The Pats Won Practice; Freeman “Awful”August 15th, 2013
With all the analysis of the Bucs-Patriots practice happenings yesterday, Joe found Pats writer Jonathan Lemons’ notes to offer the most bold takes.
Joe referenced Lemons take note of the Bucs’ tackling work ethic earlier, but below Lemons answered the question Bucs fans ask most often: ‘How did Josh Freeman and the Bucs look?’
The Pats won practice, per Lemons, and No. 5 was “awful.”
1. New England was clearly the better team
In both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, the Patriots first team offense and defense clearly outplayed the Bucs.
2. Josh Freeman looked awful
The biggest disparity in the drills came at quarterback, where Freeman took forever to get rid of the ball and made countless poor decisions. Freeman wasn’t necessarily inaccurate with his throws, he just repeatedly threw to guys who were covered.
Take this 11-on-11 drive for instance:
1st down: Freeman throws easy interception that Steve Gregory lets bounce off his hands.
2nd down: Freeman incomplete to Vincent Jackson
3rd down: Gregory drops another easy interception
4th down: Vincent Jackson burns Kyle Arrington and is wide open for a touchdown downfield but Freeman severely underthrows him and Arrington breaks up the play
Of course, winning an NFL Draft on paper or winning a practice is meaningless. But this is the kind of stuff Bucs fans obsess about in mid-August.
So Freeman had a bad practice. Big deal. He’s had rusty summer days, good summer days, great summer days and bad summer days. It’s the summer version of his Six Flags routine.