 2 yrs. Fans will be estatic as player salaries are chopped 75% and life made less expensive for real America.

Posted by: meckdeck | Jun 29, 2011 8:28:27 AM

Make it less expensive for real American? Who said you have to deal with football. Even if the players salaries are cut by 75%,

1. You will not see a dime of it, and,

2. The owners are not going to cut tickets. They will just pocket the difference.

Posted by: Real Panther | Jun 29, 2011 9:07:13 AM

OOOOKKKK, so we will get rid of the bad bad football so you don't have to see it again.

Posted by: Real Panther | Jun 29, 2011 12:06:19 PM

With all the Scam Newton BS hype the Panthers should be winning the next FIVE straight Super Bowls right and he will replace Mohammed as the new false prophet. What a joke.

This is gonna be so hilarious. This guy is a total DUD but they will have a million excuses to cover his backside when he screws up.

SSmith is still some heroic WR per these know nothings yet hadnt done jack in 3 yrs but collect a stinkin payment for nothing. He had 1 or 2 good yrs. Thats it.

Same BS crowd ... BS and lies ... They know nothing else. Dont buy their snake oil.

Posted by: mohair sam | Jun 29, 2011 5:06:47 PM

Cmon Person, know your audience. This is a Panthers blog. Don't post articles about the enemy! :p

Posted by: Revshawn | Jun 30, 2011 11:19:53 PM

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