By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on August 23, 2014
Week 3 is perhaps the best week in preseason because it is the week where starters play the most. Another good thing about Week 3 is that it's the last game before roster cuts. That being said, this is the last chance for many players to prove their worth to the coaches. The Oakland Raiders lost to the Green Bay Packers, but there were plenty of things to take away from the game.
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After being the starter for the most part of last year, Matt McGloin has fallen out of favor with rookie Derek Carr coming into the quarterback picture. Despite being seen as a third-string by many, McGloin was 10 for 17 with 162 passing yards and two touchdowns. While those numbers aren't eye-opening, they are productive and McGloin is showing the coaching staff that he is capable of being the starter.
Besides a few big plays from Maurice Jones-Drew, this running game had a ton of problems. The Raiders want to control the ball more this year and if they want to do that, they will need to get better in the running game. By having a consistent running game, it makes it easier for the quarterback to work in the pocket. This is something that needs to improve.
The quarterback competition in Oakland has basically come down to Matt Schaub and Carr. Many thought Schaub had the competition wrapped up, but Oakland's matchup against the Packers must have Raider fans asking questions. Schaub was 13 for 27 and he never looked comfortable in the pocket.
I said the other day how Khalil Mack is going to be something special. Not only can he get after the quarterback, but Mack can intercept passes, which makes him even more dangerous. Against the Packers, Mack had an interception and four tackles. The Raiders will likely use him as a rotational player in his first year, but Mack has an extremely unique skillset.
After a two-touchdown performance against the Packers, Brice Butler now has three touchdowns in this preseason. Outside of James Jones, this receiving group is very young and inexperienced. With his play so far, Butler is probably a lock for the roster, but if he keeps playing like this, the Raiders will have to see what he can do in the regular season.
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