Josh Freeman says he'll bounce back from shaky outing

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman struggled mightily in his debut, chalking it up to nerves.

He's also out this week with a concussion as Christian Ponder will start. He could regain the job the following week.

During a loss to the New York Giants, Freeman completed 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards and an interception.

He's only the second quarterback in the past five decades to throw 50 or more passes and not throw for at least 200 yards.

"Looking back, maybe I was a little too fired up at first," Freeman said. "There's definitely a lot of correctable things, things that going into the game I would've banked on me being able to complete or get done on the field, but at the same time we weren't able to do so, so I'm moving forward and just got to find a way to be better prepared.

"I think with any quarterback, there's a lot of times where read one, read two, step out of the pocket, moving, there's just that comfort level when you know where you're going with the ball and you're comfortable stepping up in the pocket and getting your feet set. Then accuracy goes way up. There were obviously some shots, looking back, I could hit in my sleep, but in the game they were maybe a little high. That made it hard on my guys."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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