Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Glennon, offensive youngsters combine for lone Bucs TD

JACKSONVILLE — In a preseason debut in which little went right for the Bucs offense, backup quarterback Mike Glennon connected with a bunch of rookies on an 85-yard scoring drive to tie the score in the fourth quarter.

Glennon, who came in after starter Josh McCown had two turnovers in four series, played well, throwing for 140 yards, and nearly half of that came on the team's only touchdown drive in Friday's 16-10 loss to the Jaguars at EverBank Field.

"It was good to get out there — definitely some rust," Glennon said. "We'll shake it off, get it figured out. It's something to build on going forward. It's Week 1 of the preseason, and we still have another month until the first game. We have a lot of time to work out what we weren't good on."

On the touchdown drive, Glennon converted a third-and-8 play with a 23-yard pass to rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, then found rookie running back Charles Sims for 27 yards, the team's longest play of the game. Another first down came on a 10-yard pass to rookie receiver Robert Herron, putting the Bucs in the red zone for the only time.

Running back Mike James ran 11 yards to the 7, and two plays later, again on third down, Glennon found 6-foot-5 receiver Tommy Streeter in the middle of the field for a 6-yard touchdown, tying the score at 10.

"Those guys, from the get-go — Charles doesn't make mistakes in practice, didn't make any today I'm aware of," Glennon said. "He's in the right spots, and that's what you want from a rookie running back. He's definitely gained the respect of the other guys in the locker room."

Seferian-Jenkins finished with two grabs for 29 yards but was also limited by two holding penalties on one drive.

"Mike did a great job — everyone that got in worked hard and did the best they could," he said. "The offensive line did really good on that drive, helped us get down there. Charles Sims, Streeter, they made great catches."

The Bucs went just 4-for-15 on third downs as an offense and totaled just 249 yards on 12 possessions, but 183 came on Glennon's five drives.

"There were some throws I need to be better on, but our offense will be better, will be improved," Glennon said. "We'll watch this game tape and learn from it. We'll be better next week against the Dolphins."

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