Newly acquired quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Josh Freeman, didn’t exactly have a great debut with his new team. In fact, it was a pretty bad debut; 20 completions out of 53 attempts, with 16 overthrown balls.
Freeman has now said that nerves might have played a factor during the game this past Monday night against the New York Giants, according to an interview with ESPN.
“Looking back, maybe I was a little too fired up at first,” he said. “There’s definitely a lot of correctable things, things that going into the game I would’ve banked on me being able to complete or get done on the field, but at the same time we weren’t able to do so, so I’m moving forward and just got to find a way to be better prepared.”
It was obvious to pretty much everyone that something was out of whack with Freeman’s throws. It is possible that he had a lot of bad throws because he’s new to the Vikings’ system, however, there could be more to it than that.
“I think with any quarterback, there’s a lot of times where read one, read two, step out of the pocket, moving, there’s just that comfort level when you know where you’re going with the ball and you’re comfortable stepping up in the pocket and getting your feet set,” Freeman said. “Then accuracy goes way up. There were obviously some shots, looking back, I could hit in my sleep, but in the game they were maybe a little high. That made it hard on my guys.”
Only time will tell if Freeman was the right choice for the Vikings as they move forward in the season. However, as of now, the decision isn’t looking too great because he had such a bad debut, and now the team is going back to Christian Ponder for Sunday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers.