Minnesota Vikings gave quarterback Josh Freeman the reins to the offense and he went out and completed 20 of 53 passes in a 27-3 loss to the New York Giants. He was held out after that with a concussion and Christian Ponder got another shot at the starting job.
After a gutsy performance and win last week, Ponder earned the starting job for another week. Meanwhile, Freeman is still fighting to show he is worth of the role.
“I’m a competitor,” Freeman said, via the Pioneer Press. “You live to play on Sundays. You don’t live to play throughout the week, although practice is a huge part of it leading up to Sundays. But it’s a role that they’ve placed on me for now, and I’m going to continue to work. And I know the other two guys are going to continue to work, too.”
Freeman was thrust into the offense maybe too quickly. He feels better prepared now that he has had some time with the team.
“It’s just an overall understanding of the offense,” Freeman said. “It was such a narrow focus coming in that first week, and just (about) understanding the exact play. But now (it’s) kind of having a grasp of the entire offense and just specific little notes for each play. It’s allowed me to go relax and play my game a little more. … I’m a lot further ahead than I was.”