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QB change: Bucs to bench Freeman, start Glennon



The Bucs, struggling on offense in an 0-3 start, have made a switch at quarterback, benching Josh Freeman and starting rookie Mike Glennon on Sunday against Arizona.

The Times has confirmed what was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, that the Bucs have made a change at quarterback for the first time since Freeman's rookie year in 2009. As recently as Monday, coach Greg Schiano had been adamant that he was not considering a change: "Josh is our starter," he repeated.

Freeman has not consistently completed passes in Tampa Bay's 0-3 start, which has seen the Bucs offense score three points in the last seven quarters. The Bucs rank 31st (ahead of only Jacksonville) in both scoring offense (11.3 points per game) and total offense.

Glennon, 23, was the Bucs' third-round draft pick in April. The 6-foot-6 passer threw for 31 touchdowns in each of his final two seasons at N.C. State, where he succeeded Russell Wilson as the Wolfpack's starting quarterback. He'll be the third rookie quarterback to start this season, following the Jets' Geno Smith and the Bills' EJ Manuel.

We'll have updates from One Buc Place later this morning ...

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:41am]


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