Davin Joseph on course for return


Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph said his rehabilitation from a major knee injury is behind him.

“No limitations, just working on the little stuff," Joseph said as he met with the media Tuesday, the second day of the team’s offseason program.

Joseph said time was on his side because the injury was suffered during the preseason. He said his focus now is to get into football shape and has no concerns about the knee.

“I’m where I need to be,’’ Joseph said. “I’m confident that I’ll have no issues for OTAs and minicamp and all that stuff.’’

Joseph said he’s anxious to get to the on-field portion of the workouts because he believes Tampa Bay’s offense is loaded with talent.

“It’s Grade A,’’ Joseph said.

The Bucs added Carl Nicks last season to give the Bucs what could have been the best guard tandem in the NFL. But Joseph’s injury put that on hold and Nicks went out with a foot injury around the middle of the season. The Bucs still managed to put up some big offensive numbers, led by receiver Vincent Jackson and running back Doug Martin.

But Joseph sounded optimistic Tampa Bay’s offense can be even more dynamic in 2013.

“We have to come together and make Freeman the player he needs to be," Joseph said.

Joseph said he believes Freeman has the talent to be very successful, but needs more help from his team.

"I'm biased," Joseph said. "He's my friend, teammate and quarterback. The thing that's going to make Josh the guy is his team."