Fans and the media have speculated on how many quarterbacks the Buccaneers would keep on the 53-man roster heading into 2013. On Friday head coach Greg Schiano revealed the team's plan and also gave updates on the players injured from the previous night's game.
Many assumed when fourth-string quarterback Adam Weber entered the game Thursday night for the Buccaneers against the Ravens, things didn’t bode well for Dan Orlovsky’s future.
But on Friday, during his afternoon past game news conference, head coach Greg Schiano made an interesting revelation about the Bucs plans for the 53-man roster.
“Well first thing, we plan on keeping three quarterbacks,” Schiano said. “You never know what can unfold, but that’s the plan. Obviously Dan Orlovsky is our third quarterback. We wanted to give Adam [Weber] a chance last night because we got him off [a] practice squad, and we never really got to see him play. So we wanted an opportunity to see that.”
Weber’s game on Thursday night was a nightmare for the former Golden Gopher quarterback. Weber’s first pass of the night was intercepted and led to a Ravens touchdown, and on the night Weber finished a disastrous 2-of-6 passing for just seven yards and two interceptions.
Rookie Mike Glennon didn’t wow anyone himself Thursday night (11-for-23, 169 yards and one interception), but Schiano seemed pleased with his backup’s performance.
“He did a good job for his first outing,” Schiano said. “He had a quote, he said ‘I thought my first play might be a safety.’ It got a little dicey there, but that’s one thing he does well, he keeps his cool, and he was able to find [tight end] Tom [Crabtree] open. I thought he did a good job running the operation, a really good job. I thought that we need to continue to work on all of the finer details that go along with playing quarterback in the pass game. There’s just so much that NFL defenses do that college defenses don’t. Mike is only going to get more comfortable. The thing that you can’t teach is that composure. I’m thrilled the way that he handled it.”
In other news form the day-after-game press conference, Schiano spoke about the injuries suffered against Baltimore.
“Danny Gorrer had a groin [injury] and he may have aggravated it a little bit,” Schiano said. “Peyton Hillis, we’re waiting to see. He has kind of a leg bend, [in the] knee and thigh area and we’re going to see what it is, if it’s serious or not, don’t know that yet. I don’t think- but I’d be speculating now, I don’t think it’s that.”
The Buccaneers return to the practice field on Saturday in an open to the public workout at 10:10 a.m. then are off Sunday. The team will practice Monday morning before leaving for New England where they will have joint practices with the Patriots before next Friday’s preseason game at Gillette Stadium.
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