Rookie Review: Mike Glennon
September, 30, 2013
By Kevin Weidl | ESPN.com
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie QB Mike Glennon made his first career start on Sunday in a 13-10 loss to the Cardinals. Glennon, a third-round selection in the 2013 draft, was given the opportunity after the Bucs went winless through the first three games, prompting coach Greg Schiano to bench then-starter Josh Freeman. Glennon showed flashes early on, but a few late fourth-quarter mistakes played a key role in the Buccaneers' fourth straight loss to start the season.
At 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds, Glennon was a prototypical drop-back passer coming out of North Carolina State last year. There was a lot to like about his arm strength and he was an easy thrower. When provided with a clean pocket he could be very accurate at all three levels and was one of the better deep throwers of the 2013 quarterback class.
Glennon showed flashes of this accuracy early in the first half against the Cardinals. The Buccaneers' offensive line was able to provide Glennon with adequate protection which allowed him to survey the field and find a rhythm. He was able to take advantage of a Cardinals fumble in the first quarter and lead the Buccaneers on a six-play, 41-yard touchdown drive. Glennon developed a nice rapport with WR Mike Williams on the drive, finding him for both of his completions, including an 8-yard touchdown pass on a slant route.