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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Matt McGloin pushing Oakland Raiders quarterbacks on depth chart?

Matt McGloin Penn StateMatt McGloin signed with the Oakland Raiders last month as an undrafted free agent, and the former Penn State quarterback reportedly was impressive in organized team activities.

Appearing on ESPN’s “NFL 32″ on Monday, Chris Mortensen said McGloin impressed during the 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,” Mortensen reported, per Rotoworld. “So watch out for Matt McGloin to climb up the depth chart if he continues this.”

McGloin was a former walk-on at Penn State and split time at quarterback with Rob Bolden in 2010 and 2011. He was the team’s full-time starter last season and threw for 3,271 yards, 24 touchdowns, and five interceptions during an 8-4 season.

As Evan Silva points out at Rotoworld, McGloin making a push on the Raiders’ quarterback depth chart says a lot about the lack of quarterbacking talent for the Raiders. Oakland has Matt Flynn, Terrell Pryor, and fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson on the depth chart. There were previous reports that Wilson was looking good and pushing Flynn for the job. If all four of these guys are that close together, then that can’t mean good things for the Raiders for the upcoming season.

I still think that Flynn will end up starting, but I am having doubts about how good he will be. I thought he was going to be a good quarterback when he signed with Seattle, but he understandably was beaten out by Russell Wilson, who developed into a star in his rookie season. I think Flynn can be an average quarterback, but that won’t be enough to send Oakland to the postseason any time soon.



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