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Buccaneers plan to give rookie QB Mike Glennon plenty of reps

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

If you listen to the scuttlebutt surrounding the Buccaneers and their quarterback situation, you could surmise that coach Greg Schiano is not a huge fan of quarterback Josh Freeman and vice versa.

When Tampa Bay selected former NC State quarterbackMike Glennon in the third round of the draft, it wasn't a huge shock. But general manager Mark Dominik's latest proclamation does come as a bit of a surprise.

It sounds like the Buccaneers are making it clear that they're going to give Glennon every chance to take away Freeman's starting job.

“We're going to put a lot of pressure on [Glennon] and see a lot of reps from him in the preseason. He's got to play,” Dominik said on a recent NFL.com podcast, via JoeBucsFan.com. “We may not see as much of Dan Orlovsky or even of Josh Freeman somewhat in the preseason as much as you're going to see Glennon.”

That can't be a great thing for Freeman. Well, I guess it depends on how deep into the preseason Dominik means. If the team really wants to test Glennon during OTAs and the early part of training camp (and maybe a preseason game or two), that might be OK by Freeman, since it would keep him away from the possibilities of an on-field injury while allowing him to stay fresh.

But if Glennon is the de facto No. 1 quarterback for the entire preseason, that probably will present problems.

“We're excited about just the little bit we saw from him [during rookie minicamp] in terms of mentally what he could handle,” Dominik said. “We kept piling more on him and he kept doing a great job digesting it, regurgitating it and running the team.”

What has quickly been forgotten: just two months before the draft, Schiano said that Freeman was his man.

"Josh Freeman is our quarterback,” Schiano said back then. “And I believe with Josh Freeman, we'll be able to accomplish our goals."

At this point, it sounds like the Buccaneers are rethinking that entire idea and seeing if Glennon might be a better option than the incumbent quarterback.

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