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Friday, September 6, 2013
Bucs QB Freeman responds to Wilkerson

By Rich Cimini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman shrugged off less-than-flattering comments from Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who suggested that Freeman is prone to self-inflicted mistakes.

"I'm no more motivated by somebody on the Jets saying something than somebody in the media saying something," Freeman told the Tampa Bay Times. "It comes from within, the work we do, the coaches. You've got to hold it tight because you can't let somebody else saying something the way you go about your business, otherwise you're going to change and you're going to be off base in that regard."

On Wednesday, Wilkerson told ESPNNewYork.com that "we feel like we have a great game plan to get him off his mark and get him uncomfortable." Asked if Freeman is vulnerable, Wilkerson nodded his head.

"You see it on film," he said. "You get him off his mark and get him kind of rattled, and he kind of just makes mistakes on his own. It's not even so much the defense, it's just him not being comfortable. If we do that, we should definitely be fine and come out with a victory on Sunday."