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Freeman: 'It's been a smooth adjustment'

Posted by: Chip Scoggins under Vikings players, Vikings quarterbacks Updated: October 16, 2013 - 2:33 PM

Josh Freeman spoke briefly with reporters in the locker room after being named the starting quarterback.

Signed last Sunday, Freeman said he's spent a lot of time at Winter Park getting up to speed on the Vikings offense. Asked if he feels like he will be adequately prepared Monday night against the New York Giants, Freeman said, "No question."

"I have a pretty good grasp of the offense," he said. "The main thing last week was just trying to work on some of the differences in terminology. But I’ve got three years of college and kind of a mixture the first few years in the NFL with this exact offense so it’s coming along pretty quickly. At the end of the day, football is football."

Freeman credited his coaches and teammates for making a potentially awkward situation a "smooth adjustment."

"It really hasn’t been that difficult," he said. "It’s been an opportunity to come in here and just focus on football."

Freeman endured a messy and public divorce from Tampa Bay. He was asked if he's approaching this new opportunity with a "chip on his shoulder" to prove that he can become an elite NFL quarterback.

"That’s a lot of the underlying questions that I've been getting from a lot of people," he said. "Do I have a chip on my shoulder? Sure I do. But I think it’s more deeply rooted than just the past six months, 12 months. It’s just wanting to go out and wanting to be great."

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