Minnesota Vikings

Josh Freeman Reportedly Might Start for Vikings in Week 7

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2013

Well, that didn't take long. The Minnesota Vikings are already considering making a quarterback change.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Josh Freeman could start for the Vikings against the New York Giants Monday night.

 

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com later reported:

Freeman took first team reps in practice Wednesday, according to Chip Scoggins of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

 

In three starts for the Buccaneers in 2013, the veteran signal-caller has 571 yards passing, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

He's also completed 45.7 percent of his passes.

His squabbles with Tampa head coach Greg Schiano became public knowledge, and it became clear their relationship was untenable. That could help to explain some of the reasons for Freeman's struggles in 2013 and recent downturn in his career.

Freeman signed with Minnesota last week from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Glazer reported the team had planned on holding him back for two weeks before handing him starting duties.

 

At 1-4, time is running out on the Vikings if they're going to compete for a postseason spot. Desperation could be sinking in, and they might feel pressured to try something to spark the offense. Minnesota is fourth in the NFC North and 14th in the conference.

Freeman's timetable might also have been moved up as a result of Matt Cassel's two interceptions against the Carolina Panthers. Plenty of people were arguing on Sunday that the Freeman Era should begin sooner rather than later.

Bomani Jones jumped on the bandwagon.

As did Mike Greenberg of Mike and Mike in the Morning.

What could also be weighing on the Vikings' minds is how poor the Giants secondary is. According to Football Outsiders, New York is 28th against the pass. If you're going to unveil a quarterback who's had a little over a week to learn the playbook, you might as well do it against one of the league's worst defenses.

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