Dose: Bucs Benching Glennon

Nick Mensio
Nick Mensio checks in on the Bucs' QB situation, Lamar Miller, Doug Martin, Adrian Peterson and others in Wednesday's Dose
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Mike Glennon announced on Tuesday that he’s being replaced at quarterback by Josh McCown this week against the Falcons. Coach love Smith strongly hinted at the move in Monday’s press conference, but it’s pretty pathetic that the quarterback himself had to be the first one to make it official before his head coach. It’s become pretty clear Lovie didn’t do much in his year off to refine his philosophy or assess himself after getting canned in Chicago. Not saying it’s the wrong move to go back to McCown, but the Bucs are 1-7. Why not continue to ride with Glennon and see if he can be counted on for a backup job in 2015? The Bucs have nothing to lose except draft position. We already know what McCown is. He’s a 35-year-old, weak-armed clipboard-holder.

The last time McCown was under center, in Week 3 against the Falcons, he completed 5-of-12 passes for 58 yards and one interception before hurting his thumb in the Bucs’ 56-14 blowout loss. He was actually a drain on Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. In McCown’s three starts at quarterback, Evans saw 18 targets and didn’t find the end zone. In four games with Glennon, Evans has seen 32 targets and cashed in four touchdowns. Evans has been pushing Jackson as Tampa’s No. 1 receiver. Hopefully McCown can find a way to get both Evans and Jackson the ball up top. McCown is nothing more than a low-end QB2. The Bucs should be eyeing Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston atop the 2015 draft.



In Other News…

Lamar Miller hurt his left shoulder at the end of the third quarter in last Sunday’s blowout win over the Chargers. He was seen wincing in pain on the sideline trying to raise his arm over his head and struggled to put his shirt on after the game. But it was later revealed he suffered a mere AC joint sprain. Miller practiced on Tuesday, and the Miami Herald reported “there’s a good chance” he plays Week 10 against the Lions. The Dolphins are simply saying Miller is “day-to-day.” At less than 100 percent against Detroit’s top defense coming off a bye, Miller will be a mid-range RB2.

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas suggests Doug Martin may be no higher than the No. 3 back in Tampa after he missed Week 9 with an ankle injury and Bobby Rainey continued to churn out yards. Charles Sims is now in the mix, as well, and is expected to play a big role Week 10 against the Falcons. Martin is averaging a pitiful 3.36 YPC on the year and looks nothing like his 2012 rookie-year self. He can safely be dropped in shallow leagues. Martin is likely not long for Tampa Bay.

We’ve had seven blurbs on Adrian Peterson since Sunday morning. It’s safe to say he’s the hottest topic early in the week. It appears there’s at least a decent chance Peterson could step on the field again in 2014. He accepted a plea deal on Tuesday, pleading no contest (aka guilty) to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault. Note that the plea will not include any reference to family violence or child-abuse. With Peterson all square with the courts, it’s now the NFL’s turn. It’s unclear if Peterson will get credit for “time served” after spending the past eight weeks on the Exempt list. Nobody really knows what’s going to happen here. All we do know is the Peterson is a top-five talent with fresh legs. He needs to be owned and stashed in all formats as a high-upside RB1 for the fantasy playoffs run.

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Quarterback & Running Back Slants

Eagles GM Howie Roseman, among others in the organization, reportedly had “soured” on Nick Foles before his Week 9 broken collarbone. … The Raiders are averaging just 65.5 rushing yards per game behind Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. That’d be the worst mark since 1946. We’d be all for Latavius Murray taking MJD’s carries. … Robert Griffin III says there’s “no doubt” he’s the Redskins’ quarterback of the future. … Free agent Mikel Leshoure worked out for the Bears. … Aaron Rodgers confirmed his hamstring is fine. … Free agent Terrell Pryor worked out for the Redskins. … Giovani Bernard remained sidelined at Tuesday’s practice. Jeremy Hill is fully expected to start Thursday night against the Browns. … Zach Mettenberger saw a ton of reps during the bye week. … Arian Foster (groin) is expected to be fine when the Texans return to action in Week 11. … C.J. Spiller (collarbone, short-term IR) hopes to be back for the playoffs, if the 5-3 Bills make it.

Wide Receiver & Tight End Slants

Seahawks signed TE Tony Moeaki. He hasn’t been healthy the past couple seasons. … The Redskins activated Leonard Hankerson (knee) from the PUP list. He’ll battle rookie Ryan Grant for snaps behind DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Andre Roberts. … Preston Parker suffered an ankle injury in Monday night’s loss to the Colts. … The Browns have yet to rule out Jordan Cameron (concussion) for Thursday night against the Bengals. Meanwhile, Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee) is a likely game-time decision. … Jermaine Gresham missed Tuesday’s practice with a knee issue. … Coach Mike Zimmer continues to express frustration with Cordarrelle Patterson. … Kenny Britt played 92.9 percent of the snaps in Week 9 as the Rams’ clear-cut new No. 1 receiver. … The Raiders consider TE Mychal Rivera a key piece of their future. He’s scored two touchdowns the past two weeks. … Donte Moncrief played just nine snaps before garbage time on Monday night.