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QB Josh Freeman has signed a 1-year deal with the Giants.  The  26-year-old was met with an ice cold free-agent market, which isn't surprising considering how awful he looked last year.  Freeman's completion rate has dropped in 3 straight seasons, bottoming out at 42.9% in 4 games last year.  He'll compete with 2nd-year QB Ryan Nassib for the Giants' backup job behind Eli Manning.

6 months ago

Vikings HC Leslie Frazier said Thursday that QB Josh Freeman (concussion) might practice Friday but definitely won't dress on Sunday.  Freeman suffered a concussion late in the Week 7 loss to the Giants.  Christian Ponder will return to start against the Packers in Week 8.

6 months ago

Vikings QB Josh Freeman has been diagnosed with a concussion.  He reportedly suffered the injury in Monday night’s humiliating loss to the Giants.  Vikings HC Leslie Frazier told the media that his team will “move forward as if he [Freeman] is not playing.”  If that’s the case, Christian Ponder will start Sunday night vs. Green Bay.  While he'll provide an upgrade on Freeman, Ponder is still a poor QB2 option.

Vikings HC Leslie Frazier named QB Josh Freeman his starter for this weekend's game against the Packers.  It says a lot about QBs Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel, who Minnesota obviously wants nothing to do with.  Freeman turned in arguably the worst QB performance of the season on Monday night, completing 20 of 53 passes (37.7%) for 190 yards (3.6 yards per attempt), 0 TDs and 1 INT.  He's not a Week 8 fantasy option.  Hopefully he can string together a few completions to open up some room for RB Adrian Peterson.

6 months ago

QB Josh Freeman will start against the Giants on Monday Night Football.  He’ll take the reins from Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder just 2 weeks after signing with Minnesota.  A matchup with the lowly Giants provides upside for the 25-year-old.  But we’d only consider starting him in 2 QB leagues given Minnesota’s lack of weapons.  Freeman’s grasp of the playbook remains a major question mark, too.  Look for the Vikings to ride Adrian Peterson.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports that the Vikings are "seriously considering" starting QB Josh Freeman against the Giants on Monday night.  The original plan was to give Freeman 2 full weeks to learn the offense, but he's reportedly picked up the system quicker than expected.  Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, QB Christian Ponder will start if Freeman isn't deemed ready.  QB Matt Cassel is out of the picture.  It's a situation to avoid in fantasy, despite a plus matchup.

Vikings HC Leslie Frazier announced Monday that newly signed QB Josh Freeman won’t start Sunday’s game against Carolina.  It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.  Freeman inked a deal late Sunday night, giving him less than 1 week to learn a new playbook.  So with Christian Ponder battling a rib injury, Matt Cassel is expected to receive another start.  Cassel posted 248 yards and 2 TDs last time out against Pittsburgh.  He’s still a shaky QB2 bet against Carolina’s formidable pass rush. 

6 months ago

The Vikings have signed QB Josh Freeman.  It's believed to be a 1-year deal.  The Raiders and Bills were also pursuing the former Buc.  Minnesota has stood behind Christian Ponder as its starter so far this year, but this move is a clear indication that they're not sold on him (or Matt Cassel).  Freeman should get a shot with the Vikings sooner or later.  We wouldn't bother adding him in fantasy leagues, though.  He struggled mightily with Tampa this year, has a new offense to learn and will be doing a lot of handing off if he does get under center.

6 months ago

The Bucs have released QB Josh Freeman.  They attempted to trade him but couldn't find any takers.  We'll see if a team wants to grab him now that he's a free agent.  Freeman remains off the fantasy radar.  Rookie Mike Glennon is locked in as Tampa's starting QB the rest of the way.

The Bucs are "actively shopping" QB Josh Freeman, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.  We don't imagine they'll find much interest.  Besides his shaky play over the last year, Freeman is also due $8.43 million in 2013.  Teams would be better off pursuing him on the free-agent market this winter.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has entered Stage 1 of the NFL's drug program.  According to Mort, Freeman is not in danger of facing suspension and has not necessarily tested positive for any banned substances.  He is subject to random or "reasonable cause" testing, however -- beyond the norm for NFL players.  Guys can apparently be place in the program for various reasons, including behavioral issues.  We don't know any details of what got Freeman into it, but it's just another big red question mark on a guy who looked like a potential Bucs cornerstone as recently as early last season.

6 months ago

Bucs QB Josh Freeman is inactive for today's game against the Cardinals.  He was originally expected to serve as QB Mike Glennon's backup, but Freeman crawled deeper into the doghouse this week when he did a rogue ESPN interview and missed another team meeting.  He obviously has no future in Tampa, but he's also crushing his trade/free-agent value.  

The Bucs have benched QB Josh Freeman and will roll with rookie QB Mike Glennon against the Cardinals this week.  HC Greg Schiano has never been a fan of Freeman, and a brutal start made the decision to pull the plug easier.  Freeman has completed just 46% of his passes with 2 TDs and 3 INTs through 3 games.  His 59.3 passer rating ranks 33rd in the league.  Glennon will now get his shot to prove that he's capable of being Tampa's QB of the future.  The 3rd-rounder completed just 47% of his passes with 3 TDs and 3 INTs this preseason.  He can't be much worse than Freeman, but we're not expecting Glennon to spark the Bucs passing game either.  Expect a run-heavy attack in Week 4 and going forward.

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