Mike Glennon will be lacking in options at tight end the same way Josh Freeman was during his three-game stint with the Buccaneers this season, as Glennon will be without the services of Tom Crabtree, who suffered a setback and will not play on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Schiano: VJax and Williams were limited. Crabtree is out and suffered a setback
— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) September 27, 2013
Crabtree appeared to be making good progress, and seemed ready to return. The Buccaneers even let go of recently promoted Danny Noble in a move that many thought indicated the improved health of the former Green Bay tight end. But a setback will keep him out, and keep Mike Glennon from having a more reliable pass-catching weapon over the middle of the field.
Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams’ limited practice time is concerning, as well, because Mike Glennon is going to find it very hard to cope with life in the NFL as a rookie starter without reliable receivers. Kevin Ogletree has proven to be a disappointment so far, and while Eric Page has shown some decent moments, it’s certainly too much to ask to thrust him into the role of primary receiving option with a rookie under center.
And even if Jackson and Williams play, they haven’t been working with Glennon in practice, and the chemistry there will be lacking. Just more room for concern heading into a pivotal game for the Buccaneers’ future as a franchise.