Undrafted rookie free agent Matt McGloin looked like a grizzled veteran in his first professional football game for the Oakland Raiders. The scrappy Scranton kid looked light years ahead of fellow rookie Tyler Wilson and if the trend continues Reggie McKenzie will have no choice but to keep McGloin on the 53 man roster.
The former walk-on at Penn State was not even invited to the NFL combine so his emergence is surprising to everyone. McGloin was an after-thought after mini-camp, but his solid in play at training camp has turned some heads. Having a solid training camp is one thing but looking unrattled in front of thousands of rabid Raider fans is another.
McGloins third quarter touchdown drive was capped off by an amazing catch by fellow promising rookie Brice Butler. McGloin finished his night going 4-7 for 78 yards and a touchdown. What made McGloin’s night look even better was the terrible night by 4th round pick Tyler Wilson. Wilson looked uncomfortable the whole night and he definitely played like a fourth string quarterback.
If McGloin can keep up the torrid pace over the next three pre-season games and training camp, he will be an Oakland Raider come September. What will the Raiders do with four quarterbacks? Terrelle Pryor looked solid despite an errant interception in the end zone. Not only did Pryor break runs in the read option and pistol offenses, but he also looked sharp throwing the ball. There are a few teams that could use a player like Pryor to run their style of offense, so it would not be a total shock if Pryor plays himself into a trade.