Aug 16, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) talks with wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) on the sideline during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

No Josh Freeman In Final Preseason Game Represents A Missed Opportunity

Through three games Josh Freeman‘s preseason has not been one to remember. He has yet to find a rhythm with his receivers, he’s yet to look comfortable in the pocket, and he’s yet to have even a complete drive that makes us think he’s in for the big year we are all hoping for.

Well, the chance to change all of this will have to wait just one more week. Freeman and Coach Schiano have both made it clear that #5 will not see any action in tonight’s final preseason game with the Redskins.

I for one am not thrilled with this decision. I’m not asking for much, maybe a series or two with the first team receivers on the field with him. The benefit of getting Freeman a little bit of in-game confidence could really go a long way heading in to next weekend.

The fear of injury is understandable. And I’m not one to say I wouldn’t be the first to be second guessing the decision if Josh, Vincent or Mike ended up getting hurt. But for me, the gable is worth it.

There’s really no truly positive film on Freeman this entire preseason. There are some throws or decisions he made that were good, but nothing really great. Here’s a chance to go out, run a few plays, and try to put one or two solid plays together. Get the positive juices flowing and gain some real confidence that no one can deny rather than all this “we’ve been good when you aren’t watching” stuff.

I’m not upset that Josh won’t be on the field, because the worst possible scenario can’t possibly happen tonight, but the Buccaneers are wasting an opportunity to take one more shot. It’s a lot like the kneel down at the end of a half. You don’t like it, but you certainly understand it.

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