Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-year quarterback Mike Glennon was chosen after Geno Smith and E.J. Manuel in last year’s draft, but he outperformed both quarterbacks as a rookie despite not beginning the season as the team’s starter. Glennon, who was viewed as a raw prospect coming out of N.C. State due to his struggles against the pass rush, completed under 60% of his passes, but he also threw just nine interceptions compared to 19 touchdowns. His ability to take care of the football was nice to see in his first season, as he showed some better-than-expected decision-making. The Buccaneers didn’t allow Glennon to cut the ball loose, but that was all for the better in his first season.
It doesn’t look like Glennon will start in his second season in the league, as it seems like veteran Josh McCown will enter the season as the team’s starter. McCown had a late-bloomer breakout last season for the Chicago Bears that may have been fluky, but he definitely played very well last year when Jay Cutler was out.
According to the Tampa Bay Times’s Greg Auman, Glennon told reporters that Lovie Smith and Jason Licht “told him throughout the draft process” that he is the Buccaneers quarterback of the future. The phrasing of tweets from beat writers makes it sound like the Bucs will start McCown this season in an effort to develop Glennon even more, but I have a feeling Glennon has a legit shot at starting this season. McCown had a duo of big outside receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but Glennon’s arm strength might be better fits or Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, who are both at their best when operating downfield.