Raiders QB Derek Carr was replaced by QB Mike Glennon late in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Jets. There's been no injury announced for Carr, so this looks like HC Jon Gruden just getting his starting QB out of a 34-3 game. We'll update Carr's status if we hear otherwise.
On the same day they reached a deal with QB Sam Bradford, the Cardinals also reportedly agreed on a contract with QB Mike Glennon. The very short-term starter in Chicago will be released once the 2018 league year begins Wednesday afternoon and then move to the desert to back up Bradford. The latter, of course, isn't a good bet to make it through the season healthy. Arizona also remains a strong candidate to draft a QB early this spring.
Bears QB Mike Glennon rebounded statistically in Saturday's 2nd preseason game, including a TD pass to WR Kendall Wright late in the 2nd quarter. But that followed a drive-killing, 1st-quarter INT in the red zone and another pass that should have been picked. Glennon finished 13-of-18 for 80 yards -- better than his 2-of-9 1st outing. Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky, meanwhile, again followed #2 QB Mark Sanchez into the game. Trubisky completed 6 of 8 passes for 60 yards and a TD to Benny Cunningham. Trubisky also avoided an INT on a ball that should have been picked. We'll see if anything changes with the QB order in the "dress rehearsal" 3rd preseason game, but Chicago looks like it'll head into the year with a shaky Glennon under center.
Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky connected on 18 of 25 attempts for 166 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs in his preseason debut against the Broncos on Thursday night. He added 38 yards on 3 carries -- a reminder of his underrated athleticism. All of Trubisky's work came with backups. QB Mike Glennon worked with the starters ... and completed 2 of 8 passes with a pick-6. A few more nights like this and Chicago's plan to redshirt Trubisky this season will go up in flames. We're expecting the rookie to make multiple starts this year.
The Bears' plan is to start QB Mike Glennon all season, according to insider Rich Campbell. It makes sense, at least in theory. Chicago is paying Glennon $18.5 million guaranteed, while rookie Mitchell Trubisky enters the league after making just 13 college starts. Campbell also insinuated that the 1st-rounder struggled in spring practices. Of course, the calls for the rook will be loud if Glennon struggles at all. We're still betting on Trubisky making starts this year, but he's not worth a roster spot in redraft leagues. (Neither is Glennon, outside of 2-QB leagues.)
Bears GM Ryan Pace did the obligatory on Friday, calling veteran QB Mike Glennon his team's starter. "Mitch is here to develop," Pace said of the man he traded up a spot in Thursday night's 1st round to secure. We buy this more than the Texans saying Tom Savage will start in 2017. Glennon has at least had some NFL success and will make $16 million this year. Trubisky is clearly Chicago's future, though, and we'd still bet on him making starts at some point this season.
The Bears traded up 1 spot to #2 overall to select North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky. The 22-year-old sat behind Marquise Williams in his first 2 years at Chapel Hill and has just 13 college starts under his belt — the fewest for any 1st-round QB in the last 10 years. He was impressive in 2016, though, completing 68% of his passes with 30 TDs and just 6 INTs. The film shows nice accuracy and plenty of arm strength. Trubisky is also a plus athlete, registering a 68th percentile SPARQ score. The inexperience is the biggest concern, especially considering North Carolina ran a shotgun-heavy scheme. In Chicago, he could sit a year behind QB Mike Glennon, who signed what's essentially a 1-year deal with the Bears in free agency. Trubisky is a strong favorite to be under center by 2018, when he figures to be throwing to WRs Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.
USA Today reports that the Bears have agreed to a 3-year deal with former Bucs QB Mike Glennon, worth $14.5 million per year. Glennon started 18 games over his 1st 2 years with Tampa Bay, including 13 games as a rookie. He tossed 29 TDs vs. 15 INTs over those 2 seasons. But then the Buccaneers drafted Jameis Winston 1st overall in 2015 and rendered Glennon no more than a backup. The money obviously casts Glennon as Chicago's starter for the foreseeable future. Moving from the Jay Cutler-Brian Hoyer-Matt Barkley combo of last year to Glennon doesn't look like a significant upgrade for Bears pass-catchers, though stabilizing the position can't hurt. The Bears are now expected to release Cutler, who will make for an interesting free agent.
The Bucs have released QB Josh McCown. The move saves them more than $4 million against the salary cap. McCown started 10 games last year, finishing as a top-12 QB in 4 different weeks. But his final numbers were ugly: a 56.3% completion rate with 11 TDs and 14 INTs. He hasn't had any NFL success outside of Marc Trestman's offense. Turning 36 in July, McCown is unlikely to land a starting job in 2015. The Bucs are left with Mike Glennon at QB for now but are widely expected to select Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota with the 1st pick of the draft.
The Bucs have hired Dirk Koetter as their new OC. Koetter has spent the past 8 seasons running NFL offenses -- 5 in Jacksonville and the last 3 in Atlanta. Only 1 of his Jaguars squads finished in the top half of the league in total offense, but he didn't have much talent to work with. His Falcons teams ranked 7th, 20th and 12th in total offense. Koetter has some intriguing young prospects to work with in Tampa Bay, specifically WR Mike Evans and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. We'll have more on Koetter's impact on the Bucs throughout the offseason.
Bucs QB Josh McCown will start Sunday's game against the Falcons. QB Mike Glennon has been mediocre in 5 starts, completing 55.9% of his passes, averaging 7.2 yards per attempt and tossing 9 TDs vs. 6 INTs. McCown wasn't any better in 2-and-a-half games to open the season, posting a 63.2% completion rate, 6.2 yards-per-attempt average and 2:4 TD-to- INT rate. We wonder why the 1-7 Bucs would go back to a 35-year-old who clearly isn't their long-term answer. McCown has a prime Week 10 matchup against Atlanta's 20th-ranked QB defense, but he can't be trusted as more than a mid-range QB2.
Bucs QB Josh McCown isn't planning on having surgery on his injured throwing thumb, according to insider Rick Stroud. McCown is "getting better" but is still unlikely to be available for this weekend's game against the Saints. Of course, he's likely lost his starting job after QB Mike Glennon led Tampa Bay to its 1st win of the season this past Sunday.
Bucs QB Josh McCown (thumb) is inactive for today’s game against the Steelers. Mike Glennon draws the start and is a mid-range QB2 in a plus matchup.
Bucs QB Josh McCown is dealing with a torn ligament in his thumb, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He'll try to throw on Monday. If that doesn't go well, McCown could opt to have surgery. That'd cost him 6 weeks. Of course, a solid performance from QB Mike Glennon against the Steelers today could make McCown's status a moot point.
Bucs QB Josh McCown (thumb) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. QB Mike Glennon will draw the start. He was impressive in his 2013 rookie season and has a plus matchup this week. Glennon is on the QB2 radar.
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Bucs QB Mike Glennon is expected to start Sunday's game against the Steelers. QB Josh McCown (thumb) probably isn't healthy enough to start anyway, but his play over the first 3 weeks makes the decision to go with Glennon easier. The 2nd-year QB was shaky against Atlanta last Thursday night but turned in an impressive rookie season. Consider him a viable QB2 in a plus matchup against the Steelers this weekend.
ESPN's Pat Yasinkas reports that Bucs QB Josh McCown will miss at least 1 game with a "significant sprain" to his right thumb. McCown hit the thumb on a defender's helmet in the Thursday night loss at Atlanta. Mike Glennon is expected to start against Pittsburgh in Week 4, and then we'll see beyond that. Here's hoping that losing McCown doesn't impact your fantasy football team at all.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the "belief" is that Bucs QB Josh McCown suffered a sprained thumb in Thursday night's loss to the Falcons. He's undergoing an MRI today to confirm. A sprain would be better news than a broken bone. But considering it's on his throwing thumb. it could still cost McCown time. Tampa might be better off rolling with QB Mike Glennon anyway.
Bucs QB Josh McCown injured his right (throwing) hand when he banged it against a helmet in Thursday night's game against the Falcons. He played another series but then headed back to the locker room with trainers. We'll pass along an update when we get one. QB Mike Glennon is next up for the Bucs.
Update: McCown has been ruled out for the game with a thumb injury. "It's wrapped up like a club," beat writer Roy Cummings tweeted. Glennon has a chance to make a case for the starting job in the 2nd half.
QB Mike Glennon didn't appear to be a part of the Bucs' plans when the new regime arrived this offseason. QB Josh McCown was signed and immediately named the starter. Then Glennon reportedly went on the trade block. But the 2013 3rd-rounder has changed Tampa's minds over the past couple months. "We looked at all the tape of last year," GM Jason Lich said. "Having him in the building and going through that first minicamp with him and seeing how he was in meetings and interacted with the team -- and more importantly how he was on the field -- just secured our feelings of how we evaluated him and felt about him." The Bucs now consider Glennon their QB of the future, with McCown as the veteran bridge. Glennon is worth stashing in dynasty leagues.
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