By Max Luckan
Mike Glennon has every right to be satisfied with his performance so far this season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The rookie quarterback out of North Carolina State has done everything that has been asked of him and more.
And if he continues down this path, he could secure a job as the Bucs next franchise quarterback.
Glennon has completed 62.5 percent of his passes in his eight games this season, and has thrown for 13 touchdowns, while only throwing four interceptions. He has looked like a veteran quarterback at times, as evidenced by his composure and accuracy down the stretch.
NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell, who is noted for his talent evaluation skills, also has had high praise for Glennon.
“Mike Glennon is so far more advanced than RG3 [Robert Griffin III] playing NFL quarterback that it’s not even close,” Cosell said on 98.7 The Fan. “They shouldn’t even be in the same discussion.”
“I think they [the Bucs] are getting really quality quarterback play from Mike Glennon, who is without question the best rookie quarterback in this class. When your quarterback makes difficult anticipation throws, everything about your offense tends to look better.”
The most impressive thing about Glennon’s play has been his accuracy, especially when throwing the ball down the field. It is rare to find a 23-year-old quarterback with that kind of touch and finesse, and the Bucs, including head coach Greg Schiano, are hoping that his abilities aren’t a fluke.
“I think this is a guy that certainly, as long as he continues on this trajectory, is a guy you’d love to have as a quarterback for a long time,” Schiano said. “In six games, he’s thrown one interception. He’s now throwing the ball down the field with more confidence, because he’s always been able to do it. Just pulling the trigger.”
“That is the development and maturation of a quarterback and we’re all seeing it right in front of our eyes,” Schiano added.
In Tampa, the Bucs aren’t used to having a true franchise quarterback, which is the most important ingredient in a recipe for success. But if Glennon can continue his solid play, the Bucs may be able to use a potentially high first-round draft pick to improve other areas of the roster.
Extent of Revis’ injury unknown
Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis missed the second half of the team’s 24-21 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday because of a groin injury. On Monday, Revis underwent an MRI, but the prognosis still remains a mystery.
The feeling at One Buc Place is that the injury isn’t too serious, but again, no one knows exactly. And because of the uncertainty, there’s a good chance that Revis will not be able to play next Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
If that’s the case, rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks, who shadowed Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson after Revis got hurt, will likely have the task of defending Panthers star receiver Steve Smith. Banks did fairly well against Johnson, who is arguably the best receiver in the NFL.
Still, the loss of Revis could potentially be a momentum-killer for a Bucs team that has now won three games in a row, and is technically still in the playoff race.
Tampa Bay’s defense has played well recently, but the threat of injuries derailing that is there.
Early Tuesday afternoon, one top Bucs official refused to comment on the extent of Revis’ injury, but we should find out soon.
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Max Luckan lives in Tampa, FL and is a sports writer covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NFL. Luckan has been covering the Buccaneers for a few years now. Max is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.