There’s no question that Mike Glennon has done some impressive things in just his first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s hard to find another rookie quarterback around the league who has done as well as the North Carolina State product.
While his future with Tampa will be an interesting storyline to follow in the offseason, it’s time to look at the here and now. Has he shown enough to warrant consideration for offensive rookie of the year? As far as consideration goes, I believe he has proven to be a top five candidate for the award. Not only has he thrown 17 touchdowns to just eight interceptions, but he has helped the Bucs (somewhat) turn things around in the second half of the season, cashing in impressive performances against good defenses such as the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks.
With Glennon, however, the good must sometimes come with the bad. He has shown a propensity to disappear in games, particularly in both of the ones against the Carolina Panthers. Even putting his inconsistency aside, the reality is that the Bucs are last in the league in passing yardage under his watch. He has plenty of things he needs to improve on to be a quality passer in the league, and while I think consideration for the award is justified, I don’t think he has much of a chance to win it.
The true winner of the award will probably be Keenan Allan, the wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers. After breaking out in Week 4, Allen has delivered consistently productive performances for the Chargers, something nearly impossible for any rookie pass catcher to do. Averaging almost 15 yards per catch, Allen is set to break the 1,000 receiving yard mark and has a good chance to get double digit touchdowns before the season is over. While Glennon has been good for the Bucs, Allen has been exceptional, and I believe he deserves to win the award.
So, although Glennon will miss out on winning any sort of accolade this year, Bucs fans can still hope that his promise and potential will eventually lead him to win an even bigger award (like MVP) somewhere down the line.