Josh Freeman Gets Up-Close Look At Tom Brady, Patriots: Fantasy Implications

CHARLOTTE NC - SEPTEMBER 19: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 19 2010 in Charlotte North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman says he enjoyed getting an up-close look at how Tom Brady plays quarterback. We break down the fantasy implications.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman says he enjoyed seeing how New England's Tom Brady goes about his pre-snap reads and calls. The two teams practiced together on Wednesday ahead of Friday night's game. Freeman also says the Bucs have a good fundamental grasp of coordinator Mike Sullivan's offense at this point.

Analysis: No one is expecting Freeman to morph into Brady this season, especially in a new offense. However, the Bucs and fantasy owners are going to want more than last year when he threw 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. Freeman is heading into his fourth season and plays in the same division as Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton. If Tampa Bay is going to succeed, Freeman's quarterback play will need to be closer to that level for the Bucs to be a factor in the NFC South. If it does, it will be good news for fantasy owners who take him in the later rounds. Freeman is a No. 2 fantasy quarterback on draft day.

For more on the Buccaneers check out SB Nation Tampa Bay and Bucs Nation.

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