Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' Schiano gives solid marks to Freeman

TAMPA — Coach Greg Schiano says the Bucs will carry three quarterbacks this season — Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon and Dan Orlovsky — and nothing is likely to change that order.

Barring an injury, the playing field is tilted so every football rolls toward Freeman.

"I think Josh has done everything that (meets) my expectations so far," Schiano said Friday when asked if Glennon could unseat Freeman. "So I don't see that being the way things are playing out."

Freeman did nothing to change that perception during Thursday's 44-16 preseason loss to the Ravens.

He was sacked to end a three-and-out series on the first try of the preseason, then drove the Bucs to a field goal before putting on a ball cap. He finished 4-of-7 for 34 yards, and, according to Schiano, Freeman had no way to avoid the sack.

"There was nowhere to (pass) it," Schiano said.

"So he can try to run. But there was nowhere to run with it either. Sometimes, you're going to get sacked. He didn't have a chance to be spectacular, but he was solid."

Glennon, the team's third-round pick in April out of N.C. State, had a splashier debut.

It began when he stood tall in a collapsing pocket — on a play from the Bucs 6 — before flicking his first NFL pass to open tight end Tom Crabtree for 61 yards.

Playing into the second half, Glennon completed 11 of 23 passes for 169 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

"He did a good job for his first outing," Schiano said. "He said, 'I thought my first play might be a safety.' It got a little dicey there, but that's one thing Mike does well. He keeps his cool, and he was able to find Tom. So I think he did a good job running the operation."

The Bucs did not play Orlovsky. They opted to take their first look at Adam Weber, a practice squad player a year ago whose first two passes were intercepted. However, Schiano said Orlovsky "obviously" is the No. 3.

The growing trend is for teams to carry two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. But given Glennon is a rookie, Orlovsky will provide a safety net should something happen to Freeman.

"I thought that we need to continue to work on all of the finer details that go along with playing quarterback in the pass game," Schiano said. "There's just so much that NFL defenses do that college defenses don't. Mike is only going to get more comfortable. The thing that you can't teach is that composure. I'm thrilled the way that he handled it."

Glennon had help. Kevin Ogletree, a free agent from the Cowboys, led all receivers with five catches for 63 yards.

"He made some plays," Schiano said. "(There's) still a lot to learn in our system and the expectations we have for effort every play and all those things. But you can see he's got ability, and that's why we went out and got him. He did the things we thought he could do."

Schiano said the coaching staff has some improving to do as well. The Bucs and Ravens used a combined 156 players, and it led to some sloppiness.

"I put some of the blame on myself," Schiano said. "We did some things that we normally wouldn't do. And then the game felt differently, probably to the players, in that you're not going to go down there inside your own 20-yard line and mess around with 28 seconds (left in the first half) and one timeout. We just wanted Mike to get more plays. Some of the things we did (led) to a punt, which got blocked

"Some of these young kids, it's their first time playing in a game. All I asked them was I wanted to see execution. I wanted to see effort, and I wanted to see us taking care of the football. At times, we did. But at other times, we didn't."

 
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