Mike Glennon's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook After Josh Freeman's Release

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2013

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Mike Glennon #8 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waits to be introduced as the starting quarterback before the start of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. ( Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)
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When Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano started rookie Mike Glennon at quarterback in Week 4, it was unclear how long the experiment would last. Now that the Bucs have released embattled signal-caller Josh Freeman, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Glennon era has officially arrived.

Freeman's rocky start to the season was a big contributing factor to the Bucs' early struggles, but it remains to be seen if Glennon will be any better. The third-round pick out of NC State earned his first career NFL start last week against the Arizona Cardinals, and the result wasn't much different as Arizona came away with a 13-10 win.   

Glennon completed just under 56 percent of his passes for 193 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Those numbers certainly don't jump off the page; however, the most disconcerting stat has to be his 4.49 yards per pass attempt, which suggests that Glennon isn't comfortable throwing the ball down the field.

With that said, Glennon will have a week to get more comfortable in the offense as the Bucs are on the bye in Week 5. According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, that played at least a small part in Schiano's decision to hand the reins over to Glennon.

It is beneficial I think that Mike will get to play a game and then have a bye week to really decipher through it and learn from the experience before he has to play his next game. That’s a side benefit of the decision. But it wasn’t by any means the reason it was made now. We felt that it was time that Mike Glennon gave us the best chance to win and that’s why we did it.

Schiano may say that Glennon gives Tampa the best chance to win, but whether or not he believes it is a different issue. Schiano is very much on the hot seat, and he clearly had to turn in a different direction. Unfortunately for the coach, though, there may not be a viable alternative on the roster.

Glennon does have a favorable matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles and their league-worst pass defense in Week 6. However, that still doesn't make him fantasy worthy just yet. There are so many good quarterbacks in the league right now that it wouldn't be advisable to add Glennon unless you're looking for a backup in leagues that start two quarterbacks.

He does have some quality weapons at his disposal in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams at receiver as well as Doug Martin in the backfield, but they can't make Glennon a confident and accurate passer. If anything, Schiano figures to lean on Martin more heavily, especially since the Bucs seem to have a quality defense thus far in 2013.

With a more conservative offense likely in place, the fantasy value of both Jackson and Williams is sure to decrease, and Glennon simply doesn't have any at this point. He wasn't a logical option with Freeman in the fold, and Freeman's release did nothing to change that.


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