Undrafted rookie free agent Matt McGloin has continued his meteoric rise to become the number two quarterback on the Oakland Raiders roster. Not only did McGloin go undrafted but he wasn’t even invited to the NFL draft combine. During mini-camps McGloin was nothing but an afterthought, who had just as much of a chance to make the team as training camp leg Eddie Carmona. However, after a stellar preseason McGloin beat out 4th round pick Tyler Wilson for the final quarterback spot.
The scrappy Scranton kid McGloin has proven that there is no limit on how far he can go in his NFL career. Obviously, McGloin is still the second best quarterback on the Raiders roster but Terrelle Pryor’s playing style makes him susceptible to injury. It looks as though Pryor will be the Raiders quarterback for the foreseeable future but that does not mean McGloin is not an important piece in the Raiders future.
Most teams with mobile quarterbacks like Pryor have had great backup quarterbacks on their 53 man roster. When Michael Vick was running around the field in Atlanta, the Falcons had Matt Schaub holding the clipboard behind Vick. In Washington, the Redskins have the dynamic Kirk Cousins backing up Robert Griffin III.
Now that McGloin has surpassed the atrocious Matt Flynn on the depth chart, expect McGloin to see the field this season. The Raiders are going through a complete rebuild this year so they should let McGloin see some action even if Pryor doesn’t go down with injury.
The Raiders need a player like Matt McGloin to become a leader on the team. Throughout his life McGloin has been doubted as he was a walk-on at Penn State, not invited to NFL combine, and not picked in the NFL draft. Throughout the last decade the Raiders have been the laughing stock of the NFL but McGloin can help turn that hate into motivation.