Friday, December 6, 2013
Green Day: Jets ready for McElroy 'twin'
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rookie quarterback Matt McGloin is expected to start Sunday for the Oakland Raiders, but the dangerously mobile Terrelle Pryor could play, too. The New York Jets say they'll be ready for both.
"We have two game plans," defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said. "One for their Greg McElroy and one for Terrelle Pryor."
"Doesn't [McGloin] look like McElroy to you?" Thurman asked. "He looks just like McElroy to me."
McElroy is, of course, the former Jets quarterback, currently on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad. Asked if he believes McElroy and McGloin are similar because of their physical appearance (both have red hair) or because of their playing ability, Thurman cracked, "No, this kid [McGloin] is pretty good."
Meaning McElroy isn't?
"Well, one's starting and one's not," Thurman said. "Just speaking the facts."
McGloin, undrafted out of Penn State, has started the last three games. His numbers in those starts aren't bad -- 55-for-94, 712 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions and a 87.7 passer rating. He began as the No. 4 quarterback in training camp and worked his way up the depth chart, much like the Jets' Matt Simms -- except McGloin is, you know, starting.
Pryor won the job out of the preseason, but he hurt his knee Nov. 17 at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants. He's healthy and could be used in a situational role -- e.g., in a read-option package. The Raiders' top two running backs, Darren McFadden (ankle) and Rashad Jennings (concussions), might not play, so Pryor could be a key for the Raiders. The man is explosive. Pryor has rushed for 504 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown.
McElroy can't do that.
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