Off the Snap: Josh Freeman not fretting hot seat status
Catching you up on the latest must-read news and analysis from around the web….
• Josh Freeman is under the gun in Tampa Bay, as he enters the final year of his contract for a team desperate to reach the playoffs. There’s been no real movement recently on an extension for Freeman, and the Buccaneers drafted Mike Glennon to provide some competition on the depth chart.
Freeman’s approach right now? Whatever happens, happens.
“If I give it the best I’ve got and the Buccaneers say, ‘Ah, we don’t think he can play for us,’ at the end of the year and every other team in the NFL does, and I end up wherever I end up doing whatever, I’ll be content because I’ll know I gave it the best I had,” Freeman said on WDAE-FM, per NFL.com.
Freeman threw a career-high 27 touchdown passes last season, but he also fired 17 interceptions, driving his career INT total to 63 in 56 career starts. Tampa Bay needs Freeman to be much more consistent in the passing game this season … or it appears the franchise will turn elsewhere.
• The Baltimore Ravens cut veteran fullback Vonta Leach last week, and now it appears that Leach may land in Miami. That’s what Dolphins coach Joe Philbin wants, at least.
The Miami Herald reported that Philbin wants “a deal done by the end of the week” with Leach. Such a move would constitute a massive upgrade at fullback for the Dolphins, who currently have Charles Clay and Jorvorskie Lane slotted to compete there.
• Oakland’s defense underwent a complete overhaul this offseason, after allowing the fifth-most points in the league in 2012. One player who could wind up with a large role? Rookie linebacker Sio Moore, a third-round selection out of UConn. According to CBSSports’ Rob Rang, the versatile Moore looks to be an ideal fit for the Raiders’ scheme.
• “Just give me the damn play call.”
Keyshawn Johnson is getting back on the football field, this time as an assistant coach for the Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School team. The ex-NFL star will be in charge of the wide receivers, one of which might be his son, an incoming freshman.
Johnson will continue to work for ESPN, as well — he’s only expected to be at about half of Mission Viejo’s games.
• Not that Matthew Berry (aka The Talented Mr. Roto) needs me to shoot any extra traffic his way, but the fantasy guru this week released his “Draft Day Manifesto 2013″. It is a spectacularly comprehensive guide to fantasy football strategy, and it comes just in time for most of us to start thinking about our leagues.
It tells of 62-year-old Rose Blakelock, a former nurse, who reportedly has at least four clients expecting NFL camp invites this fall.