Frazier Names Freeman Monday Night's Starting Quarterback

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Josh Freeman will start for the Vikings this Monday night when the Vikings travel to Met Life Stadium to take on the 0-6 New York Giants. Head coach Leslie Frazier made the announcement on Wednesday morning following his team’s practice at Winter Park.

The Vikings are 1-4 and are coming off a home loss to the Carolina Panthers in which they scored 10 points and quarterback Matt Cassel was 32 of 44 for 241 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Vikings are averaging 22.2 offensive points per game, but turnovers at the quarterback position have been an issue in the team’s four losses this season and the Vikings are hopeful Freeman will spark a turnaround.

Freeman signed with the Vikings on October 8, just days after being released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a first-round pick (#17 overall) of Tampa Bay’s in 2009 and played in 60 games with 59 starts. While with Tampa Bay, Freeman had his best season in 2010 when he completed 61.4% of his passes for 3,451 yards and 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions for a passer rating of 95.9. Two seasons later in 2012, Freeman had career-highs in touchdowns with 27 and passing yards with 4,065.