I figured it was time to start the offseason grading process for all the players from the 2009 Bucs team, and nobody better to start off with then “5.” Raheem Morris refers to him by this name, so I think he is going to be called “5″ on here from now on.
I have been harsh on Josh Freeman many times throughout this season, and while I feel he has a fundamental issue that is uncorrectable (accuracy) he certainly possesses some very good traits as a QB. His height allows him to constantly see over O and D lineman and look down field. This quality can not be overlooked. His arm strength can’t really be questioned either. The combination of the two with some accuracy is a deadly weapon. Without that accuracy, you lead to a QB thinking he can make just about every throw, he can see the receiver and knows he has the arm to get it there, but ends up overthrowing a guy because of that inaccuracy. I also love his ability to step and sideways in the pocket. This is a trait that some of the best QB’s in the league have mastered. It isn’t always about running as it is escaping the rush and stepping up and sideways in the pocket to make throws. Freeman also has shown he can run, throw the ball against his body downfield, and throw the ball downfield.
“5″ had one 300+ yard game, two 250+ yard games, and two 200+ yard games. He threw for more TD’s than INT’s in 3 games. If you take away his two game stretch with 8 INT’s against the Panthers and the Jets, his numbers are much more respectable.
Freeman finished the year with a 54.5% Completion Percentage, 1800 yards, 10 TDs and 18 INTs. He also ran for 161 yards on 30 carries.
Final Grade – C+