Glennon ready for extended playing time

TAMPA, Fla. – He has gone from starter last season to backup this season. But Mike Glennon is expected to be a starter again -- for one night anyway.

Coach Lovie Smith has indicated he might rest some or all of his starters in Thursday night’s preseason game with Washington. That likely means Glennon will be playing in place of veteran Josh McCown.

“It’s a dream to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, whether it’s preseason or a regular-season game,’’ Glennon said. “I’m real fortunate to be in that situation, so I’m looking forward to it.’’

Glennon started 13 games as a rookie last year. Without complaining, Glennon has accepted his backup role. In the first three preseason games, Glennon has completed 22 of 33 passes for 261 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

“I think it’s gone well,’’ Glennon said. “There have been some good things and some not as good things. But overall I feel like I’m a much better player this preseason than I was last preseason. I want to continue to grow as a player and I think I did that this preseason.’’

But the preseason isn’t over for Glennon. He’s likely to play most or all of the game against Washington.