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Buccaneers Bench Quarterback Freeman for NFL Rookie, ESPN Says

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman helped the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record in his second National Football League season, completing about 61 percent of his passes with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. Photographer: Winslow Townson/Getty Images
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman helped the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record in his second National Football League season, completing about 61 percent of his passes with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. Photographer: Winslow Townson/Getty Images

Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Josh Freeman has been benched as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting quarterback in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, ESPN reported, citing people familiar with the situation that it didn’t identify.

Freeman, 25, had been the Buccaneers’ starter since his rookie year, when he was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft from Kansas State. He’s completed a National Football League-low 45.7 percent of his passes during the team’s 0-3 start.

Second-year head coach Greg Schiano had said in his news conferences this week that Freeman would remain the team’s starter. The Buccaneers, who have the second-fewest passing yards and points-scored among the NFL’s 32 teams, said Schiano would address the issue after today’s practice. Tampa Bay hosts the Arizona Cardinals this week.

Freeman helped the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record in his second NFL season, completing about 61 percent of his passes with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. He threw 22 interceptions the following season as Tampa Bay went 4-12, and last year his completion percentage dropped to 54.8 with 17 interceptions as the Buccaneers had a 7-9 record.

Glennon was taken in the third round of the draft out of North Carolina State.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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