- Ben Goessling, ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter
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Coach Leslie Frazier said Freeman will start Sunday night at home against the Green Bay Packers, making him the third Vikings quarterback to start at least two games this season.
Freeman signed a one-year deal with the team Oct. 7, stepping into the starting quarterback role two weeks later, and his lack of experience with his receivers showed in a 23-7 road loss to the previously winless New York Giants.
Freeman connected on just 20 of his 53 passes, becoming the second quarterback in league history to throw for fewer than 200 yards on more than 50 attempts. He overthrew receivers on 16 of his 33 incompletions, according to ESPN Stats & Information; only Tony Romo (against the Giants last year) has overthrown more receivers in the past eight seasons.
Frazier said Freeman's issues had more to do with mechanics than preparation, pointing to a number of throws where the quarterback didn't square his shoulders. In Frazier's eyes, those mistakes are easy to fix.
"The ball kind of sailed on him a few different times, but I don't think it was a lack of preparation," Frazier said.
Frazier said he was not obligated by the front office or the team's ownership to start Freeman but did not commit to the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter for the rest of the season.
"I don't know if I've thought that far ahead," he said.
After missing his receivers throughout his first game as the Minnesota Vikings’ starting quarterback Monday night, Josh Freeman will get another turn as the starter this week.