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Rookie QB Mike Glennon has "promising" start



Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon admitted he was "anxious" for his NFL debut in Thursday's exhibition opener, not sure what it'd be like.

And Glennon, the third round pick from N.C. State, certainly never expected his first NFL snap to go like it did in a 44-16 loss to the Ravens.

With 25 seconds left in the first quarter, Glennon ran into the field, starting a drive backed up on the Bucs six-yard line. He found himself having to elude a few Ravens near the goallline before finding a wide-open TE Tom Crabtree down the right side for a 61-yard gain.

"My initial read wasn't really open and then I started thinking, 'Oh God, I'm going to take a safety on my first play,'" Glennon said. "All of a sudden Crabtree flashed on me. It was a unique way to start my first game."

Glennon looked to the sidelines.

"I saw a big smile on everyone's face as I was jogging up the field," he said.

Glennon said he learned a lot in his first game, going 11-for-23 for 169 yards, a touchdown and interception and a 54.4 QB rating. Coach Greg Schiano called it a "promising" start. Glennon said his interception was his mistake, an "impulse" throw, but Schiano said it wasn't all the rookie's fault, as WR Chris Owusu ran the wrong route.

"Just to get this first game under my belt is a huge learning experience," Glennon said. "Having now gone out there and experienced what it's like to play in an NFL game, I'll be a lot more comfortable in my next one. Overall, I managed the offense well, put together a few good drives, just needed to be a little more accurate. I missed some throws I should have made, but over time, I think I will get a little more comfortable out there."

So what was the bigggest difference he noticed in jumping to the NFL?

"I think just the speed and the size of the guys," Glennon said. "In college, there are a few guys, maybe two guys on the defense that are really impressive. Here, all 11 of them look the part and tehy can move around."


[Last modified: Friday, August 9, 2013 12:11am]


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