Josh Freeman Reportedly Might Start for Vikings in Week 7
Well, that didn't take long. The Minnesota Vikings are already considering making a quarterback change.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Josh Freeman could start for the Vikings against the New York Giants Monday night.
Vikings are seriously considering starting Josh Freeman this weekend— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 16, 2013
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com later reported:
Source: If the #Vikings can get Josh Freeman ready to go this week, prepared with their plays to their satisfaction, he'll be the starter.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2013
#Vikings plan was to give Josh Freeman last week to take it all in, then accelerate this week. They loved him predraft, & are impressed now— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2013
Vikings don't want to put Josh Freeman out there when he's not ready, however. If they can't get him prepared, Christian Ponder will start— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2013
Freeman took first team reps in practice Wednesday, according to Chip Scoggins of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
Josh Freeman is taking first team reps in individual work.— chipscoggins (@chipscoggins) October 16, 2013
In three starts for the Buccaneers in 2013, the veteran signal-caller has 571 yards passing, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Should Josh Freeman start in Week 7 against the Giants?
He's also completed 45.7 percent of his passes.
His squabbles with Tampa head coach Greg Schiano became public knowledge, and it became clear their relationship was untenable. That could help to explain some of the reasons for Freeman's struggles in 2013 and recent downturn in his career.
Originally plan was for Freeman to learn the offense for 2 weeks but right now they are pushing to put him in this game— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 16, 2013
At 1-4, time is running out on the Vikings if they're going to compete for a postseason spot. Desperation could be sinking in, and they might feel pressured to try something to spark the offense. Minnesota is fourth in the NFC North and 14th in the conference.
Freeman's timetable might also have been moved up as a result of Matt Cassel's two interceptions against the Carolina Panthers. Plenty of people were arguing on Sunday that the Freeman Era should begin sooner rather than later.
Bomani Jones jumped on the bandwagon.
matt cassel just brought the vikings a step closer to the josh freeman era.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) October 13, 2013
As did Mike Greenberg of Mike and Mike in the Morning.
What could also be weighing on the Vikings' minds is how poor the Giants secondary is. According to Football Outsiders, New York is 28th against the pass. If you're going to unveil a quarterback who's had a little over a week to learn the playbook, you might as well do it against one of the league's worst defenses.
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