Bucs backup QB Mike Glennon hadn't expected to be in Monday night's game so early, and facing a third-and-20 from the Bengals' 22 on his first drive, he didn't like the look the Bengals gave as they brought up personnel to the line of scrimmage.
He audibled out of a run play and threw a perfect ball to receiver Russell Shepard, who made an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone, giving the Bucs a 20-0 lead to help put Cincinnati out of reach early in a 25-11 preseason victory.
"They showed a Cover-Zero blitz, and I knew in my mind this run's not going to do it," Glennon said. "I checked to it. Shep did a great job on his man. I threw it up, gave him a chance and he made a great play."
Glennon finished a solid 10-for-15 for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Shepard stepped up with two catches for 44 yards, as well as a 12-yard gain on an end-around. The special-teams standout -- he had a tackle on the coverage team after getting two last week -- was happy to see a smart read from his quarterback and make the most of it.
"Mike made a great play," Shepard said. "He just did what (offensive coordinator) Dirk (Koetter) coached the whole week: Play within your game, play within the system and good things will happen. I have to give all the credit to Mike and Dirk."