BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Mike Glennon was backed up against his own goal line against the defending Super Bowl champs when he took his first snap in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform four years ago.
The former third-round pick had tagged in for Josh Freeman at the end of the first quarter and faced about the most daunting situation possible for a rookie quarterback, even in a less intense atmosphere of a preseason game. We’ll let Glennon explain what happened on that play:
“I dropped back and my first read wasn’t there and I thought I was going to get sacked in the end zone,” Glennon said. “I remember flashing like, oh my God. And there was a guy open and it went for like 60, 70 yards. So it was kind of a good way to settle in and be going. It’s definitely a different experience going from college to the pros that first time.”
That player was tight end Tom Crabtree, and the play went for 61 yards. Glennon went on to complete 11 of 23 passes for 169 yards — with one interception and no touchdowns — in his preseason debut.
With Mitch Trubisky readying himself to see a good amount of snaps Thursday against the Denver Broncos, Glennon offered up some advice for the No. 2 pick going into his first (preseason) game.
“I think just the biggest thing is, you belong in this league,” Glennon said. “You don’t really know until you do it, and then once you do it you finally realize it. So just go out there, play like you have your whole life and you’ll be fine.”