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Troubled but talented signal caller Josh Freeman is the newest member of the New York Giants. The news was initially broken by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, and since confirmed by Freeman’s agent Erik Burkhardt (Select Sports Group). The deal is reportedly for one year.
Blessed with starter level physical talent — 6’6 with a rocket arm and mobility — Freeman will have to prove he’s mentally up for the challenge. His decision making, both on and off the field, is in serious need of refinement.
Freeman made his lone start for the Vikings in the Meadowlands on October 21st, completing 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards and an interception. He finished the game with a historically dreadful 6.1 QB rating, and his PFF pass grade that evening was -11.0.
Assuming Eli Manning doesn’t suffer a setback in his recovery, Freeman will battle for the backup quarterback spot with second-year Syracuse product Ryan Nassib. His inclusion on the 53-man roster in September is far from etched in stone, but upside is forever tempting.