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McGloin named starter for Titans game, Hayden’s season done

ALAMEDA – The blossoming career of undrafted free agent Matt McGloin kicked into high gear Wednesday at about the time the Raiders announced that first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden’s rookie season ended.
Hayden, the prized pick of Oakland’s draft class, was placed on season-ending injured reserve as a result of a groin injury he suffered two weeks ago. He underwent surgery for a sports hernia Tuesday, coach Dennis Allen said.
Meanwhile, Allen tabbed McGloin as the Raiders starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, in large part because of how well McGloin played in his first NFL start last Sunday.
“Matt McGloin earned the right to get another opportunity to start,” Allen said.
McGloin completed 18 of 32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns against the Houston Texans last Sunday in one of the more impressive starting debuts in NFL history.
He played only because of a sprained right knee that has hobbled Pryor since Nov. 3.
Allen and Pryor said that Pryor’s knee remains an issue. It’s conceivable that Pryor will be the primary backup Sunday, as long as his knee gets stronger.
“I play a certain way and I just got to be a little bit more healthy to do that,” Pryor said of his heavy reliance upon running and moving around in the pocket.
Pryor practiced Wednesday, but he was limited because of his injury. He said he is receiving extra treatment at home but there’s still discomfort.
Allen made the decision to go with McGloin after meeting with Pryor. Everyone seems onboard with Allen’s decision.
“You get hurt, other guys play well, why not continue with it?” Pryor said. “I don’t blame coach. I’m a team player. I’ll be doing the looks for the corners, writing up a report for McGloin and helping the best that I can. I’m hoping that he has a lot of success.”
McGloin doesn’t lack for confidence, which is part of what endears him to Allen and McGloin’s teammates.
He said he isn’t sure what to expect long term but, for now, he feels as if he’s the right person for the job.
“It’s a performance-based business and, at the end of the day, you have to perform to play,” McGloin said. “We did play well last week. Coach is doing the right thing sticking with what we had and seeing what happens.”
Pryor understands the business side of the NFL. After all, he earned the starting job in training camp by outperforming Matt Flynn, Tyler Wilson and McGloin.
He said his focus now is on getting healthy, finding ways to get better and helping McGloin succeed.
Pryor started eight of Oakland’s first nine games, with Flynn replacing Pryor for one game after Pryor suffered a concussion.
Flynn since has been released and McGloin has burst on to the scene as an intriguing prospect at an unsettled position. That coincided with a precipitous drop in production by Pryor.
In Pryor’s first four games, he completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 845 yards and four touchdowns, with two interceptions and 11 sacks.
However, he completed only 50.8 percent of his passes for 714 yards in the past four games, with one touchdown, eight interceptions and 18 sacks.
McGloin has made the most of his chances at every stop during his football career. He knows full well that the pressure is on to show that his play against the Texans wasn’t an aberration.
“As long as I play well, I would hope I get more and more opportunities to start,” McGloin said. “But the main thing being there is playing well. We know what it takes. Last week, obviously we did a great job. Hopefully we can continue that.”
Wide receiver Rod Streater said he and his teammates are all-in with McGloin.
“We have a lot of confidence in him,” Streater said. “He came out very poised, made a lot of plays for us and helped us win the game. … We just got to go with the changes.”

– Running back Darren McFadden (hamstring), receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) and defensive end Jason Hunter (foot) did not practice Wednesday.
Receiver Andre Holmes (shoulder), guard Mike Brisiel (knee) and defensive tackle Daniel Muir (knee) practiced two days after they underwent MRI exams for their injuries.
Allen said McFadden had a productive workout with a team trainer on the side Wednesday and that McFadden is “getting closer” to returning to practice. McFadden missed most of the past three games.

– The Raiders activated linebacker Miles Burris from the physically unable to perform list and placed him on their 53-man roster.
Burris started 15 games for the Raiders as a rookie last season. He missed all of the Raiders offseason workouts, training camp and the first 10 games this season while recovering from knee surgery.
Burris returned to practice with his teammates three weeks ago. The Raiders were obligated to make a move Wednesday. Allen said there’s a “chance” that Burris will play against the Titans.

– Allen said that he is targeting the Raiders game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving for the 2013 debut of left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who has spent the past 3 ½ months rehabilitating from triceps surgery.

– The Raiders also re-signed defensive end Brian Sanford to their 53 man roster. He was waived by the Raiders each of the past three weeks, only to be re-signed.

– Defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin was signed by the Raiders and placed on their practice squad. He played in one game for the Arizona Cardinals last season.

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  • PlunkforHOF

    What up Lofty? How’re things up the hill? How much snow you get?

  • Raider O

    Tuitt is no R White.

  • J Hill

    Our defense plays a certain way. 2 and 3 DL with their hands on the ground more often than not.

    Until we change defensive philosophy, I think it’s pointless to keep talking about LaMar Houston as a LDE.

  • Raider O

    I think he will play 3-4 end or UT in 4-3.

  • 0ak R8rs

    What if he’s not available? Will he still be the next Reggie White?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    You forgot groper.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Good call.. saw it. Good post. I got into handling the lists there for awhile. Especially the prediction board was time consuming.

  • J Hill

    I agree.

    Glad you’ll stop with the games.

    So can you answer my question about Pruitt like prospects? Who should I keep my eye on?

    Thanks, in advance!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Well hopefully he reads this post. Then we will be fine. Haha.

  • Raider O

    I like Easley 6’2/280+ (Gators), and I like Drew 6’4+ 280(Georgia).
    I like then as much as Tuitt, if not more.
    Thx for asking a direct question this time with no games. Makes it easy to answer you.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Raiders defray Tennessee we will be drafting in the twenties and thirties, we don’t win, 6th thru 10th.

  • 0ak R8rs

    So I don’t subscribe to PFF. But I was rewatching the game and missed the announcer saying briesel was one of the top ranked right guards in the league as of last week. Hrmmmmmmm. Another win for Reggie. And got him cheaper this year than last.

  • J Hill

    LOL

    How was that ? any different than the first time I asked it?

  • Raider O

    Base end. Playing the strong side (with TE). LDE is a simple term people use when they mean base End.

  • Raider O

    He should hire me. I’m cheap, and I like IHOP (a lot).

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Brisiel has been great ever since he had to play that game as a center.

  • J Hill

    Give me one clue you’ve see that would lead you to believe the HC considers Lamar Houston a base defensive end in his system?

  • MEX_GHOST

    Hey white O!
    I have my doubts about RM too, but I like the way you say that we´ll be fine with ONE draft picks PLUS the money “we” already have to waste. Sounds like we are closer to the playoffs than 2 or 3 years ago, when we were 8-8.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Probably trying to make sure they don’t put him there again. Haha

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    by the way, I was wrong the other day

  • Raider O

    You asked who should we replace Hunter with, and like I said: I don’t think we need to replace Hunter, and we need to add a speedy edge rusher. If you can’t see the difference, it’s ok.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Lmao.

  • J Hill

    If we draft Tuiit, Easley, or Drew, who else do you think I would see them replacing?

  • MEX_GHOST

    LOL, Maybe that game he got the confidence again.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Raiders defeat Tennessee, and Baltimore defeats New York and Carolina defeats Miami;

    Raiders would be in the playoffs if the season were to end this weekend;

    Raiders would have a 5-3 AFC conference record, at needy everyone else would be 4-3 (Miami).

  • J Hill

    Had the strawberry crepes there a few weeks ago that completely sucked.

    Might be wife’s favorite spot b/c of the kid’s eat free, lol.

  • Raider O

    You are jealous? lol
    Who knows, maybe one day you can be white too. It’s not a right, it’s a privilege. lol
    This team has depth, solid starters, but it lack impact players. A full draft with 40 million in cap space is enough to get 2 impact player on offense/ defense, and continue to add solid players and depth. If we don’t make the POs as a wild card next year, I expect a new HC and coaching staff. Tarver intrigues me.

  • brad

    Ditto! Kobe is back!

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Raiders could reasonably take the 2nd wild card spot with a 4-2 record the last 6 games of the season, but three of those victories must be against Tennessee, New York, and San Diego.

  • Raider O

    Steak, scrambled eggs, hash browns, OJ, and my stack after I’m done. I still think. Waffle House is the best.

  • J Hill

    Dupars

  • Raider O

    I guess you never read my posts that say “Clueless Titty Monkey”…

  • J Hill

    LOL

  • Raider O

    It’s hard to tell because at this point Houston is our best pass rusher.

  • plunkhead

    new blog goobers

  • 10centsworth

    Nice conversation. Is THAT what you got from what I said? Ok. Your choice. Meanwhile, I’m backing OUR prototype NFL QB, with that “it” factor, as described by the coach…and the way the team responded to his leadership and apt skills. I care what happens Sunday, but I predict this guys is around the NFL for ten years…as a starter or a backup.

  • Raider O

    Hunter. But IMHO, that’s not a smart move, unless we continue to blitz, or Moore can develop into a great pass rusher.

  • J Hill

    I’m going to just keep my request simple and reiterate that I just want a BEAST on the DL that can’t be handled by 1 guy.

  • Raider O

    I googled. I never heard of it. Do you like it, and what do you recommend (no pork )? I will try it.

  • MEX_GHOST

    LOL, I´m not jealous. Will the Mexicans have more troubles in the borders and airports than a “white and hairy” arabian?? Don´t answer! LOL.

  • Raider O

    Look at the Bills, they don’t have a speedy edge rusher, but they have Williams, 2 interior DL that can generate a solid rush, and their base end is A Branch (DT size and speed). It works because Williams is a beast, solid interior rush, and they don’t have to blitz a lot. There is more than one way of doing things.

  • MEX_GHOST

    BTW I can´t forgive to RM the Flynn flop!!!

  • J Hill

    I think our current defense improves dramatically with just a simple change of adding a guy like Tuitt and moving Hunter into a rotational role.

    I want someone bigger and stronger than Houston at that spot who can still create some pressure.

    And I love the blitzing from different positions that we do. Burris and Moore will be fine in those roles.

  • 10centsworth

    Nobody cares, ditto.

  • Raider O

    Lmao. Maybe now after the LAX incident.

  • 10centsworth

    Sorry. Good news is playing every team at their best and kicking their butts. That’s also good Attitude.

  • J Hill

    Exactly what you get from IHOP.

    Best pancake ever. Some type of ridiculous warm syrup too.

  • 10centsworth

    Pooop Chute Britphobia. He admits to wearing a coonskin mask.

  • 10centsworth

    God willing.

  • MEX_GHOST

    LOL. Maybe.