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Bucs learning how to maximize Freeman's potential

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

After Josh Freeman's underwhelming first quarter of the season, the Bucs’ coaching staff spent the team’s Week Five bye trying to figure out what parts of the offense work best for their young QB.

Freeman, coming off a disappointing 2011 season in which he threw 22 interceptions (second-most in the league), has a passer rating of 75.3 — in line with his 74.6 rating last season — through four games.

We hear the Bucs are pleased with how Freeman has fared throwing the deep ball, but they want to give him more opportunities in a moving pocket, which has required some flexibility from offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, who previously served as the quarterbacks coach for the Giants in a system that was catered to the less mobile Eli Manning.

Freeman appears confident that he will succeed in Sullivan’s system, but the Bucs need him to be more accurate. He has completed only 54.6 percent of his passes and has been intercepted at least once in each of the past three games.

With a new head coach (Greg Schiano), offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (Ron Turner) working together for the first time, the Bucs are still very much feeling their way through the early stages of the season as they try to help get Freeman on track.

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