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Josh Freeman enters Dolphins camp with humility

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Dolphins quarterback Josh Freeman was told by another coach to just keep stacking good days on top of one another.

Entering what might be his final NFL chance in Miami, he's trying to do just that while proving to head coach Joe Philbin that the team needs an experienced third-string quarterback behind Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore.

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"I'm coming into it with a very humble mentality, a beginner's mentality," Freeman told the team's website. "Coach Bill Lazor's offense is one that I'm not really that experienced in. At the same time, quarterback is what I've always done and I have a lot of confidence in myself as a quarterback. At the same time, you come into it with a beginner's mentality and just work (your) butt off."

At this point, Freeman, a 2009 first-round pick, is just trying to make it into training camp. He was let go by the Giants at the end of May last year and hasn't seen a realistic chance at playing again ever since.

In some ways it's difficult to see Freeman here, especially after a Pro Bowl-worthy season in 2010 and a strong follow-up in 2012 where he hurled 27 touchdown passes and racked up 4,065 yards.

A noisy fallout with then-head coach Greg Schiano serving as the only perceived mark against him, Freeman certainly deserves a chance to show that he's still a quarterback on the rise. It was nearly impossible for him to do so in Minnesota given how he was punted into the fire with little knowledge of the playbook and forced to throw 53 times in his final start.

Given the lack of capable quarterbacks in the NFL right now, there's no reason why Freeman, who many believed was a better prospect than Mark Sanchez, shouldn't be able to work his way back one good day at a time.

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