TAMPA — Mike Glennon has spent all training camp trying to acclimate himself to the pro game, and the Bucs rookie quarterback on Tuesday said all the practice and game repetitions have made him a better player.
"Just understanding … what we're trying to accomplish on each and every play," he said.
Glennon will get a chance to show what he has learned — and solidify a spot as the primary backup — Thursday when he makes his first NFL start in the Bucs' preseason finale against the Redskins.
"That's kind of what I've been used to the past few years, is starting games, so it will be nice to get back in that way," said Glennon, drafted 73rd overall out of North Carolina State. "I just have to make the most of my opportunity, keep building on what I've learned and just execute out there."
With starter Josh Freeman not expected to play and coach Greg Schiano sufficiently familiar with what Dan Orlovsky can do, expect to see a lot of Glennon, 23, who in three preseason games is 26-for-54 passing for 334 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Orlovsky will get in, Schiano said, but "the plan is Mike's going to play a lot. We want Mike to keep getting repetitions."
High on the list for Glennon is improving his 48.1 completion percentage. But most important, he said, will be "to put forth your best effort" and "execute well."
"You want to go out and put points on the board and lead the team to victory," he added. "Even though it doesn't technically count, you still want to win."
INJURY BUG: With Danny Gorrer out after groin surgery — "It's not season-ending or anything," Schiano said — and Anthony Gaitor (knee) on injured reserve, the Bucs seem a bit thin at cornerback. But with Darrelle Revis (knee) apparently on track to play in the season opener against the Jets, Johnthan Banks healthy and a spirited competition for the third spot between Michael Adams and Leonard Johnson, Schiano said depth is not a problem.
That said, he acknowledged, "If we lose any more it's going to be dicey."
For now, though, "As a group they're playing well," Schiano said. "The one thing that's a positive is there's not balls flying over their heads. (Opponents) may be making catches underneath but they're tackling them, and if you can keep balls from flying over your head you have a chance to be in every game."
MORE INJURIES: Schiano had nothing new on K Lawrence Tynes and G Carl Nicks, who are out indefinitely while being treated with antibiotics for MRSA infections. "Everything that's being done is being done to make sure that everybody recovers," Schiano said. … FB Erik Lorig (calf) participated in practice "but didn't do everything," Schiano said. "We're going to ease him back into it."
LINE PLAY: Schiano was impressed enough with the job Gabe Carimi did at left guard Saturday against the Dolphins that he said the transplanted tackle will be there again against the Redskins.
"He looked like a guy who hasn't played a lot of guard lately, especially on the left side," said Schiano, who is trying to plug the hole left by Nicks' condition. "But the things you see that you like you say, 'Now, that's good.' He's a big strong man who gets movement and doesn't get moved back. There's some things we have to fix … but, yes, he's a viable option, for sure."
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ODDS AND ENDS: Schiano said Adrian Clayborn and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim are "in the mix" to be starting defensive ends, but added, "We haven't decided exactly who the starting ends are." … Dashon Goldson rode a stationary bike Tuesday, but Schiano said the safety is fine: "With Dashon, to learn the system, he's gone maximum reps every day. We're just giving him a little rest, that's all."
Cuts: The roster was trimmed to a league-mandated 75 with the release of LB Jacob Cutrera, G Adam Smith, WRs Terriun Crump and Chris Denton, TEs Mike Shanahan and Zach Miller, and DB Branden Smith.