Don't Sleep on Freeman As a Productive Rookie QB

Aaron ShawContributor IDecember 1, 2009

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 15:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drops back to pass against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Buccaneers 25-23.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Despite playing for a team that currently has a record of 1-10 on the season, one can’t over-look the progression that Josh Freeman has had as a rookie QB for Tampa. Recently in the prior Sunday road game, Josh Freeman went 20 of 29 for 250 yards passing and 2 TD’s. Only 9 passes went unaccounted for on the entire day coming from rookie QB Freeman.

In the four games started, Freeman has made 69 completions of 125 attempts for 793 yards 7 TD’s and 5 INTS for a 76.5 QB rating. Not his fault to have such a small percentage when you look at the individual in game accomplishments that Freeman has had on the season. To only have played a total of 5 games and already have about 800 yards passing is saying a lot for a rookie QB in the league as of now. He is still the leagues must efficient red zone leader going 8 of 14 passing and 5 TD’s with a 106 rating. He also provides assurance when trailing being 15 for 22 passing for a 142 passer rating and for the first time in 2 seasons have the Bucs been able to put up first quarter numbers as Freeman is 11of 21 passing with 2 TD’s and a 107 passer rating.

I’m sure that Freeman had more time in the pocket and more options as experienced possession receivers are concerned then the odds would be in favor of the 6’6” 248 lb rookie QB. We must remember that this up coming game against the Panthers this Sunday will only be his 5th start on the season as a first round draft pick for the Bucs.