I’m not the least bit ashamed to admit to you that I stayed up late on Friday night watching an Oakland Raiders preseason football game against Dallas. And it wasn’t just the first couple of series where you recognize the players. I made it well into the 3rd quarter. The reason, of course, was the NFL debut of Matt McGloin, who was picked up by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent, and has already been making waves (the good kind) in training camp.
McGloin entered shortly after halftime following a Raiders interception, going 1 for 2 on his opening drive, before Oakland settled for a field goal. As our good friend Evil Bill O’Brien tweeted, it was almost as if he figured he would have an additional down to work with. His second drive began with a 40 yard pass to Brice Butler, and ended 4 plays later with a 30 yard touchdown strike to Butler. All told, McGloin went 4 for 7 for 78 yards and that touchdown. That would be the only touchdown drive any of the raiders 4 quarterbacks would lead.
Matt Flynn seems likely to be the Raiders starter, but McGloin had already passed Tyler Wilson on the depth chart prior to the game, and did nothing to relinquish that spot as the 4th round draft pick from Arkansas struggled in his debut. Next in McGloin’s sites is a familiar foe, Terrelle Pryor, who currently sits 2nd behind Flynn on the depth chart. As Bill O’Brien once told the media, never bet against Matt McGloin.
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