Former Buccaneers QB Earns Start With New Team

Mike Glennon

Former Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon celebrating a TD with fellow former Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston in 2015.

A former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback will get his chance to prove himself with a new team in Week 12.

While former five-year Bucs starter Jameis Winston waits for a chance to play full-time in New Orleans, another ex-Bucs signal-caller, Mike Glennon, will start for the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. Glennon will make his first start in three seasons after the Jaguars announced the decision on Wednesday, as ESPN’s Michael DiRocco reported.

The 30-year-old played for the Buccaneers from 2013 to 2016, starting 18 games in that time span. He went 5-13 and threw for 4,100 yards, 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions before departing Tampa Bay in 2017.

“I think [Glennon] gives us the best chance to win,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said, per DiRocco. “Mike’s experienced, and that’s why we brought him in here, to be able to fill in whenever we need him. So he’ll get his opportunity.”

The Bucs picked Glennon in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State. In 2015, the team went in a different direction at the position, drafting Winston with the draft’s top overall pick. Glennon left for Chicago via free agency in 2017, but only started four games before Chicago’s No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky took over.

Winston, meanwhile, lasted five seasons as the starter in Tampa. After the Bucs signed Tom Brady in March and took the league by storm, Winston signed with the New Orleans Saints as a backup to Drew Brees.

Despite playing some snaps after Brees’ rib injury in Week 10, Winston didn’t get the starting job the following week as Saints coach Sean Payton went with veteran backup Taysom Hill instead.

Tom Brady vs. Jameis Winston Through Week 11

Brady’s struggles of late with interceptions and a lack of deep completions has comparisons to Winston cropping up.

Last season Winston threw for a franchise-record and league-leading 5,109 yards and 30 interceptions, compared to just 33 touchdown passes. Brady has posted 2,955 yards, 25 touchdowns and 9 interceptions through 11 games this season.

Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano wrote the tradeoff lies in big plays versus taking care of the football when comparing the Bucs’ previous and current starters. He also noted that the two quarterbacks have posted opposite win-loss records through Week 11. Brady has led the team to a 7-4 mark, while Winston went 4-7 over the same span in 2019.

No Record Follow-Up For Bucs’ Backfield

Bucs running back Ronald Jones II set a franchise record in Week 10 with his 98-yard touchdown run against the Carolina Panthers.

A week later, Jones looked non-existent in the Bucs backfield with only 24 yards on 10 carries. The Bucs, who posted 46 points in the divisional contest, largely abandoned the run altogether with 42 yards on 18 attempts.

Jones hasn’t put together a consistent string of games with at least 50 yards or more since October when he had three straight 100-yard games between Weeks 4-6.

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