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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Bye week helped Mike Glennon

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. – Precisely two weeks ago, rookie Mike Glennon abruptly was promoted to the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thrown into the lineup as the Josh Freeman saga spiraled out of control, Glennon had very little time to prepare for his first NFL start, and that showed as he threw two interceptions in a 13-10 loss to Arizona.

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Thanks to the bye week, Glennon has much more time to prepare for his second career start, which comes Sunday when the Bucs host the Philadelphia Eagles.

“The bye week came at a great time,’’ Glennon said. “Just to be able to watch that film a few times and get comfortable and to get the extra practice in last week and then to get the jump start on Philly. To be able to watch the film and to kind of get the game plan ahead of time has helped my preparation and will help me have a better feel for things.’’

Glennon said the extra practice time also has helped him get used to working with wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.

“I really hadn’t gotten a whole lot of reps with them during [training] camp and stuff because I wasn’t going with the ones,’’ Glennon said. “I’ve really thrown more balls to them in the past two weeks than I had the past few months. I think that definitely helps develop a chemistry, and we’ll continue to grow on that as we go on."