July 28, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws the ball during training camp at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Andy Dalton? The combination of Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker? Matt Schaub? Carson Palmer? All of these quarterbacks are ranked higher than Josh Freeman, or so says Ryan Van Bibber in his latest (and last) position rankings. Here's what he had to say about Freeman:
Josh Freeman cruised through the 2010 season, throwing 25 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions, setting up big expectations for his third year. Tampa Bay collapsed under the weight of those expectations, but there were positive signs from Freeman, who still managed to throw for 3,592 yards and complete nearly 63 percent of his passes. The 22 interception stood in stark contrast to he prior season. Tampa Bay loaded up on talent this year, which should help Freeman get back to the pace he set in his second season.
The contrast between the 2010 season and the 2011 season remains incredible. Which Freeman will we see this year? My money is on a quarterback closer to the 2010 version now that Vincent Jackson's in town, though you shouldn't expect a high number of attempts this year: the Bucs plan on running the ball, a lot.