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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
QB Watch: Buccaneers Josh Freeman

By Pat Yasinskas

A weekly analysis of the Buccaneers’ quarterback play.

Rewind: Josh Freeman had another dismal outing in the 16-14 loss to New Orleans. He completed just nine of 22 passes (40.9 percent) for 125 yards with one touchdown, one interception and one lost fumble.

Fast-forward: Freeman has familiarity with the Patriots’ secondary, including former teammate Aqib Talib. The Bucs and Patriots practiced together for two days this summer and played a preseason game. Freeman also could get a boost because it looks like tight end Tom Crabtree might be ready to return from an ankle injury. Through the first two games, the Bucs have completed only two passes to their tight ends.

The circus continues: The steady stream of reports that Freeman and coach Greg Schiano aren’t on the same page is flowing stronger than ever. There even was a report that Freeman is expected to demand a trade out of Tampa Bay. Freeman has said that’s not true. But it’s pretty obvious that all is not right with Freeman and Schiano.

Prediction: Given the way Freeman has played so far, the swirling controversy and Schiano’s obvious lack of trust in his quarterback, it’s hard to imagine Freeman suddenly getting hot against a good team on the road. He might be lucky to hit 200 yards passing.