TAMPA — Mike Glennon’s second day as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting quarterback went a lot like his first, which is to say he spent it throwing exclusively to receivers not named Vincent Jackson or Mike Williams.
The Bucs’ top two receivers remained sidelined because of injuries — Jackson has sore ribs, Williams a sore hamstring — but Williams doesn’t think their absence from practice will matter much on Sunday.
“We haven’t practiced together with Mike this week, but it’s not like we haven’t practiced with him before,’’ Williams said. “Sometimes the (quarterback) snaps are divided 50-50, so we’ve practiced with him before. What we haven’t done is had a Sunday with him before.’’
Glennon will replace Josh Freeman under center on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Though Jackson’s status for the game is uncertain, Williams is confident he will play.
Who would replace Jackson is uncertain. Eric Page, who has handled punt and kick return duties, stepped in after Jackson left in the second half against New England and caught three passes for 55 yards.
Page likely would replace Jackson again, if necessary, as part of a receiving corps that could include Kevin Ogletree, Russell Shephard and Jeff Demps.
“You have to go with the guys you’re practicing with,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “And if Vincent and Mike are well, then they’ll play.
“They do have cumulative reps together. Would it be better if they spent the whole week working together? Sure, but it’s often that you don’t get reps with guys because that’s the nature of the beast.”
Getting better all the time
Pro Bowl RG Davin Joseph has been back in the lineup for close to a month after recovering from a 2012 knee injury. While Schiano thinks Joseph has played well, he doesn’t think Joseph has regained his Pro Bowl form.
“Is he back to his old self? I don’t think so,’’ Schiano said. “He just hasn’t had enough reps yet. But I do think he’s playing at a high level and now the job is just to shine it up.’’
Pro Bowl LG Carl Nicks has been back in the lineup for a week aftering being sidelined by a staph infection, so is nowhere near his old form. Schiano is convinced, though, Nicks is as tough as he’s ever been.
“He’s still playing his way back into physical condition, but that tells you how tough he is because he’s pushed through some discomfort,’’ Schiano said. “ If you can imagine not playing much and missing a lot of practice, then going out and playing an NFL football game, he is one tough guy.”
If he grew his hair out and put on a pair of 1980s-style aviator eye glasses, Glennon would look a lot like Napoleon Dynamite, the title character in a popular 2004 comedy film. That, at least, is what Glennon’s teammates think.
The rookie quarterback has nicknamed Napoleon Dynamite for his resemblance to the character . One teammate thought Glennon should have played along with it Wednesday during his first news conference as the starting quarterback.
“I told him, ‘You should have worn the Pedro shirt like on Napoleon Dynamite,’’’ CB Darrelle Revis said. “At first, he was like, ‘What?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, Napoleon Dynamite.’ He was like, ‘Oh, OK.’ He kind of got the joke late.’’
With 12 sacks through three games, the Bucs are on pace to surpass their 2012 total of 27 by the midway point in this season. Linebackers have accounted for half of the sacks, but that doesn’t bother DT Gerald McCoy.
The improvement, he said, is largely the result of players not concerning themselves with individual sack totals.
“There’s been too much individualism in the past here, everybody trying to get their sack,’’ said McCoy, who has one sack this season. “This year, it’s more guys trying to do what they’re supposed to do and the plays just come when everybody does their job.”