Josh Freeman TBB -QBstarting job safe... for now
The Bucs aren't sold on Josh Freeman as their franchise QB. They selected former N.C. State QB Mike Glennon in the 3rd round. But insider Scott Reynolds doesn't believe Glennon is a threat to Freeman this year. "Glennon has to overcome some accuracy issues at the next level and is probably two years away from really being ready to line up under center in the NFL," Reynolds writes. Reynolds only expects Glennon to push Dan Orlovsky for backup duties. Freeman will be the starter in his contract year. His performance in 2013 will dictate whether the Bucs keep him around or hand the reins over to Glennon in 2014.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBcoach expects 'great' year
Buccaneers HC Greg Schiano told The Tampa Tribune that he expects a "great" year out of QB Josh Freeman. Schiano pointed out that 10 of Freeman's 17 INTs for the season came in just 3 games. That included a pair of 4-INT outings within the final 3 games. Schiano is eager to talk to Freeman about the causes for those lapses and believes that the still-young QB is ready to "catapult to where he wants to go." We're still skeptical of Freeman's fantasy football value in 2013. He only reached 250 yards 7 times in 16 games and threw 3 TD passes 4 times. The talent is there, but the accuracy isn't.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBwill face competition in 2013
From a statistical standpoint, Bucs QB Josh Freeman had a wildly successful 2012. He set franchise records for passing yards (4,065) and TDs (27) in a season. He added 139 rushing yards to finish 13th among QBs in fantasy points. But Freeman's accuracy and decision-making were inconsistent. His 54.8% completion rate ranked 32nd among QBs with at least 200 attempts. Freeman also turned it over 19 times (17 INTs and 2 fumbles). According to insider Rick Stroud, the Bucs will not extend Freeman's rookie deal this offseason. And they're planning to bring in competition at the position -- either through the draft or free-agency. While Freeman is still a virtual lock to enter 2013 as Tampa's starter, there are no guarantees beyond that. Remember that HC Greg Schiano didn't draft Freeman and has no allegiance to him.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBneeds to adjust to new offense
Bucs QB Josh Freeman will be operating in a completely new offensive system under OC Mike Sullivan this year. While former OC Greg Olson's offense gave routes names, Sulluivan's offense identifies them by numbers. It's a completely different language. On top of that, "Sullivan's system includes post-snap route adjustments based on what the defense does," insider Rick Stroud writes. "It's kind of different. You can't really compare the two [different offenses]," Freeman said. "But at the same time, football is football. There are some similar concepts. In one offense, you have different reads. In the other offense, you have different reads. It's just a matter of learning the rules, trusting what you see and going out and executing." Freeman has struggled in preseason action so far, completing just 53% of his passes and averaging 4.1 yards per attempt. Expect some struggles early on. And in a run-first attack, Freeman is just a fantasy backup anyways.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBpleasing new Bucs coaching staff
Pro Football Weekly reports that the Bucs are "encouraged by the dedication and attention to detail" they've seen from QB Josh Freeman this offseason and that they "are confident that they have created an environment Freeman will make major strides in." The team has obviously tried to build up the offense with the free-agent signings of WR Vincent Jackson and OG Carl Nicks as well as the drafting of RB Doug Martin. There have also been consistently strong reviews of Freeman's work. We'd like to see him turn things around, because the physical upside is certainly there. Just don't expect starter-level fantasy numbers. The Bucs figure to go run-heavy under HC Greg Schiano, and Freeman must reprove himself after a crappy 2011 as a passer. Until further notice, he's a fantasy backup with upside.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBdown 20 pounds
Bucs GM Mark Dominik revealed that QB Josh Freeman has shed 20 pounds this offseason. It has him down in the 235 range. "He's getting his body right, working on getting more mobility and better conditioned and buying in, heart and soul, to how and what Mike Sullivan is and wants to be as offensive coordinator," Dominik said. Freeman took a giant step back last year, tossing just 16 TDs vs. 22 INTs. He posted a ridiculous 25:6 TD-to-INT ratio the previous season. Freeman's ability falls somewhere between those two extremes. Working in his favor this year will be the additions of OG Carl Nicks and WR Vincent Jackson. On the downside, new HC Greg Schiano is known for deploying extremely run-heavy offenses. Freeman looks like a fantasy backup at a deep position.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBactive, starting
Bucs QB Josh Freeman (shoulder) is active and starting against the Jaguars today. With a good matchup but a bad throwing wing, Freeman is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy option.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBhad a setback Friday
Bucs QB Josh Freeman revealed that he suffered a "minor setback" with his right shoulder on Friday. He didn't finish practice. Freeman said on Saturday that he was feeling better, but he's a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Jaguars. "The arm is still in some pain, but it feels better than it did last week," Freeman said Saturday. "I'm hoping it feels okay to play." Despite a plus matchup, Freeman will be a risky fantasy option if he ends up playing. If not, QB Josh Johnson would draw the start and be an intriguing option in 2-QB leagues.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBquestionable, expected to play
Bucs QB Josh Freeman (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He was officially limited in practice on Thursday and Friday, but he threw quite a bit. "He went out there and practiced today and looked good," HC Raheem Morris said Friday. "He threw the ball a lot more." Freeman is expected to start against Jacksonville this weekend. There's upside here in a plus matchup, but Freeman's bum shoulder also makes him plenty risky.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBthrows extensively on Thursday
Bucs QB Josh Freeman (shoulder) was officially listed as limited in Thursday's practice, but he threw the most since he has since suffering the injury 2 weeks ago. He threw "live, full-speed passes during first-team offensive drills," according to the Bucs' official website. “He went out there and threw the ball, was pretty productive," HC Raheem Morris said. "He felt pretty good.” We'll have to see how Freeman's shoulder responds on Friday, but it looks like he has a good shot to play against the Jaguars this weekend.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBhasn't thrown yet this week
Bucs QB Josh Freeman (shoulder) has thrown yet this week but did say that he feels better than he did last Wednesday. Freeman also called it a "realistic goal" to play against the Jaguars this weekend. We'll continue to update his status over the next few days. Despite a plus matchup, Freeman will be a risky fantasy option if he does end up playing.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBinactive
As expected, Bucs QB Josh Freeman (shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Panthers. QB Josh Johnson makes his first start since 2009.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBwon't play Week 13
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bucs QB Josh Freeman (shoulder) will not play against the Bucs today. He didn't practice much this week and was considered a game-time decision. He must have not felt right in pregame warmups. QB Josh Johnson will start in Freeman's place. He's still raw as a passer but is intriguing because of his rushing ability. In 4 starts back in 2009, he threw for just 649 yards with 4 TDs and 8 INTs, but also ran for 133 yards. Johnson gets a favorable draw today against a sub-par Panthers defense, but we'd still only consider him a fantasy option in 2-QB leagues. The news also makes WR Mike Williams a riskier fantasy play.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBa GTD for Week 13
Bucs QB Josh Freeman (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. HC Raheem Morris confirmed that he'll be a game-time decision. We're expecting Freeman to play after he was able to resume throwing on Friday, but we'll find out his official status around noon ET on Sunday. At less than 100%, though, Freeman isn't a recommended fantasy start.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBthrows on Friday
Bucs QB Josh Freeman (shoulder) threw passes on Friday for the 1st time all week. His shoulder is still being evaluated by team doctors. Bucs OC Greg Olson says Freeman has progressed throughout the week, and Freeman himself said that he could have even played on Wednesday. He'll likely be listed as questionable on the injury report later today, but we're expecting him to start Sunday's game against the Panthers. That being said, he'll be a risky fantasy option with a bum throwing shoulder.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBstill not throwing Thursday
Bucs QB Josh Freeman (shoulder) was unable to throw again on Thursday. He's doing everything else in practice though -- a sign that Tampa still hopes he'll be able to play this weekend. "He's got to go out and execute the game plan," HC Raheem Morris said. "If he can exeucte the game plan and give us the best chance to win, he'll play." Freeman continues to track towards being a game-time decision. But with a bum throwing shoulder, he'll be a risky fantasy option.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBhas shoulder injury
Bucs QB Josh Freeman suffered a right (throwing) shoulder injury on the last play of Sunday's game against the Titans. He was officially limited in Wednesday's practice but didn't throw at all. The team is calling him day-to-day and a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Panthers. If Freeman can't go, the ultra-athletic Josh Johnson would start. We'll continue to update Freeman's status as we learn more. His owners should be making other plans for this weekend though.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBhas thumb injury
Bucs QB Josh Freeman suffered a thumb injury on his right (throwing) hand during the team's Week 7 win over the Bears. He's wearing a brace on the thumb, but a team spokesman says the injury is minor, and Freeman hasn't shown any ill-effects in practice. He isn't listed on the team's Week 9 injury report and is fully expected to play against the Saints this Sunday. It's worth monitoring, but we're not lowering Freeman in our rankings.
Josh Freeman TBB -QBwas affected by thumb injury
Bucs QB Josh Freeman admitted that his thumb injury and lack of practice time impacted his play in Week 1. "Obviously, there's an element of anxiety not having played for about three weeks and getting about one week of practice — not even real reps," Freeman said. Despite the ailment, Freeman had a solid day, posting 182 yards and 2 scores. He should be back to 100% for Week 2. With an emerging WR in Mike Williams, Freeman could emerge as a decent QB2 this year.
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