This Sunday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles in a game to be played in Tampa. The Buccaneers have been faced with a major change on offense with the departure of Josh Freeman. With Freeman’s statistics and win percentage remaining an inconsistency, his days were becoming numbered. After an 0-3 start coach Greg Schiano decided that it was time to make a change so he took the starting job away from Freeman and promoted Mike Glennon.
Glennon is a rookie from NC State selected by the Buccaneers in the third round of the NFL Draft. Glennon’s college career was nothing historic, but he was able to take the starting job from Russell Wilson who is now the starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks and had a extremely successful rookie season last year. Glennon had his first career start two weeks ago against the Arizona Cardinals where he threw the ball 43 times with 24 completions with one touchdown and nearly 200 yards. However, Glennon threw two interceptions in the game and one at a pivotal time late in the fourth quarter. Even though the Buccaneers failed to defeat the Cardinals Glennon still showed positive signs for his future as a Buccaneer.
Luckily for Glennon and the Buccaneers offense, the Eagles defense has struggled thus far with Connor Barwin, Brandon Boykin and Patrick Chung either coming off of injuries or battling injuries currently. As for the Buccaneers offense, receiver Mike Williams has been battling a hamstring injury since Week 3 against the New England Patriots; he played two weeks ago against the Cardinals but still hasn’t been able to regain his health completely. Other than Williams’ injury, the rest of the Buccaneers offense seems to be at full health.
If the Buccaneers are going to win this game, Glennon is going to have to perform at his best with fewer turnovers. One of the main reasons Freeman lost his starting role was because of his numerous turnovers. If Glennon can keep the ball away from the defense, the Buccaneers will have a greater chance at winning this game.
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