Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Josh Freeman Must be Solid Out of Gate to Keep Starting Job
Along with two other teams in the NFC South, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2012 NFL season with a record of only 7-9 and outside the picture for the postseason. They were hoping for a breakout season as a franchise, but instead enjoyed more of an individual breakout season from their rookie running back, Doug Martin, who tore through the competition in his first season in the league.
Now there’s another rookie on the Bucs roster that is looking to make some noise and to have a breakout season for Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers drafted quarterback Mike Glennon in the third round of this year’s draft and he already seems poised to become a player that is going to make serious noise in Tampa.
Reports from earlier this week said that Glennon was already threatening to take the starting job from incumbent starter Josh Freeman, but those reports have been dispelled by the coaching staff. However, the early reports do indicate that Glennon has been impressive thus far in rookie camp and is looking like someone who can do some damage. This means that Freeman will likely have a much shorter leash this season.
Last year has to be characterized as a disappointment for Freeman. After coming on strong in 2010 and at the end of the 2011 season, he submitted a relative stinker in 2012. He completed just 54.8 percent of his passes, the lowest mark since his rookie season, and threw 17 INTs. He did throw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns, but he wasn’t nearly as impressive as many projected him to be.
He’s going to have to play up to expectations this coming year, though, or his starting job may not be his much longer. This is a league that has time and again shown the value of having a franchise quarterback. Based on last season when he was supposed to make the leap, Freeman may not be that guy. If he doesn’t show the organization otherwise, Glennon may very likely get the chance to show if he’s their franchise guy.
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