- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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It’s early yet, but Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman is looking a lot more like the quarterback he was in 2010 than the one that struggled in 2011.
Part of the reason is he's having success throwing downfield. Freeman has completed 8 of 14 passes of 15 yards or more and is averaging 15.9 yards per attempt in those situations. He also has two touchdowns, one interception and a 99.8 Total QBR in those situations.
Last season, Freeman completed just 37.9 percent of passes in those situations. He averaged 9.5 yards per attempt with three interceptions, seven touchdowns and a 73.3 Total QBR.
The pickup of free-agent receiver Vincent Jackson might be a big part of the reason for Freeman’s improvement. Jackson is tied for the league lead with six receptions on passes that traveled 15 yards or more.