Weight loss is one of the things Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is trying in order to improve his play after a disappointing 2011 season.
Freeman has dropped about 20 pounds since the end of the season. Bucs General Manager Mark Dominik broke the news of a svelter Freeman during an interview with Steve Wyche of NFL.com. He said the decision was Freeman’s without any prodding from the team.
“You’ve seen a guy who’s completely committed to getting his season back on track and hitting the reset button and getting his game back to hopefully to more of what we saw in 2010 as a young 22-year-old,” Dominik said. “The last couple years, he’s been playing around 255-260. Right now, he’s sitting downstairs weighing about 235-238. He’s getting his body right, working on getting more mobility and better conditioned and buying in, heart and soul, to how and what Mike Sullivan is and wants to be as offensive coordinator.”
More mobility would be great, even if Freeman is still going to be primarily a pocket passer in Tampa. In fact, anything that helps him cut down on the 22 interceptions he threw last season would be great for the Buccaneers. Vincent Jackson should be a help on that front and the additions to the Tampa offense might end up helping Freeman even more than dropping a few pounds.