Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman Has a Long Way to Go

Jun 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) drops back as he works out during mini camp at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has started over 50 games in his NFL career to this point. He still struggled wildly with accuracy and is drawing comparisons to New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez by some when it comes to his ability while under pressure.

The comparison comes from ESPN’s Ron Jaworski, who studied every game Freeman played in a year ago. Jaws came to this conclusion, per Rotoworld:

“When you go play-action, you still have to locate your underneath defenders,” Jaworski noted. “You can’t assume they will not be a factor in coverage. … Freeman threw this ball as if the linebacker wasn’t even there. Freeman is an enigma. He has a lot of talent, but he should be a better quarterback after 56 NFL starts.”

Jaws went on to point out that only Sanchez had a lower passer rating when under pressure last season.

Ouch.

Freeman has all the talent in the world and is only 25 years of age. However, there is a reason the team has still not extended his contract and thought it wise to select Mike Glennon in the 2013 NFL draft.

It’s time for Freeman to start watching over his shoulder. He has everything you want in an NFL quarterback, but now would be the time to eliminate the mental issues and put everything together.

 

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  • arnie

    i don’t know about all that. what i do know Freeman continues to play well, despite the lack of stability from the organization. from day one he’s been on shaky ground, and when they give a solid footing, he excels.