Will the Real Josh Freeman Please Stand Up?

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is a very frustrating quarterback. The Kansas State product has shown the talent and moxy to be one of the league’s best quarterback, but there are times where he plays like a great athlete playing quarterback. Which Freeman will we see in 2013?

Let’s look at his career shall we? Freeman has been great in one season (2010), good in one (2012) and horrible in two (2009 & 2011). Now, we can forgive 2009 because he was a rookie, but 2011 was coming off an amazing season where Freeman threw 3,451 yards and 25 touchdowns with only six interceptions. The following season, he actually threw for more yards (3,592), but had only 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He rebounded last season with over 4,000 yards passing (4,065) with 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, putting him ninth in yards thrown.

Adding Vincent Jackson in 2012 was a huge addition and helps the passing game. Mike Williams is also one of his favorite targets. The Buccaneers are also showing an ability to run the football with impressive rookie Doug Martin. There’s no reason why Freeman cannot take his game to the next level.

The team finished 7-9 in 2012 and hopes to improve upon that this season. Along with a good Freeman, the team’s talented roster should make the Buccaneers a real contender in the NFC South. If bad Freeman rears his ugly head in 2013, however, then the Bucs will be disappointed. There’s talent on this roster, but it is time for this team to take the next steps – much of which will fall on the arm of Freeman.


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