Heading into the 2014 campaign, it looks like Oakland Raiders sophomore quarterback Matt McGloin might be destined for a season spent on the bench. However, seeing as he earned six starts as an undrafted rookie in 2013, it seems a little early for the Raiders to throw in the towel.
Well fear not, because McGloin is far from done as an NFL quarterback.
While the Raiders might have gone out and upgraded the quarterback position this offseason with the additions of veteran Matt Schaub and rookie Derek Carr, McGloin still has an opportunity to earn a role in Oakland. Unfortunately, it might mean spending considerable team wearing a headset and holding a clipboard.
McGloin is likely headed for No. 3 duties this season, but could easily solidify his standing as the Raiders’ long-term backup quarterback with a strong showing during training camp and the preseason. The 32-year-old Schaub isn’t going to be around forever, which will soon open up an opportunity for McGloin to lock down the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.
Once Schaub is out of the picture, Carr should take over as the Raiders’ face of the franchise. The team didn’t use an early second-round pick on the Fresno State product for him to spend an extended amount of time on the bench. With Carr in the starting role, McGloin could step into the backup job and stay there for the foreseeable future.
McGloin might not be a top quarterback prospect with a rocket for an arm and the athleticism to move the chains with his feet, but he’s a smart, driven player who uses intelligence, preparation and solid accuracy to counteract his physical shortcomings. He showed enough game management ability with the occasional big play last year to prove that he’s NFL worthy.
Basically, he has enough talent to be a solid backup plan for the Raiders. He has starting experience if injuries force him into action, and offers the intelligence and leadership to be an asset in the film room and locker room.
For an undrafted free agent who was barely a blip on the NFL radar a year ago, it seems like McGloin has done well for himself. The Raiders found a keeper.