1,495

Signs pointing to McGloin as starter vs. Texans

Filed for print . . .
Terrelle Pryor was officially listed as questionable, but the Raiders were preparing Friday for undrafted rookie Matt McGloin to be the starting quarterback against the Houston Texans.

McGloin took all the first-team snaps, while Pryor, in terms of body language and performance during the media window, looked nothing like a quarterback ready to play Sunday when the Raiders visit Reliant Stadium.

“Obviously he wasn’t as good today as he was the day before,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow and we’ll make a decision.’’

If it’s determined Pryor won’t play, Allen said practice squad quarterback Tyler Wilson, the Raiders’ fourth-round draft pick, would be promoted to be the backup.

McGloin, who beat out Wilson to be the third quarterback behind Pryor and Matt Flynn then ascended to backup when Flynn was released, promised to be ready if called upon.

“I made the most of my reps and I thought I did pretty well this week,’’ McGloin said. “I thought we looked pretty good as a team. So we’ll just have to wait and see.’’

At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, the Raiders offense will have a more conventional look with McGloin at quarterback. Pryor, 6-foot-4 and 233 pounds, leads the Raiders with 504 yards rushing and 7.4 yards per carry.

“With Matt in there we’re probably not running as many read option plays and that type of stuff, but the basis of the offense and what we do is not a whole lot different,’’ Allen said.

Wide receiver Rod Streater complimented McGloin’s command of the huddle and said, “I think where he does a good job is in releasing the ball fast. He has a lot of zip to it. We know when we’re coming out of our break it will be right there.’’

The difference between Pryor and McGloin can in fact be measured in miles _ there are 265 of them between Jeannette, Pa., and Scranton, Pa., where both quarterbacks were high school stars.

While Penn State heavily recruited Pryor when both were seniors in high school, McGloin was asked to be a “preferred walk-on.’’

Pryor went to Ohio State, and McGloin eventually became the first quarterback who arrived without a scholarship (he received one as a sophomore) to be the Penn State starting quarterback since scholarships were reinstated at the school in 1949.

Mike DeAntona, McGloin’s football coach at West Scranton High School, said recruiters all had the same concern.

“Everybody would say, `If only he were 6-2,’ ‘’ said DeAntona said in a phone interview. “With schools not wanting to pull the trigger and by having Terrelle Pryor in our state, the cards didn’t line up for Matty.’’

A three-sport star at West Scranton, McGloin led his football team to two Class AAA championships and a division championship. He scored 1,300 points as a point guard for the basketball team and in baseball went 7-0 as a senior, hit better than .400, and led West Scranton to its first league title in 16 years.

The youngest of three brothers in a sports-minded family, DeAntona said McGloin is serious about preparation and added, “The quality that he has that I think everybody looks for in an athlete, particularly a quarterback, is he hates to lose.’’

Allen said McGloin has “a little bit of that `it’ factor you look for in a quarterback . . he’s got a lot of confidence in himself and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him.’’

After finishing his career at Penn State through the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, McGloin was recognized by a local representative on the floor of the Pennsylvania state house for his “daily grit and tenacity.’’

When McGloin signed with the Raiders after going undrafted, it was a different story.

`When he first got here he was just a camp arm and he’s just gone about his business on a day-in and day-out basis, not letting anything affect him,’’ Allen said.

– Running back Darren McFadden, safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder) and cornerback DJ Hayden (groin) are out and will not make the trip to Houston. Tackle Matt McCants (toe) and linebacker Kaluka Maiava (ribs) are questionable. Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski (ribs) and tackle Tony Pashos (illness) are probable.

  • Share/Bookmark

Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You sure that’s not just Southern pride Nawlins?

  • 0ak R8rs

    I forget honestly. But it was from an article a few months back. Don’t have a link. But I’m not making it up. Could have even been NFL radio honestly. Can’t remember. But he’s from the east coast. They were saying he wasn’t interested in resigning. Potentially.

  • SnBG

    No, say it isn’t so Joe.

  • nolarick

    Dude has the swagger and a mean streak a mile wide. I either want Manziel or Shane Falco!

  • 0tt0

    reggie tried signing him before the start of the season and veld said no…he wants to see what the open market will bring.

  • SnBG

    Hey Purvis, have to take my wife to the Pueblo of Buena Vista in a few minutes next to were we live. You would love this town, A true Mayan Village on the lake.

  • 2romes

    I need not see anything in this interview to say Pryor was holding back Olson’s play calling ability. Is there another interview you are referring to?

  • willy91137

    That’s why she’s your ex I think it but I never said it

  • nolarick

    From your lips to God’s ears

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I rarely watch College ball. I guess I’m going to have to check him out one of these days. Like what I hear, and 6’1 doesn’t bother me at all.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I saw that last time I took a virtual tour around Lake Bacalar(google satellite)

  • nolarick

    Next Saturday is J Football v. LSU. That ought to be a game to remember. I’m torn cause I’m a Tiger to the bone, but I really like J Football.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I will check that one out.

  • nolarick

    Stop with the reality checks. Let us bask in hope. It will most likely be crushed soon enough.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hey Willy. what kind of speech recognition software do you use?

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Open market on the East coast.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Mam, I don’t remember any of this and I don’t miss much Raider related news.

  • nolarick

    Thats assuming that TP2 has the requisite ability to audible out of anything. I don’t know if he does or not, but I can’t think of a time I’ve seen him do it.

  • willy91137

    Dragon for a wireless Mac if you don’t spell very good and you talk slow and pronounce your words this thing is twice as fast as typing

  • SnBG

    You can see my house and driveway as a white line on google. I’m on the point just north of BV. It will be the last little outline you see on the point. You can’t really see the house though. BBL

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    That’s why I’m prepping.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Mac and Dragon were way ahead of the curve several years ago. Haven’t looked into it recently. Was always intrigued and Mac was my first language. What kind of Mac you running?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    How come no one ever tells me there’s a new post? Don’t answer that.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Well, princess, like I said, I don’t have a link. But I’m not making it up. And I’ve talked about it here before. Just didn’t get much traction I suppose. I’m not confident we can retain either guy. Veldheer because he wants out. Houston because he’s asking for not than he’s worth. And btw, I wouldn’t expect Reggie to throw around the franchise tag indiscriminately. Pretty sure doing that w Houston WOULD guarantee him top 5 DT money in 2015. Wouldn’t be a very good move IMO.

  • SnBG

    Life in the FA, CBA NFL. I’ll look at the Veldheer thing as a rumor right now and I expect Houston and his agent will get real. The thing that concerns me is that even if Houston can’t get money out of Reg some dumb team will sigh him to big money like Miami did with Wheeler.

  • SnBG

    That one sounds good.

  • 10centsworth

    Ahhh, the good ol’ Daze.

  • SnBG

    I’m not predicting or speculating on the game tomorrow. I predicted a win last week and got burned. Just kidding. I bet we see better passing tomorrow.

  • SnBG

    Break out the Mocks.

  • SnBG

    Interesting about McGloin, he’s 6 1 and so is Manziel.

  • Guest

    If McGloin wins tommorrow prepare to reminisce the good ol Gradkowski days..

  • Rico Stifler

    The QBs expected to be available in FA are looking kinda weak. Cutler and Freeman are probably the top. Orlovsky and Clemens might be the best of the back up QBs in FA. Below are the expected FA QBs in 2014….. Who would you really want?

    PosPlayerFA StatusPrevious TeamCurrent TeamQBDerek AndersonUFACarolina PanthersFree AgentQBKellen ClemensUFASt. Louis RamsFree AgentQBJay CutlerUFAChicago BearsFree AgentQBPat DevlinRFAMiami DolphinsFree AgentQBMatt FlynnUFAGreen Bay PackersFree AgentQBJosh FreemanUFAMinnesota VikingsFree AgentQBRex GrossmanUFAWashington RedskinsFree AgentQBChad HenneUFAJacksonville JaguarsFree AgentQBShaun HillUFADetroit LionsFree AgentQBTarvaris JacksonUFASeattle SeahawksFree AgentQBJosh McCownUFAChicago BearsFree AgentQBLuke McCownUFANew Orleans SaintsFree AgentQBDan OrlovskyUFATampa Bay BuccaneersFree AgentQBCharlie WhitehurstUFASan Diego ChargersFree Agent

  • Rico Stifler

    Three pro bowls and 1 all-pro

  • Rico Stifler

    He is from Michigan. That is hardly East Coast….

  • 0ak R8rs

    It’s a 12 hour drive for me from PA. How long from Oakland, smart guy? And Michigan is about as contrary as you can get to California. Except maybe Minnesota. Semantics. He wants out of Oakland. Can’t blame him. It’s the crappiest city in the NFL, next to maybe Detroit. Which is ironically, in Michigan.

  • Rico Stifler

    I tried looking up anything that had to do with Veldheer not wanting to re-sign and could find nothing to substantiate your claims.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Me too. Couldn’t find anything. Could have been on NFL radio, Sirius. I don’t remember, but I don’t make stuff up. Heard it several months back.

  • Rico Stifler

    It’s not uncommon for players to want to wait til the season is over before they re-sign. Less distractions during the season that way. During the last few months, Veldheer has been focused on his injury and rehabbing and getting back on the field.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. It’s also not uncommon for a guy not to resign if he doesn’t want to resign. Read into it what you want. We will see next year.

  • 0ak R8rs

    And btw, I never said he’s ruled us out. I’m just saying from what I heard, he’s strongly considering getting back closer to home for his next contract. Not that he hates Oakland or anything.

  • funnyfalcon

    Are we talking about the LB or Pryor?

  • funnyfalcon

    Well, if he has to break containment on a rush 2-3 seconds after getting the ball in his hands (totally possible as we saw against the Giants) and he’s able to scramble, I really don’t think 5 seconds is so bad. Let’s also be honest that the bulk of his 5+ second holds fall into this category. Even detractors will agree with that.

    A couple things about Terrelle rolling to his right all the time:

    - He’s right handed, I would expect this.
    - Is the left tackle breaking down often enough to force him that way (sometimes, yes).

    I’m sure he’s more comfortable rolling to his right (he needs to fix this tendency), just as I’m sure he feels a lot of pressure from that side.

    Terrelle has been bad the past few weeks, no question, but right now we have nothing else. Should we draft QB? I don’t know, but we should stack our draft with more picks for sure and get some linemen, either in FA or through the draft because it won’t matter who’s back there if we can’t block.

  • funnyfalcon

    McGloin is more traditional for sure and will get the ball out faster when he’s able to. More touches for Reece would be a step in the right direction as well.

    Honestly, with so many question marks going into this season, I’m very surprised that the execution in the ground game has been so poor. You can limit the mistakes a “virtual rookie” QB can make by dedicating the offense to the run, but for some reason, it just isn’t happening either in game planning or in the game. Run blocking is an area where the o-line can also gain much needed confidence, so I hope we get into a situation where the game is in more control to stick with it.

    I really hope McGloin can lead this team and our running game gets off the skids. Sick of losing.

  • Bigmike34

    We have a much better chance to win with McGloin than we ever would have with Pryor…WHY…because McGloin can PASS Accurately and from the Pocket..
    Pryor is not and never will be an NFL QB….Take a Running QB like Vick…who can Run better than Pryor and can Pass Better than Pryor…and yet…his ability to Run has Hurt his ability to pass consistently…..and I believe Vick misses something in his Full understanding of the Basics Of being a Franchise QB and Field General…..PRYOR IS NOT A NFL PASSER..and Not a Student of the game the way the great QBs are …and have to be….
    Our team is Getting out of it’s doldrums of the past 10 Years…the Defense is much improved…and Capable of keeping us in Games…The Offensive Line has the basic Talent but has been decimated by injuries….But you can see the Improvements over previous Raider teams…
    In the last few years…..McGloin may or may not be the answer but the guy can Pass …Is a solid man of Character and is Football Smart….It would be huge for him to lead us to a win this Week

  • Bigmike34

    Willy….
    The truth of the matter was that in the old days with teams like the Raiders and Giants and Packers….IT WAS 3 YARDS AND A CLOWD OF BLOOD