Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Glennon Showing Some Progress in Second Start

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Glennon Showing Some Progress in Second Start

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TAMPA

LEARNING CURVE: Bucs QB plays better, but could not lead team to victory

The work in progress continued to work to progress.

Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay's anointed quarterback, did not do anything to hurt his team's chances.

The rookie did not lead the Buccaneers to victory, either.

In his second NFL start, Glennon completed 26 of 43 passes for 273 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Vincent Jackson in Tampa Bay's 31-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in front of 62,505 fans at Raymond James Stadium.

Taking over for jettisoned veteran Josh Freeman, now a Minnesota Viking, Glennon had his down side, too.

He threw an interception, although Tiquan Underwood took blame for not completing his route, and was a standing target for the Eagles' mostly nonexistent pass rush during the final series. One of Philadelphia's two sacks against Glennon came during the last drive, when he tried to rally his team from a two-score deficit.

"I thought he played well," Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said. "A couple balls he'd like back. The interception he got knocked right in the noggin as he let it go. I'm not sure on the route. I have to see the tape."

The pick by Bradley Fletcher came directly after halftime and two plays after connecting with tight end Tim Wright for a 36-yard pass on the opening play of the third quarter.

"He is a very poised quarterback," Wright said. "He's more mature than what he is -- a rookie. He does a great job of leading the guys in the huddle and keeping everyone calm. He does a good job of verbalizing and communicating what our jobs are."

Glennon did not appear restricted at all as far as the play calling. Sunday was an improvement over his 24-for-43, 193-yard, one- touchdown, two-interception performance in a Week 4 loss to Arizona.

"I'm going to continue grow," Glennon said. "There's more and more I can take away from the game now that I've gone through them. I'll continue to improve as the season progresses."

Glennon did something Sunday he never did in college, gain 16 yards on a scramble. …

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