If Josh Freeman’s regular season goes the way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope, Thursday night’s exhibition finale against the Washington Redskins could be the last we see of rookie Mike Glennon this year.
Coach Greg Schiano said Glennon is likely to start with Freeman and most of the starters sitting out.
"That's kind of what I've been used to these past couple years (in college), is starting the game, so it will be kind of nice to get back in that way,’’ Glennon said. “I've just got to make the most of my opportunity in there, keep building on what I've learned this preseason and just execute out there. It's the last time for the whole preseason, and I want to make the most of the time I'm out there."
Although most roster spots have been decided and the game is meaningless for many players, it’s important for Glennon. The Bucs have to make a decision on if he’s ready to be the top backup for Freeman or if veteran Dan Orlovsky should remain in that role.
Glennon said he feels like he’s improved as the preseason has gone on.
"Just understanding the defenses more, understanding our offense, the protections and just what we're trying to accomplish on each and every play,’’ Glennon said. “When you're out there in a game situation you understand why the play is called depending on the down and distance and the situation. It's just little subtle things like that that I'm getting more comfortable with, and I'll continue to grow as I get more reps."
But Thursday night’s reps could be the last Glennon gets this season. In a perfect world, Freeman will find the consistency he sometimes has lacked in the past and the Bucs will stick with him all season. But there are no guarantees.
That’s another reason why Glennon’s last audition is important. With a good showing, Glennon could put himself in line to start if Freeman struggles during the regular season.