It’s rare for a No. 4 quarterback to have a legitimate shot at making an NFL roster. Apparently Matt McGloin didn’t get the memo.
Since signing with the Oakland Raiders, undrafted rookie McGloin has made quite the impression on the silver and black coaching staff. The former Penn State standout shined during rookie minicamp, and continues to tear it up during OTAs.
“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,” ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said. “So watch out for Matt McGloin to climb up the depth chart if he continues this.”
Physically underwhelming by NFL standards, McGloin went undrafted due to limited athleticism, average arm strength and his 5’11’’ frame. Despite his lack of prototypical NFL tools, the former Nittany Lion has all of the attributes that make him a player worth rooting for.
McGloin was the first walk-on in Penn State history to nail down the starting quarterback gig, which he held for three seasons. During that time, he showed considerable improvement each season, taking the biggest step during his senior season. While the school was suffering from the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, McGloin helped carry his team and kept their minds on football. He showed leadership, composure and NFL-caliber accuracy throughout the 2012 campaign.
With the Raiders’ quarterback depth chart a complete mystery, McGloin has the perfect opportunity to beat the odds and see some playing time during his rookie season.
Offseason acquisition Matt Flynn is expected to handle the starting duties, but is on a short leash and might hit the bench if he struggles early. Wilson, another rookie, is unproven and hasn’t made much noise during OTAs. Pryor is an athletic passer with poor accuracy and an inability to make quick decisions out on the field. The pieces appear to be in place for McGloin to steal the show.
It’s early in the offseason with training camp still on the docket, but it appears that McGloin’s push for a roster spot is going strong. If the Penn State product can continue to shine and put all the intangibles to work during training camp, GM Reggie McKenzie might have snagged the biggest steal of undrafted free agency.