Jenna Laine Talks Limited Preseason for Freeman and Defenders ‘Going Low’
This morning I joined Eric Lopez on Sports Talk 1040 and 1080 Mornings to discuss the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ limited use of quarterback Josh Freeman this preseason.
Through two preseason games, Freeman’s had 10 passing attempts and has played in four offensive series — that’s one more than 49ers’ backup B.J. Daniels, who’s fighting just to make the roster in San Francisco.
I voiced my concerns about Freeman not seeing enough game action in the preseason to where he can feel confident going into the regular season of a critical year.
There’s is a balancing act when it comes to the preseason and getting guys ready.
If you play them too much, you risk injury, like what happened to Redskins backup Kirk Cousins last night, although I would pit that more on Cousin scrambling outside the pocket rather than actual snaps.
If you don’t play them enough, however, you risk guys being ill-prepared.
Eric and I also talked about the injury to Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller and the comments made by Texans safety D.J. Swearinger after the potentially career-ending hit.
Swearinger told Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post that he hit Keller low to avoid a fine. “In this league you’ve got to go low. If you go high you’re going to get a fine.”
With so much attention focused on head injuries and enforcement of rules banning helmet-to-helmet hits, this could soon create a widespread problem, and the NFL needs to get to the bottom of it before anyone else shreds a knee.
You can listen to the whole discussion here:Jenna Laine Talks Limited Preseason for Freeman and Defenders 'Going Low' by Jenna Laine