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It’s Pryor, McGloin, then Flynn

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 5:01 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Unedited Raiders for Tuesday print

Terrelle Pryor will start against the San Diego Chargers Sunday night, with Matt Flynn dropping to the third team in favor of undrafted free agent Matt McGloin.

Coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday Pryor is free of the concussion symptoms that caused him to instead start Flynn in a 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins.

“I believe I’m 100 percent right now,’’ Pryor said.“I feel normal.’’

Flynn, on the other hand has hit a low point in his career just six months after being acquired by the Raiders in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to replace Carson Palmer at quarterback.

In the loss to the Redskins, Flynn had an interception returned 45 yards for a touchdown, absorbed seven sacks in large part due to indecision, lost a fumble and had another fumble that resulted in a change of possession on fourth down.

Allen, critical of Flynn following the loss, backed off somewhat during his Monday press conference, saying the defeat “was never about one guy.’’

During practice Wednesday, the guy the Raiders will pay $6.5 million this season on a restructured contract was watching McGloin take snaps with the second team.

Allen said he expected Flynn to continue to “battle and compete’’ but conceded, “It hasn’t’ worked out like we anticipated and we’ve got to make decisions and we’ve got to move forward.’’

McGloin signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State and beat out fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson of Arkansas to be the No. 3 quarterback.

An unimposing 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, McGloin has a business-like demeanor and said while he said he uses not being drafted as motivation, he doesn’t allow it to consume him.

“I try and improve each and every day and I do use that as fuel sometimes,’’ McGloin said.

Playing at Penn State while the program was in upheaval following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case and the death of former coach Joe Paterno, McGloin came into the NFL knowing something about adversity.

“Not too many people go through something like that,’’ McGloin said. “I’ve seen it all. In a way it’s helped me at this level. I’m still in touch with our head coach and my quarterbacks coach there and they’re constantly helping me.’’

Wide receiver Rod Streater, whose locker is next to McGloin’s, was an undrafted free agent out of Temple last season and a kindred spirit.

“He’s very accurate, he gets the ball where it needs to be and goes through reads pretty fast,’’ Streater said. “He’s been the underdog, soall he does is work and show up to get better every day.’’

Allen said McGloin has “moxie’’ and takes to football naturally.

“He just understands how to play the game and I don’t think it’s too big for him,’’ Allen said. “I think he’ll come in if he’s called upon to run the offense and he’ll do a good job.’’

– Fullback Marcel Reece (knee) was limited in practice and Allen said he could play some running back along with Rashad Jennings if Darren McFadden is out with a hamstring strain. McFadden did not practice and appears unlikely to face the Chargers.

The Raiders signed running back George Winn to the practice squad, an indication they don’t expect McFadden back any time soon. Winn was last with Cincinnati and has spent time in camp with New England and Houston.

– Center Stefen Wisniewski (knee) did not practice but Allen is hopeful he’ll be ready to play. If not, Andre Gurode would play center with Lamar Mady as the backup. Lucas Nix would be available to return at left guard.

– Wide receiver Andre Holmes practiced for the first time after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs

– Tackle Menelik Watson practiced for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery about a month ago. Sitting it out were strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), defensive tackle Stacy McGee (shoulder) and safety Charles Woodson (day off).

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  • eastoaklandraider

    has to be an injury to a qb on a good team for it to happen, like the Jasoup scenario.

  • RealTruRaider

    lol….wait that ain’t funny, you might be on to something

  • loyal

    Why didn’t Raiders trade straight across Flynn for Freeman? But………. who really would want Flynn?

  • Thec

    I am laughing as we speak.

    I envisioned total destruction of Mck…

    That was a not a good one, but a great one…

    Job well done…lol

  • the hilarious dr robert

    Oh good Lord.

  • Thec

    Flynn is worth a subway 6 inch.

  • eastoaklandraider

    I’m on board, just not settn myself up for another heartbreaking playoff lost, I look at it like if we win “hey a pleasant surprise”

  • 10centsworth

    slabbed with mustard.

  • Thec

    Need to come out against the disc, no huddle…

  • RaidingTexas

    And it does appear to be a woman. I truly am on to something.

    Slate @Slate3m

    RT @robertcostaNRO: RT @ABC#BREAKING: Source says female suspect reported dead on scene at U.S. Capitol.

  • eastoaklandraider

    and this is the playoffs by the way the intensity ratchets up a bit ya know.

  • Thec

    I dont know bro mustard may be extra.

  • plunkhead

    4,000 yard passer not named matt cassell. I thought he was worth a mid round draft pick, maybe at mid round prices

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    New Post

  • HELLSBELLS

    CAN BARLEY GET TO THE LINE WITH A HUDDLE, YOU THINK WE CAN PULL OFF THE NO HUDDLE?WOULD CONFUSE THE CRAP AT OF SD THOUGH,

  • plunkhead

    Elephants in four

  • JonGrand

    QBR eliminates meaningless yards and TDs during garbage time.

  • 10centsworth

    Hmmm, like the idea but the vision comes to me. Three and out…15 seconds off the clock. Our poor defense would have their tongues hanging out by the 2nd quarter.

  • RealTruRaider

    See ya in 30 min

  • the hilarious dr robert

    I know what it does.

    No such thing as garbage time in the nfl. A pass is a pass.

    Home runs in lopsided games shouldn’t count?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Go Raiders, Go Dubs…….And kiss the World Series ring

  • Papertiger

    You leave the TEs out of this!

  • 10centsworth

    Easy team to root for, IMO, they play TEAM ball, are gritty, LOVE to play ball, no ridiculous egos on board…guys most of us would love to play with. A’s don’t put up with no Barry default Bonds. Best minor league system in Baseball…forever…although at times they seem to be the minor league team for the Yankees.

  • Thec

    Right…lol

  • Just Fire Baby

    Tigers are favored tonight, and in the Series in the desert.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hah!

  • 10centsworth

    I think every team they’ve played this year was favored…that I mentioned. Nah, this teams for real and they just keep coming up with young pitchers throwing 95 MPH. They won the division last year and went into the playoffs with 4 rookie pitchers.

  • 10centsworth

    or was it 5.

  • 10centsworth

    Only way to have it. Kick butt, A’s.

  • xXRaider2DaHeartXx

    He basically said that flynn didnt get his chance like he was suppose to. Had a better pre season than Pryor 70% rating. Pryor didn’t do anything great to deserve the starting spot. Was it you?? Dont lie…

  • KoolKell

    That’s a damned lie.

  • the hilarious dr robert

    Yes. I said it was. I was asking u to tell what the response was. They basically said that it may be an unpopular opinion right now but that it was well thought out and supported and I may have a point. Am I lying?

  • Gdog

    You are correct oh picker of nits…

  • Nick Gancayco

    Players and coaches dont conplain because they can get fined, Or have even more bias against them. Everyone knows raiders dont get calls. Even all if my friends who are nijers fans tell me they see it

  • Rico Stifler

    Could be, but I don’t think that Pryor will ever the the passer that a franchise QB is.

  • Nick Gancayco

    O i agree he was makin too much. I’m just saying it looks like the loss if dhb is kinda hurting the offense more than anticipated. I remember in the offseason everyone hating on him talkin about streater being better and being a true #1. Like i said then. It’s different going against the other teams #3 or #4 corner or safety as opposed to their #1. I wonder if they offered him a payvut and he balked or they just cut him. Dont remember ver hearing about that

  • Rico Stifler

    The Saints don’t have the money to sign Graham to a long term deal. They are estimated to be almost 20M over the cap next year. No, I don’t think they have the space to sign Graham Long-term or even franchise him cuz he has taken more snaps lined up as a WR than as a TE, which would make him eligible to be tagged as a WR instead of TE. Being tagged as a WR would cost the Saints about 5M more than if he was tagged as a TE.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Thanks for showing up on cue, minion! Still soaking in your epic Flynn Faceplant (patent pending), which will follow you and your puppetmaster Peemore Bust for the rest of your blog dayz. HOLLA!

  • SharksA’sRaiders

    DA also finally put Rolando in his place.

  • JonGrand

    That’s interesting, because you were pretty dogmatic about how Pryor’s great passer rating against Denver was due to garbage time plays. Every QB looks good against a prevent defense. The reason why Rivers looked better in the second half than he did in the first against the Raiders. That’s why I believe QBR is a much more accurate measuring stick

  • JonGrand

    And the QBR doesn’t show who the best QBs are?

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    Don’t know why ur responding to a post from 6 days ago but the Pryor Brigade went on and in about how Palmer got his stats in garbage time. So I turned it around on them. They are a hypocritical lying bunch of idiots who pick and choose when to apply their bull crap ideas. I like toying with them.

  • JonGrand

    Understood