Breaking News: Tampa Bay Bucs Demote QB Byron Leftwich

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Published: September 28, 2009

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... Leftwich, who was named the starter by Coach Raheem Morris in the pre-season, has been demoted from starter to third string; with third string quarterback Josh Johnson ascending to the top of the depth chart. Rookie Josh Freeman will remain the second string quarterback.

The move comes a day after the New York Giants destroyed the Bucs, shutting them out and holding their offense to just five first downs and 86 total yards.

By moving Leftwich to third string, though, there will undoubtedly be questions raised regarding his future with the organization.

The new starting QB, Johnson, is in just his second year in the NFL, and Freeman was a high draft pick this year. One of those players are the future of the team, and by making this change now, the Bucs might be taking steps toward blending that future with the present.

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