Matt McGloin Reportedly Impressing Raiders
Matt McGloin, recently signed by the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted following his strong senior campaign, is reportedly making a push up the depth chart. Chris Mortensen, ESPN’s NFL insider, said on NFL 32 that McGloin was making a strong impression on the organization’s higher-ups and pressuring his competition for the backup quarterback spot in Oakland.
“He’s actually made a huge impression in the first two weeks of OTAs, to the point where he’s pushing Tyler Wilson and Terrelle Pryor,” said Mortensen. “So watch out for Matt McGloin to climb up the depth chart if he continues this.”
The starting quarterback position in Oakland is seemingly locked up with recent acquisition Matt Flynn holding the spot. The Raiders traded for Flynn after parting ways with veteran quarterback Carson Palmer, but Flynn is not by any means an established NFL starter at quarterback, and if he struggles, it would not be a surprise to see Oakland turn to the next guy on their depth chart.
If what Mortensen reported is accurate, McGloin has put himself in position to be that guy and take the second spot on the Raiders depth chart if he can keep his play consistent and overshadow his competition.
Terrelle Pryor, drafted in the third round by Oakland in 2011, is his primary competition. Pryor came from Penn State rival Ohio State where he won a Rose Bowl before withdrawing from the school after a scandal involving improper benefits. He has been underwhelming in his two years in Oakland and has reportedly not showed any signs of improvement so far this offseason.
Tyler Wilson, former Arkansas quarterback drafted in the fourth round this year, is the fourth quarterback in Oakland. Through the early portion of organized team activities, Wilson has done nothing to establish himself as being worthy of that backup quarterback spot.
While it is still early and there is a lot of offseason to go, it is encouraging to hear that McGloin is already making a name for himself in Oakland. If he keeps up this kind of play in practice, we might get a chance to see him take some snaps during the preseason with the Raiders’ second or third-team offense.