When the Raiders traded for Matt Schaub, it was a pretty good sign that Matt McGloin wouldn’t be starting at quarterback again this season.
When they drafted Derek Carr in the second round in May, it opened up the possibility that McGloin wouldn’t even be Schaub’s primary backup. That possibility moved a lot closer to reality during OTAs as Carr passed McGloin on the depth chart to move into the No. 2 job while continuing to mount a challenge to Schaub for the starting job. That’s left McGloin feeling “further along” than he was in 2013 without much way to show off an increased mastery of the Oakland offense.
“All I can do is stay positive, control what I can control and make the most of my reps and my opportunities when I get in there,” McGloin said, via the Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice. “Everything else is out of my hands. I’m just at the point where you’ve got to protect your job.”
McGloin started six games last season and finished the year with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in an overall performance that did more to make him look like a capable backup than a long-term answer as a starter. If he’s going to be a backup in Oakland, it looks like he’ll need to wait until Carr moves into the starting lineup, though.