Tampa Bay Buccaneers first round pick Josh Freeman is officially taking his first steps toward becoming the franchise's future quarterback.
Freeman is one of 52 players currently participating in Tampa Bay's rookie mini-camp at One Buc Place. The camp will last until Sunday.
After warming up and stretching, Freeman began working out with his fellow rookie running backs, throwing short passes to each of them. Former James Madison quarterback Rodney Landers is also participating in this year's mini-camp to insure Freeman does not throw too much this weekend.
Tampa Bay signed eight undrafted free agents prior to Friday's practice. There are C Rob Bruggeman (Iowa), S C.J. Byrd (Georgia), T Andre Douglas (Temple), DT Rashaad Duncan (Pittsburgh), CB Marshall McDuffie (Florida International), G Maurice Miller (Mississippi), RB Josh Vaughan (Richmond) and CB DeAngelo Willingham (Tennessee).
Some local players invited to tryout for this years team are WR Amarri Jackson (USF), TE Cedric Hill (USF), DE Jarret Buie (Armwood/USF), OL Marc Dile (USF) and former LB Maurice Crum (Tampa Bay Tech/Notre Dame).
Last year, Tampa Bay invited undrafted rookies Clifton Smith (RB) and Elbert Mack (CB) to rookie mini-camp and both eventually made the team.
Practice is expected to conclude around 4 p.m. and Bucs coach Raheem Morris will address the media shortly afterwards.