Just about every couple of years there is a quarterback that is drafted in the top five. Every NFL draft analyst sees greatness lurking in this player, they see the potential this quarterback showed in college and what they will be capable of in the pros. These are players like Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and John Elway; these players were looked at to be future superstars in the NFL, Elway and Manning have already achieved greatness already and Luck could be the next in line.
Those players already had their career mapped out for them as a future Pro Bowler, MVP and Super Bowl Champion. The odd thing about this is that it’s not always the first round draft pick that achieves greatness; sometimes it’s a Tom Brady that gets drafted in the sixth round, steps in after an injury and doesn’t look back. Other times it’s a Kurt Warner who doesn’t even get drafted but some how some way becomes one of the greatest of all time, or it could just be a third round draft pick who had only one person truly believe that he could be legendary; this player is Mike Glennon
Glennon was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round, 73rd overall; many believe that he could be good but would most likely be a backup his whole career, except Greg Schiano.
It is uncertain that Schiano ever disliked former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, but it is obvious that he has always favored Glennon attempted to recruit him out of high school to attend Rutgers which was Schiano most recent employment before coming to Tampa. Schiano sees a leader inside of Glennon and he sees a future legend as well.
Schiano believes in Glennon so much that Glennon has shattered the rookie record for most passes attempted throwing the ball over forty times in four games straight. Glennon has performed well this season throwing for over 1,300 yards with a sixty percent completion percentage as well as nine touchdowns.
Nobody can be sure that Glennon will be a legend until he is one but if the Buccaneers waist their first-round pick on another quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater or Marcus Mariota instead of drafted something more essential then we’ll never know what it could have been.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers season has not gone the way they exactly wanted it to go but there is still a lot of talent on this team. One of these players is sophomore linebacker Lavonte David. David is a quick outside linebacker who is currently ranked third amongst the other outside linebackers in tackles with a total of 78. David also has five sacks with 10 tackles for a loss.
Against the New York Jets, David made a boneheaded move on a late hit against Geno Smith which actually cost them the game; David took a lot of heat for this move as his name trended on Twitter as people looked at him as the one to blame for the loss. Even Buccaneers’ Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp said that it was the dumbest play of the year. David responded to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times by saying, “I wouldn’t have hit him if I thought he wasn’t going to stay in bounds, they said he was out of a bounds so the guy called the flag. To me, he was in bounds.” It was obvious that Smith was going out of bounds but either way throughout the rest of this season David has been proving that he isn’t a boneheaded player.
Regardless of not being elected as a captain, David has been the statistical leader of the Buccaneers with the most solo tackles, assisted tackles, sacks, tackles for a loss and passes defended. David has shown the fans that he deserves to go to Hawaii but hopefully the rest of nation will find him worthy.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ record does not show a very good team at all, but after their recent games they have shown many signs of life. Of course the playoffs aren’t even in the conversation for the Buccaneers as they are currently tied for worst team in the league, but maybe they can finish the season off strong with a bright look at next season.
The Buccaneers aren’t a good team, that’s for sure, but they are certainly not the worst team in the league. The Buccaneers deserve a lot more credit than they actually get; they traveled to play the Seattle Seahawks missing three key players on offense and still kept a lead going into the fourth quarter. Even though the lost they still gave the best team in the NFC a run for their money, and that deserves credit.
Last Monday the Buccaneers entered a game against the Miami Dolphins and finally decided that they should at least be the best team in the state of Florida, so they went out and won themselves their first game of the season. Sure the Dolphins’ season is falling apart right now, but the Buccaneers saw the weakness the Dolphins were facing so they put salt on the wound and completely embarrassed the Miami offensive line by allowing just two yards rushing and also forced two pivotal sacks in the last minute of the game. Their performance deserves a lot of credit.
Now is the point in the Buccaneers’ season where they can either tank for potentially the first pick in the NFL Draft or they can go and show the rest of their schedule that they are much better than others think.
John Beauchamp is a multi-sport writer for Rant Sports; follow him on Twitter @John_Beauchamp or just add him to your network on Google