Where They Stand Statistically: Josh Freeman

CHARLOTTE NC - SEPTEMBER 19: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drops back to throw a pass against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 19 2010 in Charlotte North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a 2-1 start, and are currently tied with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons atop the NFC South division.

The game of football is a team oriented game, but individual statistics are an important aspect of separating the best players from the rest.

Tampa Bay has plenty of individual talent on their roster, including an overwhelming mass of potential from all the young Bucs on the team, such as rookies Gerald McCoy and Mike Williams.

However, Josh Freeman is arguably their most important player on the roster, and has been a very efficient passer up to this point. Where does he rank compared to some of the elite quarterbacks around the league?

The newest segment on "Bucs Nation", Where They Stand Statistically, will provide our readers with the players' current statistics and how they rank among some of the league leaders in that particular category. I have also incorporated the advanced stats of Football Outsiders to further display where each player ranks.

Passing Statistics

Passing Yards
Leader: Philip Rivers, SD - 1,087
24: Josh Freeman, TB - 544

Passing Touchdowns
Leader: Peyton Manning, IND - 9
T-12: Josh Freeman, TB - 5

Passer Rating
Leader: Peyton  Manning, IND - 116.9
17: Josh Freeman, TB - 84.6

Interceptions
Leader: Brett Favre, MIN - 6
T-16: Josh Freeman, TB - 2

Advanced Passing Statistics according to Football Outsiders

Josh Freeman ranks as the 16th overall quarterback with the following statistics:
DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement): 88
DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average): 4.6%
EYDS (Effective Yards): 569

For more information regarding the FO statistic base, just visit their site at the following link.

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