Rookie glance: QB Matt McGloin

February, 21, 2014
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How acquired: Undrafted free agent

2013 season: Initialy a fourth-string training camp arm for the Oakland Raiders, the Penn State product worked his way up past fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson, expensive acquisition Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor to start six games, appearing in seven. McGloin’s skill set as more of a pure drop-back passer more closely resembled what the Raiders wanted to run on offense, and it showed ... early. McGloin’s first pass as an NFL starter went for a touchdown, and he threw eight touchdowns and was also intercepted eight times. McGloin threw for 1,547 yards on 55.9 percent passing, and had a passer rating of 76.1. His record as a starter was 1-5.

Looking ahead: While McGloin was replaced by Pryor for the season finale against the Denver Broncos, coach Dennis Allen said McGloin showed enough to have a future with the franchise. Now, does that mean he’s going to be the starter going forward? Not likely. In fact, Allen reiterated at the NFL combine that he was not sure next year’s starter was on the roster at this time. For the Raiders to truly upgrade the position, you’d probably see an established veteran starting with McGloin either the backup or No. 3 quarterback.

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: WR Brice Butler, DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Kasa, LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins and OG Lamar Mady.

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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