December 16, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 41-0. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Pewter and Read: Buccaneers News and Rumors from Around the Web, July 2nd, 2013

Tuesday is almost over, time for another edition of Pewter and Read…

  • Just like we have been doing here at the Pewter Plank, Athlon Sports has been thinking about the Bucs’ schedule in 2013. Braden Gall provides this breakdown of the schedule, which also includes an interesting observation that the Bucs will face three straight teams with “New” to start their name in the first three weeks.
  • At Bleacher Report, the Josh Freeman discussion rages on. This time,  Zach Kruse chimes in with his opinion, and shows a great deal of confidence in Freeman and has some numbers to prove it. In particular, notice the statistics provided about Freeman’s ability on playaction passes, and how the Bucs healthy offensive line and improve running back should make the playaction even better in 2013.
  • And for more Freeman talk, head over to Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner and read this article from Frank Schwab. The best line, and the one most fans need to take to heart, is “The Buccaneers are an intriguing young team, but only if Freeman is a franchise-type quarterback.” Freeman has to make an impact on the field this year and prove his worth, because the team takes a huge leap backward in 2014 and beyond without Freeman in place as the bona-fide starter.
  • And here is yet another amazing statistic from NFL advanced metric guru Mike Clay over at Pro Football Focus. This week, he introduces oTD for running backs, to measure how well a runner does as compared to his expected touchdown total based on the opportunities he’s given. I won’t try to explain everything in the article, as Clay does a great job, but one thing to draw from the article is that Doug Martin did about as well as he was supposed to do given the carries he was provided. Martin can only improve from here, as this statistic doesn’t show that he under-performed in 2012, nor does it show he put up unrealistic numbers.
That’s it for this edition of Pewter and Read. Join us again tomorrow for more!


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