TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Third-round draft pick Mike Glennon is eager to establish himself with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The former North Carolina State quarterback is getting a jump on learning the team's offensive system during a minicamp for rookies that began Friday and is looking forward to competing for a role as a backup to starter Josh Freeman, who's entering the final year of his contract.
Glennon was the third quarterback selected in the draft behind Florida State's E.J. Manuel and West Virginia's Geno Smith. He has the size and arm strength the Bucs like in a quarterback and is not a stranger to being No. 2 on a depth chart, having served as a backup to Russell Wilson for three years in college.
"As a competitor you want to be out on the field ... but learning from Russell was a great experience," said Glennon, who started his final 26 games with the Wolfpack after Wilson transferred to Wisconsin. Glennon finished his college career with 7,411 passing yards, 63 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.
"He does all the right things off the field," Glennon said of Wilson. "He's an extremely sharp guy. He works hard and prepares. It doesn't come as a surprise that he's doing so well."
Wilson was a third-round pick a year ago, won Seattle's starting job during training camp and led the Seahawks to the playoffs as a rookie.
The Bucs hope Glennon catches on quickly, too, however they aren't counting on him to play right away.
Freeman is heading the final season of the contract he signed as the 17th overall pick of the 2009 draft. He's coming off year in which he became the franchise's first 4,000-yard passer and also set a record for 27 TD passes, but his career also has been marked with inconsistency and he's yet to lead Tampa Bay to the playoffs.
General manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano have made it clear that Freeman's the unquestioned starter. Glennon will compete with veteran Dan Orlovsky for No. 2.