Jaws: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Josh Freeman is an ‘Enigma’

Dec 30, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) drops back to pass during second half of the game at the Georgia Dome. The Buccaneers defeated the Falcons 22-17. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports

When you hear the word ‘enigma’, you tend to think positive things. And while ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski was apparently trying to pay the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback a compliment, it didn’t exactly go that way.

Speaking to NFL.com’s Marc Sessler, Jaws said that he believes Freeman is an enigma, citing that there were more problems than positives with the former Kansas State signal caller.

Per Jaws, via Sessler:

ESPN’s Ron Jaworski, cycling through his annual quarterback review, said he saw more questions than answers in Freeman’s play, summing him up as “an enigma.”

During a midseason stretch that saw the Buccaneers go 5-1 last season, “Freeman played with a swagger,” Jaws said. “He was always willing to pull the trigger, attacking all levels of the defense. What I really love was the anticipation.”

Then Freeman tumbled off a cliff. “He was erratic with his accuracy. He had many communication issues with his receivers,” Jaws said.

Jaworski pointed out a disturbing figure: Only Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets had a lower passer rating when facing pressure. That’s when we saw Freeman mightily struggle at reading coverages and making split-second decisions.

Topics: Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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