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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Not a snap this season, but Glennon still developing

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He has yet to take a single snap this season, but Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon said he has worked to stay focused and continue developing as a passer this season while serving as a backup to rookie Jameis Winston.

"All you have to do is look around the league and see how many guys have played -- I bet over half the teams have had (backup) guys go in and play and not just for a few plays, but start and play significant time," Glennon said Wednesday. "I'm just helping Jameis as much as I can, doing whatever I can to help this team win, that's the mentality I've had. It's fun to be a part of more of a winning team and be in it towards the end."

Winston is one of just four NFL quarterbacks to take every QB pass for his team this season -- the Patriots' Tom Brady, the Jaguars' Blake Bortles and the Redskins' Kirk Cousins are the others. But seven teams have had to use three or more quarterbacks -- the Texans have now used five this season.

Glennon, 26, was fortunate enough to play extensively in his first two seasons, taking over for Josh Freeman in 2013 and for an injured Josh McCown last season. He had a combined 18 starts, throwing for 4,025 yards, with 29 touchdowns against 15 interceptions.

"You learn something from (offensive coordinator) Dirk (Koetter), you take things away from the good things Jameis does, the things he can learn from, too," Glennon said. "You always try to make it a learning experience, whether you're playing or not."

The Bucs have carried a third quarterback all season in Ryan Griffin, claimed from the Saints before the season started, and if the Bucs feel comfortable with him as a backup to Winston, they could be in better position to trade Glennon for a draft pick to a team that thought he could compete for a starting position in 2016.

"My focus right now has been on the season," Glennon said. "Once the offseason comes, which is not too far away, I'll start putting more thought into that."

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 3:40pm]

    

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