Bucs Won’t Name Glennon Starter; Carr Wants to Play for Bucs
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It seems as though the big Buccaneer related news to come out of the combine this weekend has been that the team is not prepared to hand the franchise over to Mike Glennon quite yet.
On Thursday, Lovie Smith started by speaking of the possibility of drafting a quarterback with the 7th overall pick.
“I know enough about that draft to know, yeah, there’s someone that would be worthy of the seventh pick because everything is on the board right now,” Smith said. “Whenever you have a chance to get a franchise quarterback, you have to consider that.”
Smith continued that he is not prepared to say “ that Mike is the answer and he’s our quarterback of the future and we’re going to build around him.”
New Bucs GM Jason Licht joined in on the questioning of Mike Glennon at the combine as well.
“New coach, new regime, you can’t just hand the keys over and say this guy is our starter,” Licht told the Tampa Tribune. “ You have to see what he is, and competition drives the best out of everybody. So, that’s what we’ll be looking for.’’
Licht anticipates addressing the Bucs needs, including quarterback in free agency.
“We’re going to try to be proactive,’’ Licht said. “We’re going to try to fill as many holes as we can in free agency, because I don’t want to go into the draft with our first pick, having to pick a position.”
While the Bucs might add a quarterback in free agency, that might not necessarily mean they are done adding quarterbacks.
Fresno State QB Derek Carr, whose brother played for new Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford at Fresno State, would love to be a member of the Bucs.
Carr has a quick release and showed off his athleticism by running a 4.69 40-yard dash time, which was among the fastest for quarterbacks.
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