Josh Freeman is the 20th best QB in the NFL
After last season, one could argue that Bucs QB Josh Freeman was one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL. He tossed 25 touchdowns last season with only six interceptions and led the Bucs to a 10-6 record. But, clearly, he has taken a step back this season. The Bucs are 4-3 and Freeman has thrown seven TDs and 10 interceptions, many deep in opponents' territory. Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter has come out with his quarterback rankings midway through the 2011 NFL season and Freeman is 20th. Freeman is behind QBs such as rookies Cam Newton (Carolina) and Andy Dalton (Cincinnati), as well as the 49ers' Alex Smith. About Freeman, Trotter writes:
I'm a big fan of Freeman's, but he has not played up to his abilities. By his own admission he has forced throws downfield this season, which has contributed to him tying Brees for second-most in the league with 10 interceptions. That's four more than he threw all of last season. The positive: The Bucs are only a half game out of first place. The negative: They're unlikely to stay in contention if he doesn't improve his ball security.
Click here for Trotter's rankings, which are topped by Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady.