Is The Real Josh Freeman Appearing?August 1st, 2013
There is but one issue that torments Josh Freeman and it could either make him rich enough to own a Caribbean island or Pearl Harbor his career:
When Freeman is on, he’s a top level quarterback. When he’s off and the “Evil Josh” appears, he is woeful.
Last week, the first week of Bucs training camp 2013, Freeman’s accuracy was lousy, including the Bucs’ night practice at the Stadium on Dale Mabry.
Monday, Joe started to notice a change. Freeman had improved from the previous week. Not perfect, but better. Wednesday, Joe didn’t notice Freeman when taking notes. Why? Because nothing negative caught Joe’s eye. A step better. That’s progress.
Today, Thursday, Freeman didn’t take a step ahead. Freeman, instead, jumped forward.
Granted, Joe has not witnessed each and every practice Freeman has participated in throughout his career. And Joe did not see the first few minutes of practice today (Joe was busy posting articles) when, in individual drills, Freeman’s back-shoulder throws were less than precise. But in the large bulk of practice Joe did watch, he has never seen Freeman throw so accurately.
Receivers down the sideline? Right between the numbers. Passes down the middle? Right on the belt buckle. Passes on routes cutting across the middle? Right on the receiver’s hands. Short passes, usually Freeman’s kryptonite, he was hitting running backs as if there were bulls-eyes painted on the front of their jerseys.
The “good Josh” Joe witnessed today was every bit the franchise quarterback the Bucs have hoped Freeman would blossom into some day. He was calm, cool, ran through his progressions, and was deadly accurate.
Joe is not sure if this is a three-practice trend or a peek into the near future. If Freeman can be this accurate on Sundays this fall, this Bucs offense can be scary good.
After the past three practices, those still believing Mike Glennon should start this season ought to be fitted for straightjackets.