How Much Will Josh Freeman Improve?April 1st, 2012
Over the years, Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik always talked about getting “toys” for quarterback Josh Freeman.
A big, shiny toy was delivered last month when Dominik shelled out a lot of cash to grab a legitimate No. 1 receiver in Vincent Jackson.
This transaction has moved many Bucs fans to wonder aloud if the Bucs offense now becomes lethal. That question was posed to ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas in a recent NFC South chat on the four-letter’s site.
With Vincent Jackson, how much does Freeman improve?
A lot. He’s got a WR that can get open downfield. Should make the entire offense better.
Freeman may have summed up an opposing defensive coordinator’s predicament in planning for the Bucs when Freeman said to Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan of “Movin’ the Chains,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, “With Mike [Williams], defenses always rolled coverages to him. With [Jackson] lining up for us, now what do they do?”
The key to Freeman’s success is simple: cut down on the picks. Having a target like Jackson should allow more receivers to get open, thus, Freeman shouldn’t be forcing passes into traffic like he did last season.