Saturday, October 19, 2013
By Pat Yasinskas
Three things to watch as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday:
1. Tony Gonzalez. With Julio Jones out and Roddy White banged up, the tight end is left as the primary receiving option in Atlanta’s offense. The Bucs haven’t been great at slowing down tight ends this season. That’s why it wouldn’t surprise me if the Bucs end up using one of their cornerbacks on Gonzalez at least some of the time.
2. Mike Glennon’s progress. The rookie quarterback made strides from his first start to his second. But this game represents a challenge because it’s Glennon’s first on the road. The Georgia Dome is a loud and hostile environment that will test Glennon’s composure.
3. The team’s demeanor. Coach Greg Schiano may be on the hot seat with the team at 0-5. But there have been no signs of his players giving up. If that does start happening, that’s when ownership could decide to make a move.