In a somewhat surprising move, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced rookie, Mike Glennon, as their new starting quarterback this week. With Josh Freeman struggling and seemingly in a rift with head coach, Greg Schiano, Schiano and team management decided Freeman was out. Glennon will have a chance to put a stranglehold on the job this week against a sub par Arizona Cardinals defense.
The Bucs selected in the third round of this year’s NFL draft out of NC State. He stands at 6’ 7” and weighs 225 lbs, fitting the mold of the NFL’s prototypical pocket passer. In his four years at NC State, Glennon spent time backing up Russell Wilson and led the Wolfpack to two bowl wins as the starter. He also threw for 4,031 yards and 31 touchdowns during his senior year.
Facing the Arizona Cardinals this week, Glennon could provide quarterback help for fantasy owners looking to replace Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton this week. But it’s a risky move for any rookie make his first start. Glennon’s start is further complicated by the fact that Tampa could be missing its top two receivers, Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.
While injuries may affect Williams and Jackson in the short term, this quarterback change should come as a relief to fantasy owners of either receiver. Both have been somewhat productive, but neither has performed at the level expected of them before the year began – a large factor being the horrible play of Freeman.
If Glennon shows a spark, fantasy owners could see a boost in fantasy production for both Jackson and Williams.