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Jets' Wilkerson: We can rattle Freeman

The Jets think Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman can be "rattled" into making mistakes Sunday.


The Jets think Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman can be "rattled" into making mistakes Sunday.



The Jets may be starting a rookie quarterback Sunday in Geno Smith.

But the Jets believe it's the Bucs' oft-critcized quarterback, Josh Freeman, that can be "rattled" into making mistakes Sunday.

"We feel like we have a great game plan to get him off his mark and get him uncomfortable," veteran defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson told ESPN's Rich Cimini Wednesday.
Wilkerson thinks Freeman, whose 39 interceptions over the past two seasons are more than Mark Sanchez, is vulnerable.

"You see it on film," he said. "You get him off his mark and get him kind of rattled, and he kind of just makes mistakes on his own. It's not even so much the defense, it's just him not being comfortable. If we do that, we should definitely be fine and come out with a victory on Sunday."

Meanwhile Bucs coach Greg Schiano remains confident in Freeman.

“I just believe in him, and that’s why," Schiano said. "I see it out there; I see the preparation, the way he’s going through it, and I’ve seen him do it. So if you’ve done it before, and you’re really focused right now, I believe it’ll happen again in games where we’re game-planning.

"I think, without a doubt, Josh is much better when he can lock in on a particular defense [rather] than just have a whole bunch of stuff going on, because it’s an intricate offense. And when you lock it in, and these are the things we’re doing this week for this opponent – and sometimes as coaches, we make the wrong choices, don’t get me wrong; we pick the wrong stuff to run, and usually that’s not a great looking picture. But as long as we’ve done our job and picked a lot of the right stuff, I think he’ll execute it very well."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 5, 2013 1:19pm]


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