Since Josh Freeman has been the only one of the Bucs quarterbacks to get any playing time, this slide is really just grading him.
Freeman started the season off by throwing for a whopping 138 yards against Carolina and followed it up with 243 yards the next week. In his second game, he managed 8.68 yards per attempt, but threw two interceptions, one ugly one and one off a desperation pass.
In Week 3, Free had a dismal game, completing just 35.7 percent of his passes. He rebounded the next week with 299 yards and a 61.5 completion percentage.
Those are just the raw stats, and though they provide a basic overview, they do not tell the whole story.
They do not mention how when he throws deep, Freeman completes 57.1 percent of his passes, good for fourth best in the league.
They also do not mention how the Bucs are not passing deep all too much. Sure, they pass deep 11.8 percent of the time, but they also are tied for the fourth fewest pass attempts in the NFL, which makes that 11.8 percen look a whole lot smaller.
Freeman cannot be blamed for how the coaching staff is under-utilizing his strong arm, but he can definitely improve his short passing game. On passes thrown for 1-10 yards in the air, he has a horrendous 41.8 passer rating.
He's doing the best he can in the given situation, yet there is still room for improvement.