Marcus Mariota joined teammates De’Anthony Thomas and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in the most recent Top 32 NFL draft prospect rankings written by ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. Mariota cracked McShay’s list for the first time, coming in at number 23 as the third-highest ranked quarterback behind Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater (2) and UCLA’s Brett Hundley (6). Mariota has completed 59.8 percent of his passes this year and has 11 total touchdowns without throwing an interception. Thomas (ranked 21st) is the only running back inside McShay’s Top 32, while Ekpre-Olomu (27) is the second cornerback behind Florida’s Loucheiz Purifoy (24).
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that rookie quarterback Mike Glennon will get the nod over Josh Freeman when the team plays host to the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. Glennon was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round of this year’s NFL draft and will take his first NFL snap against an Arizona defense that ranks 26th in passing yards allowed.
This is Freeman’s fifth season with Tampa Bay. The former first-round pick out of Kansas State ranks last among starting quarterbacks with a 45.7 completion percentage this season.
After being carted off the field following a gruesome leg injury during Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been diagnosed with a torn medial patellofemoral ligament. The 21-year-old is expected to require 6-to-8 weeks of rest before being allowed to begin light running. There was initial fear that Machado had suffered a torn ACL, so all things considered, his diagnosis is considered to be a favorable outcome.
The third overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft finished the 2013 season with a .283 batting average, 14 home runs and 51 doubles.