Ponder to Step in for Concussed Josh Freeman

Josh Freeman stuck on the sideline again for Week 8

Josh Freeman stuck on the sideline again for Week 8

The drama continues in Minnesota as Christian Ponder will likely make the Week 8 start over Josh Freeman. Strangely, Ponder will get the start not because of Freeman’s hideous performance on Monday Night Football, but because Freeman is suffering from a concussion.

On Monday night, Freeman had the lowest completion percentage in a game with 40 or more passing attempts (37.7%) since Eli Manning against the Redskins in 2007 (34%)!

Even after that historic poor performance, Leslie Frazier gave the nod to Freeman to start again until he learned about the concussion. It appears that everyone in Minnesota including Frazier, is waiting for Freeman to rekindle some of his magic from last year when he threw for more than 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns.

 

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Ponder to Step in for Concussed Josh Freeman

Josh Freeman stuck on the sideline again for Week 8

Josh Freeman stuck on the sideline again for Week 8

The drama continues in Minnesota as Christian Ponder will likely make the Week 8 start over Josh Freeman. Strangely, Ponder will get the start not because of Freeman’s hideous performance on Monday Night Football, but because Freeman is suffering from a concussion.

On Monday night, Freeman had the lowest completion percentage in a game with 40 or more passing attempts (37.7%) since Eli Manning against the Redskins in 2007 (34%)!

Even after that historic poor performance, Leslie Frazier gave the nod to Freeman to start again until he learned about the concussion. It appears that everyone in Minnesota including Frazier, is waiting for Freeman to rekindle some of his magic from last year when he threw for more than 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns.

 

Josh Freeman Takes Charge in Minnesota

Josh Freeman ready to lead the Vikes against the Giants

Josh Freeman ready to lead the Vikes against the Giants

Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman has the opportunity to impress his new organization against a subpar New York Giants pass defense during Week 7’s Monday night football matchup. Freeman is the new starter and has an easily exploitable opponent to help get him acclimated during Week 7.

Freeman beat out Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder for the starting job, even though the Vikings were expected to wait a few weeks to let him get used to their offense. However, head coach Leslie Frazier said that Freeman looked fluent in the team’s offense during a scout team session following practice on Wednesday.

Expect Freeman to put up solid numbers, while facing off against an easily penetrable Giants defense. The G-Men currently rank 27th in team defense allowing 2,348 total yards through 6 games. They also allow 268 passing yards per contest, putting them 20th in that category.

Freeman has a decent receiving corps led by Greg Jennings, while also featuring rookie Cordarrelle Patterson and veteran Jerome Simpson. The Giants will have to set up for the run to limit Adrian Peterson’s production, giving Freeman more of an ability to beat them through the air.

Josh Freeman has plenty to prove after being benched and eventually released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this season. This is a great opportunity for Freeman to put up solid QB2 numbers and retain the starting job going forward in Minnesota.

 

Troubled Josh Freeman Signs with Minnesota

Josh Freeman gets second chance in Minnesota

Josh Freeman gets second chance in Minnesota

Despite all the trash talking out of Tampa, it didn’t take troubled quarterback Josh Freeman long to find a new job.

He signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings just a few days after his release from the Buccaneers.

The current Vikings starter is Christian Ponder who is dealing with a rib issue and his backup is Matt Cassel.

It’s too early to tell where Freeman will fall into the mix, but he’s by far the most talented quarterback on the roster now.

He may not start right away, but it’s very unlikely that Minnesota signed him just to ride the bench.

NFL Week 5 Buzzer Beater from the Man Cave

The Sporting Guy dishes out last minute performance and injury advice heading into Week 5 across the National Football League. There are several injury concerns surrounding several key players including Rob Gronkowski, Rashad Jennings, Josh Freeman and Zac Stacy.

Buccaneers Send Josh Freeman Packing – Get Nothing in Return

Bucs get nothing in return and still owe Freeman $6.25 million

Bucs get nothing in return and still owe Freeman $6.25 million

If You Want to Trade a quarterback, Don’t Trash Him First. That should be words to live by for the Tampa Buccaneers organization that released Josh Freeman today getting absolutely nothing in return. (SHOCKER!!)

The genius front office in Tampa still has to shell out $6.25 million to the troubled quarterback after they conducted one of the better smear campaigns in recent NFL history.

Despite all of his erratic behavior problems, Freeman is at least a top-25 quarterback and should land a backup job somewhere in the league. Whichever team decides to sign him, will have to deal with a media circus coming to town. However, the 25-year-old still has enough quarterback talent left to be worth the initial trouble.

Mike Glennon Era Ready Roll in Tampa

In a somewhat surprising move, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced rookie, Mike Glennon, as their new starting quarterback this week. With Josh Freeman struggling and seemingly in a rift with head coach, Greg Schiano, Schiano and team management decided Freeman was out. Glennon will have a chance to put a stranglehold on the job this week against a sub par Arizona Cardinals defense.

The Bucs selected in the third round of this year’s NFL draft out of NC State. He stands at 6’ 7” and weighs 225 lbs, fitting the mold of the NFL’s prototypical pocket passer. In his four years at NC State, Glennon spent time backing up Russell Wilson and led the Wolfpack to two bowl wins as the starter. He also threw for 4,031 yards and 31 touchdowns during his senior year.

Facing the Arizona Cardinals this week, Glennon could provide quarterback help for fantasy owners looking to replace Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton this week. But it’s a risky move for any rookie make his first start. Glennon’s start is further complicated by the fact that Tampa could be missing its top two receivers, Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.

While injuries may affect Williams and Jackson in the short term, this quarterback change should come as a relief to fantasy owners of either receiver. Both have been somewhat productive, but neither has performed at the level expected of them before the year began – a large factor being the horrible play of Freeman.

If Glennon shows a spark, fantasy owners could see a boost in fantasy production for both Jackson and Williams.

Don’t Bank on Receiver Vincent Jackson Week 4

Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead wide receiver Vincent Jackson should not be counted on for a strong performance against the Arizona Cardinals this week. Jackson’s rib injury, a new starting quarterback and a tough opposing cornerback will all be problematic for the talented receiver.

Jackson is in for a tough game against the Cardinals, and will have a tough time dealing with standout defensive back Patrick Peterson. Peterson has established himself as a shutdown corner, and has the ability to limit Jackson, especially while dealing with a rib injury.

To make matters worse, quarterback Josh Freeman has been benched. Jackson will have to quickly get acclimated with rookie replacement Mike Glennon in time for Sunday, just four days after the announcement of Tampa’s decision to make the switch.

Jackson has played well putting up decent numbers with 265 yards off of 15 receptions in his first 3 games. All of this despite his team’s 31st ranking in passing yards. However, he has many obstacles in his way in order to be successful in Week 4, decreasing his fantasy value significantly.

Eventually his bruised ribs will heal, and he should build good rapport with quarterback Mike Glennon, but the timetable for this situation to improve is still quite uncertain. Think of Jackson as a low-end wide receiver #2 if he is able to suit up on Sunday.

 

 

Josh Freeman Self-Destructing Again in Tampa

Clueless in Tampa - Josh Freeman just doesn't get it

Clueless in Tampa – Josh Freeman just doesn’t get it

After a sloppy week 1 loss to the New York Jets, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman is already in jeopardy of losing his job. To be fair, it’s only been one week, but his on-field troubles are now coupled with off-field issues, which certainly won’t help Freeman lock down a franchise quarterback contract from the Bucs next season.

What happens when your quarterback misses the team photo? You guessed it; one unhappy head coach. Freeman “overslept” this week when the rest of his team convened to take their full team photo, and head coach Greg Schiano seemingly did not take kindly to it.

After the players voted for team captains this week, Freeman was not included after captaining the team for the past 3 seasons. Many think Schiano manipulated the voting himself as an act of revenge for missing the teams photo. Schiano naturally denied the claim, but with his past of having a fiery personality and strict program, it would not surprise many.

Supporters of Freeman say he isn’t surrounded with enough talent and is given a very plain game-plan. Others say Freeman doesn’t have what it takes to be a franchise quarterback. Whatever the problem is, the Buccaneers are an extremely talented team and should perform much better than they did during week 1.

Who knows, maybe Freeman truly wasn’t elected a captain because his teammates don’t look to him as a leader. What we do know is that Freeman needs to perform like he did towards the end of last season and buy an alarm clock if he wants to keep his job.

Draft Zone: 3rd Ranked Running Back – Buccaneers Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Doug Martin is the 3rd ranked running back in this year’s fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 2, he’s likely to be taken with the one of the top two picks in all fantasy draft formats.

Martin had one of the best rookie seasons ever last season rushing for 1,454 yards with 11 touchdowns to go along with 49 receptions for 472 yards and one touchdown. He compiled the third most yards from scrimmage ever by a rookie with 1,926 yards behind only Edgerrin James and Eric Dickerson.

While his 2012 stats are very impressive, Martin showed some inconsistency last season. He went bananas during Week 9 against Oakland when he ran for 251 yards and 4 touchdowns. During the following week against the Chargers, he ran 19 times for only 68 yards and never got into the end zone. Martin had a knack for punishing bad teams and falling short against teams that had a rugged run defense.

Martin will see a significant amount of the Tampa’s offense run through him, especially if quarterback Josh Freeman continues his sporadic play. Fantasy owners should also note that Tampa Bay has one of the top offensive lines in the NFL this season. If the line stays healthy, Martin should post numbers similar to last year.

Doug Martin is one of the only running backs in the NFL who will not be sharing carries this season. He is well worth the second pick in fantasy drafts and has the potential to finish the season as the best fantasy running back.