Run silent, run deep
The move to Mike Glennon was expected to rob the Bucs of some mobility at the quarterback position. Through three games, though, Glennon has proved to be even more mobile than his predecessor, Josh Freeman.
Including his season-high 16-yard run two weeks ago against Philadelphia, Glennon has run six times for 32 yards. Freeman ran five times for 20 yards during his three starts.
“I was messing with him after the (Eagles) game, saying, 'Man, I didn't know you could run like that,'” LT Donald Penn said of Glennon. “I told him, 'Man, you should do that more often.'”
By the numbers
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy has registered only two sacks this year, but according to ProFootballFocus his pass-rush productivity is as good as almost any defensive tackle in the league. With seven quarterback hits and 19 hurries, McCoy has a pass rush rating of 28, which is the combination of sacks, hits and hurries. Only Detroit's Ndamukong Suh, with a rating of 35, is better.
Did you know?
Glennon completed 76 of 130 passes in his first three games — the most completions and attempts by any quarterback in his first three games in NFL history. Glennon's five touchdown passes in his first three starts ties Indianapolis's Andrew Luck for the most by a rookie in his first three starts.
For the Bucs, RB Jeff Demps (groin surgery) and LG Carl Nicks (MRSA) are out for Thursday's game. RB Doug Martin (shoulder) did not participate in practice on Tuesday, while S Dashon Goldson (knee), WR Chris Owusu (foot), S Keith Tandy (concussion) and WR Mike Williams (hamstring) were limited. CB Mike Adams (knee), S Mark Barron (hip), DE Da'Quan Bowers (toe), TE Tom Crabtree (ankle), G Davin Joseph (knee) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) participated fully.
Notably for the Panthers, TE Greg Olsen (foot) and LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring) and WR Brandon LaFell (knee) participated fully after being limited on Monday.
Quote of the day
“I guess it does. I mean, it is national TV. So, I'd be lying if I said it doesn't. But is that our focus? No. We just want to win.” – Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, on whether playing the Thursday night game on NFL Network provides more incentive to win
Thursday: Carolina, 8:25 p.m.
Nov. 3: at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 11: Miami, 8:40 p.m.
Nov. 17: Atlanta, 1 p.m.