Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman had the sort of debut this past Monday that made you wonder if he would see the field again this season.
Freeman completed 20-of-53 passes for 190 yards (one interception and no touchdowns) during a 23-7 loss against the New York Giants. His passer rating was a ridiculous 40.6, and Freeman’s accuracy was nonexistent. As a result of his struggles, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rushed 13 times for 28 yards, and his longest carry was 8-yards.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier could start Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel against the Green Bay Packers this weekend, but announced he would stick with Freeman during a press conference on Tuesday.
Coach Frazier: Josh Freeman will start on Sunday night against the Packers.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 22, 2013
It appears Minnesota is determined to give Freeman every chance to succeed – or fail – before deciding if the franchise needs to acquire another quarterback this offseason. Sure, Freeman has only been in Minnesota for a few weeks, but he is getting paid $3 million (over $6 million by Tampa Bay) this season to make the throws he missed against New York, regardless of his playbook knowledge.
Freeman will have another chance to redeem himself this weekend, but if looks like the same quarterback everybody saw this past Monday, Frazier must decide how long he can take watching his new passer struggle.
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