TAMPA — Bucs coach Lovie Smith caused a bit of a stir after the opening round of the draft when he anointed second-year pro Mike Glennon as Tampa Bay's “quarterback of the future.''
Two days later, Smith again talked up Glennon, who threw 19 touchdown passes and only nine interceptions as a rookie in 2013, despite being hampered by limited weapons and an ineffective offensive line.
The Bucs will begin another round of workouts this week, and Smith already has been impressed by Glennon's work habits in practice.
“I've been in position meetings with Mike,'' Smith said. “I've been around Mike in every environment you can think of and then watching him on the football field — smart, makes checks and Mike can make all of the throws.
“A lot of talk has gone on about Mike Glennon. What I've said is Josh McCown is our starter, which he is. I love Josh, and Josh is as excited as any fan about our offensive crew. We like Mike Glennon, and Mike has an excellent future in the league.''
Moving on up
If Tennessee State G Kadeem Edwards harbored any nervousness about his ability to play against top-level opponents, those concerns dissolved during his week in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl.
“It helped me out, because it showed me a pro-style tempo of practice and it's good competition,'' said Edwards, the first of two fifth-round picks by the Bucs on Saturday. “I think the experience at the Senior Bowl helped me out a lot. The major leap, it's not a problem. I'm not afraid of anyone. They put their pants on just like I put my pants on, so if they line up, we're going to war.''
Edwards will have a chance to compete for a starting position in Tampa, where former All-Pro LG Carl Nicks has played only nine games in two years due to injuries and the RG spot appears wide open following the release of veteran Davin Joseph.
“I always was an underdog, so it's nothing for me to come in and work,'' Edwards said. “I want to show everybody that I am from a Division I-AA school, but I am here to compete with the best.''
Lone Star slant
In WR Mike Evans and RB Charles Sims, the Bucs grabbed Texas natives with two of their first three picks in this year's draft. That prompted one member of the Bucs' press corps to wonder facetiously if Smith, a Texas native, might have a preference for such players.
“Oh yeah, that's in our manual,'' joked new GM Jason Licht. “We have to take at least two Texas players every year, so there's no coincidence there. We've got our quota for this year. We (picked Evans) for Lovie's birthday (on Thursday) and (Sims) was a bonus for him.''
Licht and Smith headed up their first draft together, and the Bucs' brain trust walked out of the war room with six players and peace of mind.
“Once the preparation has been good, things normally work out how you picture it ... and that was our case,'' Smith said. “I spent more time with Jason than I have with my wife, MaryAnne, so we got a chance to know each other fairly well. Our ownership group was very supportive and it went smoothly, but I expected that.''
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