Jets DE Mocks Josh FreemanSeptember 6th, 2013
There are all sorts of angles to monitor Sunday when the Bucs travel to the New Jersey Swamplands to face the Jets to open the season. There’s Darrelle Revis, there’s the Bucs’ pass rush, there’s the Bucs secondary, there’s the instability on the Bucs’ offensive line.
And, as usual, there is enigmatic Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman. In his last 15 starts on the road, Freeman is a troubling 4-11. That simply isn’t acceptable if the Bucs hope to play meaningful games in January.
It seems Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is aware of these numbers, and more. Wilkerson, speaking to BSPN New York’s Rich Cimini, all but stated Freeman is soft mentally and thus, is not a concern to him or his fellow Jets defenders.
“We feel like we have a great game plan to get him off his mark and get him uncomfortable,” the veteran defensive end said Wednesday.
Asked if Freeman is vulnerable, Wilkerson nodded his head.
“You see it on film,” he said. “You get him off his mark and get him kind of rattled, and he kind of just makes mistakes on his own. It’s not even so much the defense, it’s just him not being comfortable. If we do that, we should definitely be fine and come out with a victory on Sunday.”
Joe has stated all along that Freeman wilts under pressure, especially in big games. His 6-15 record against teams with winning records documents this disturbing trend, a pattern that must end if the Bucs want to make the postseason. Or perhaps more importantly to Freeman, it must end if he is to be wealthy beyond his dreams.
It’s interesting that a veteran NFLer like Wilkerson, who studies tape and does research much more than Joe, senses the same thing with the Bucs’ starting signal-caller.