Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman talked about how he has grown as a quarterback during his first two years in the NFL on his conference call with the Atlanta media Wednesday
On playing against other former Big 12 players such as Curtis Lofton and Sean Weatherspoon:
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for both of those guys and what they were able to do in college. ... It's pretty cool that we ended up in the same division but it's always a pretty good competition when I'm lined up against those guys. We want to go out and play great football on Sunday."
On the keys to success in the fourth quarter:
"It's really just a mindset; it's a mentality. When we're down, we never really feel like we don't have a chance. If the game's within reach, we're going to give it everything we've got to make something happen. Fortunately, we've been able to do that the past few games."
On development as a quarterback:
"From year one to year two, the opportunity to spend an entire offseason and work with our coaches, and I feel like it's made a huge difference. Whether it's understanding our own playbook, understanding defenses on the protection aspect of things, really there's not a whole lot of indecision in my game right now and it feels pretty good. I'm comfortable out on the field. I understand what we're trying to do offensively. All the points and protection calls are put on my back now. It really allows me to get a great understanding for what we're trying to do and what we're doing."