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Fennelly: Time to find out more about Glennon

ATLANTA — Is there a glimmer with Glennon?

Is there a glimmer of hope with Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon?

There are those three touchdown passes, as many in his first two NFL starts as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson had in theirs.

There also are those interceptions, two that cost the Bucs against Arizona late in Glennon’s debut and one last Sunday that axed momentum just after halftime and led to an Eagles touchdown.

It’s early. It’s a mixed bag.

And today is his first road game, at Atlanta and the Falcons.

Is there are a glimmer with Glennon?

It comes and it goes.

He has looked more than serviceable, less than sensational.

That arm has made a few big-time throws — and some head-scratchers. We’ve seen his 58 percent completion rate, a bump up from Josh Freeman’s 45 percent, but he hasn’t gone deep much or had many completions when he has.

We’ve seen surprising Glennon mobility, but is it surprising only because pre-draft assessments had Glennon standing in cement? We haven’t seen opponents blitz much. That will come.

And, again, we haven’t seen him on the road, like today in the Georgia Dome.

Is there a glimmer with Glennon?

“The thing that I want to reassure with fans as far as getting into the meeting room with Mike and seeing him in practice, this is a guy that’s mature beyond his years,” Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. “He’s very focused. There’s a steadiness about him. He doesn’t get rattled.”

Then again, it’s Glennon’s second game at the Georgia Dome. He opened the 2012 season there with N.C. State against Tennessee. For fans who want to look up the box score ... stop. Glennon’s team lost, he threw four interceptions and fumbled out of his end zone for a safety.

We still haven’t seen Glennon or his team’s first second-half touchdown. The 0-5 Bucs are 31st in the NFL in points per game. Their best effort is 20 points last week — losing football in this league. This season, NFL teams scoring 20 or fewer points in games have a combined 15-54 record.

Is there a glimmer with Glennon? Does he have an NFL future?

Frankly, I think he has a better one than his head coach, but what does that mean at this point?

Still, is there a glimmer?

“I’m not going to lie. I was a little worried the first game he came in,” Bucs offensive tackle Donald Penn said. “But his poise, his leadership, too, it’s surprising. Especially being a rookie. He’s coming out there, getting us going, keeping us calm in the huddle. ... I’m really surprised at how far along he’s been. He’s out there playing like he’s been there before, and this was only his second start.”

I know what you’re thinking, Bucs fans, and I don’t blame you. You see Mike Glennon, tall and goofy, and you’re thinking what Darrelle Revis was when Glennon took over: Napoleon Dynamite. But what if there was more than a glimmer with Glennon? Would Napoleon Quarterback sweep the Bay, “Vote For Pedro” shirts becoming Tampa’s answer to Cheese Heads?

Listen to the kid:

“I’m going to go out there and put my best foot forward, but, at the end of the day, how lucky am I that I’m one of 32 guys in the world that gets to do something that I’ve been dreaming of doing and a million other kids have been dreaming of doing their whole lives?”

It’s great stuff.

But is there a glimmer with Glennon?

Enough for the Bucs not to bring in a veteran to match their win-now veteran talent? Enough to not draft another quarterback, first round?

We don’t know yet.

The glimmer, it comes and it goes.

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