Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman: Week 1, at NY Jets.
When Freeman threw to Vincent Jackson Sunday, the results were spectacular – seven catches on 13 targets for 154 yards and close to 12 yards per attempt. The problem was Freeman’s other 21 dropbacks, which netted 39 yards and were littered with numerous inaccurate throws. Take a look at the table above – Freeman found a way to be inaccurate in just about every type of throw imaginable, including misfiring on a couple of screen passes. Doug Martin had a poor game too as a receiver, contributing two of the Bucs’ four drops on the game (Kevin Ogletree had the other two back-to-back on Tampa’s final drive). But Freeman has to play better if he wants a new contract with the team for 2014.
New York Jets
Geno Smith: Week 1, vs. Tampa Bay.
|Dropback||5||39||0||2, 30 yards||2||3|
|Play-Action||0||0||1||1, 15 yards||0||0|
|Total||6||47||1||3, 45 yards||2||3|
It was a wild debut for Smith, who was generally accurate (with the exception of his interception to Lavonte David, which was thrown high across the middle) and exhibited good decision-making when throwing the football. He took some killer sacks in play-action, however, including an 18-yard sack towards the end of the first half in which he willingly ceded two-thirds of those yards by running backwards. Those are the sorts of growing pains all rookie quarterbacks go through, though – if Smith remains as accurate as he was Sunday, he’ll be fine going forward.
Darrelle Revis looked basically like the same guy he was while wearing a Jets uniform, breaking up a couple of dig patterns like he could do it in his sleep (and he probably could). The number of penalties the Bucs committed defensively were staggering – 13 for 102 yards, including five that directly resulted in first downs.