Expect to see a healthy dose of quarterback Connor Cook when the Raiders close out the exhibition schedule Thursday in the Coliseum against the Seattle Seahawks.
The fourth-round pick will likely enter the game at some point in the first half and play the entire second half as Oakland puts on its final preseason show before the regular season begins Sept. 11.
Backup quarterback Matt McGloin is expected to start the game with starter Derek Carr watching comfortably from the sidelines.
Cook knows this is probably his last chance to play in a game for a while and so he’s looking forward to the opportunity.
“This is time to cut loose and have fun with the guys, one last go around for preseason,” Cook said Tuesday. “We know there’s going to be cuts after this game and once the season starts, the reps are going to be very minuscule. We’re just going to go out there, have fun, play the game that we’ve been playing our entire lives and just cut it loose.”
Cook has completed 16 of 26 passes in the first three preseason games for 223 yards and two interceptions. He’s yet to throw his first touchdown but overall has looked solid for a rookie getting his first taste of the NFL.
With a chance Thursday for his first real extended time, Cook is hoping to make another good impression.
“I’m stoked,” Cook said. “When (quarterbacks) coach (Todd) Downing told me that I was going to play the majority of the game, I was all fired up. It’s going to be a good opportunity for me and the other guys to get our chemistry going, to establish rhythm and just feel the flow of the game.”