Bucs have more praise for Glennon

One veteran member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was talked about at least as much of any of the team’s draft picks in recent days.

That’s second-year quarterback Mike Glennon. He went from the center of speculation about being traded away to having coach Lovie Smith emphatically say Thursday night that Glennon is the quarterback of the future.

The praise for Glennon continued Saturday as Smith and general manager Jason Licht spoke with the media after they were done drafting. There had been speculation Smith was not a Glennon fan because the Bucs signed veteran Josh McCown and instantly named him the starter. But it sure sounds like Glennon has made a good impression on his head coach since the start of the offseason program.

“I’ve been in position meetings with Mike,’’ Smith said. “I’ve been around Mike in every environment that you can think of, and then just watching him on the football field. And what you ask a quarterback to do – smart, make checks, and then throw the football, Mike can make all of the throws. I knew what he could do throwing-wise and all that before, but to just see it up close and personal – and a lot of talk that’s going on about Mike Glennon, what I’ve said is that Josh McCown is our starter, which he is. Love Josh, and Josh is pretty excited – more so than, or as excited as any fan as we have about the offensive group – but what I said was we like Mike Glennon and Mike has an excellent future in the league, and that’s how it has played out.”

Licht admitted the Bucs received some calls from other teams inquiring about Glennon’s availability. But the Bucs held onto Glennon and didn’t take a quarterback in the draft.

“We’re very excited about Mike,’’ Licht said. “Josh is excited about Mike. Josh, we talk about his leadership a lot. He really is like an extra coach and he’s working to get Mike better and it’s working. There’s a lot of interest in Mike and we want to keep Mike, I guess I should just say. We want to continue to work with Mike and we’re very excited about his future.”