The Buccaneers will supposedly host a quarterback battle in training camp between Josh McCown and Mike Glennon. However, McCown is fully expected to be the starter, and he better be the starter if he can live up to the comparison that Bucs linebacker Jonathan Casillas put on him Friday.
"It's a strong comparison, but he reminds me of Drew [Brees], not just the way he throws the ball, but his approach to the game. The first one in, last one out, he's always around," Casillas said. "He's very communicable, very personable, and you can tell he's a born leader. You know, he's not even trying to do much now, but people are following him, just his approach to the game."
Casillas played with Brees in New Orleans from 2009-12, so he is very familiar with how the former Super Bowl MVP operates.
Larry Fitzgerald, a former teammate of McCown's also lauded the quarterback's leadership recently. That's great for the Bucs, rather meaningless for fantasy owners.
McCown was brilliant while filling in for an injured Jay Cutler last year as he threw 11 touchdowns and just one interception in five starts. He'll enjoy throwing to some tall receivers in Tampa Bay, just as he did in Chicago. Vincent Jackson , Tim Wright, rookie wideout Mike Evans, and rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins are all at least 6-foot-4-inches tall. The major unknown is what kind of offense new OC Jeff Tedford will bring to the Buccaneers. Will he be a run-first play-caller, or will he lean on the passing game like Bears head coach Marc Trestman did with McCown last year? We'll try to get a clue during the preseason, but McCown is just a mid-range QB2 for now. Let's not forget that he was a run-of-the-mill backup with a very unimpressive résumé before stepping out of the shadows in 2013.