QB Matt McGloin has taken advantage of his opportunities thus far.
When a quarterback isn’t invited to the Scouting Combine and goes undrafted, chances are low that he will see playing time.
Former Penn State Nittany Lions QB Matt McGloin was fighting for a spot on the Oakland Raiders’ roster during training camp. He beat out rookie QB Tyler Wilson and veteran QB Matt Flynn (who was released in the regular season).
McGloin was Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor’s second stringer. Pryor electrified the offense in the infancy of the regular season, but the energy faded. Pryor was injured, and the undrafted rookie seized the starting reigns.
In his first NFL start, McGloin faced the Houston Texans. The Texans have the NFL’s top pass defense, but regardless McGloin launched three touchdowns and zero picks while going 18-32 for 197 yards.
McGloin will start for Oakland this week regardless of Pryor’s health, per the team’s official Twitter account.
HC Dennis Allen names @McGloinQB11 starting quarterback for Sunday’s game vs Tennessee.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 20, 2013
If McGloin rallies the 4-6 Raiders to a handful of wins and continues to limit turnovers, he should be the starter in 2014 and beyond.