Jeff Griffith-US PRESSWIRE
Simply put, the Bucs' quarterbacks have not delivered this preseason. When you factor in the considerable talent upgrade this year's group has over previous seasons, it is troubling to say the least.
In particular, starter Josh Freeman has not looked like a fourth-year signal-caller at all. He continues to stare down his targets and for whatever reason, still comes off as timid, hesitant and indecisive at times.
All of which has many people wondering, "what happened to the 2010 version of Josh Freeman?" You know, the one that threw for 3,400-plus yards, 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
So far, Freeman has completed just eight of 15 pass attempts for 62 yards and one touchdown, which again sounds more like a rookie quarterback stat line, rather than one entering his fourth season in the league and third as a starter.
Yes, it's only the preseason and his participation thus far has been limited, no doubt. But in his two brief stints, he has not looked right. Plain and simple.
Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that starters may stay in the game until the second half, which means Freeman will have plenty of opportunities to redeem himself and calm many of the anxieties that Bucs fans have about their quarterback.
Note: Backup quarterbacks Dan Orlovsky and Brett Ratliff have combined to complete 17-of-26 pass attempts for 159 yards, but have yet to add a scoring toss.