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Mr. McGloin Goes to Washington

Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was passed on in last weekend’s NFL Draft, but that does not mean his NFL dream has ended. On Tuesday, the Scranton signal caller announced that he would be participating in the Washington Redskins’ rookie mini-camp beginning on Thursday.

McGloin does not have a formal contract offer from the Redskins, but hopes to impress head coach Mike Shanahan and company enough to earn one and a roster spot for training camp in July. The move has not been officially announced by the Redskins yet, but McGloin’s representatives, Atlas Strategies, released a statement confirming McGloin’s tweet.

According to McGloin’s agent Mark Magazu, eight different teams offered to bring McGloin in and one offered him an undrafted rookie contract, but McGloin respectfully declined and saw Washington as a more “plausible” route into earning a roster spot.

“Matt was grateful for the offer, but the team had clearly established quarterbacks at all levels which would have made pathways difficult for Matt to catch on,” said Magazu. “It was a gamble, but we think a wise one. Our goal is to help Matt find opportunities that provide clear and plausible pathways for success with an NFL team.”

If the Redskins do not offer McGloin a contract at the end of camp, he will attend camp next week with another team, the statement said.

McGloin will look to compete in a quarterback group that includes veteran Rex Grossman, second-year player Kirk Cousins, and former West Virginia scrambler Pat White and, of course, Heisman Trophy winner and Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III.

“It’s definitely exciting, and like I said, the process is very difficult, and you have to look at a lot of things like the quarterbacks there now, their needs, and the system,” McGloin told Pennlive. “It’s a great place, and close to home, so I’m going to go down there and do the best I can.”

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Sam Cooper

Sam is a senior originally from Newtown, PA who majors in print journalism and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. His athletic peak was age 11 so he decided to grow a beard and write about sports instead.

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