RandBall: Signed in April, Josh Freeman cut by Giants
- Blog Post by: Michael Rand
- May 30, 2014 - 4:29 PM
Josh Freeman had one of the worst games, either statistically speaking or just from the ol' eye test, that an NFL quarterback has ever had. It was his one start for the Vikings last season after Minnesota picked him up mid-year. It was against the Giants. It was unfair to everyone.
But that didn't stop New York from signing Freeman to a one-year deal in April. They, however, saw enough of Freeman quickly. On Friday, they released him. After OTA's on Thursday, perhaps the writing was on the wall. Per NJ.com:
The pecking order at quarterback during Thursday's OTAs: Manning, Ryan Nassib, Curtis Painter/Josh Freeman. Manning appeared to take every first-team snap. That was somewhat expected, despite ankle surgery last month.
Seeing Nassib as the primary second-team QB was more of a surprise. It seems to indicate that the Giants are going to give last year's fourth-round pick every chance to be Manning's backup this season. If Nassib (who looked shaky on Thursday) doesn't win that job, it's going to be quite an indictment.
Painter is just another guy and Freeman appeared to be little more than the camp arm the Giants were trying to sell him as after they signed him this offseason. During one drill, Freeman lined up the offense incorrectly and the play was never run. He was immediately subbed out, with Painter taking his place.
How Freeman went from being a pretty good up-and-coming QB -- he threw 25 TDs and 6 INTs in 2010! -- to this is truly a mystery.
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