The Oakland Raiders haven’t been one of the better teams in the NFL in the 2013 season throughout the entire season, though their starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor has certainly provided several entertaining moments. When Pryor went down with a knee injury, though, the Raiders were forced to go with rookie Matt McGloin, which seemingly wasn’t a positive thing for this team.
After his second career start in week 12 against the Tennessee Titans, though, McGloin has actually been quite solid. Even in a 23-19 loss to the Titans on Sunday, McGloin still completed 19 of his 32 passing attempts for 260 yards, finding the end-zone once, though he was also picked off once as well.
Over his two starts, McGloin’s numbers are surprisingly and quietly impressive. He’s completed 37 of his 64 attempts while throwing for four touchdowns and just one interception. That’s not bad for an undrafted rookie and a backup for a sub-par team in the NFL with their best receiving weapon out of action in Denarius Moore.
Going forward, I still believe that Pryor is the best option for the Raiders when he’s healthy. His elite athleticism and playmaking ability in the open field with his legs offers Oakland a dynamic in their offense that McGloin simply doesn’t. However, with Pryor playing that style and leaving himself somewhat susceptible to injury, having McGloin as their backup may be a positive thing for them going forward.
McGloin will certainly need more opportunities to prove himself if he wants to earn a starting position with the Raiders or elsewhere in the league. However, you also can’t deny that, if he’s going to end up doing just that, he’s off to a solid start to build off of after his first two starts for Oakland.