Quarterback Matt McGloin
The Oakland Raiders have a sturdy foundation at the quarterback position, with Derek Carr leading the way and Matt McGloin listed as the second quarterback on the depth chart. Although Carr retains a lot of the spotlight surrounding the young team, McGloin has been a solid member of the Silver and Black for the past three years.
The backup quarterback is an essential piece of a football team; if the starting quarterback becomes injured or doesn't perform at a high level the backup must be ready to go. The backup can tend to be overlooked because they don't necessarily receive all the media, but their role is significant.
McGloin was picked up by the Raiders in 2012 as an undrafted free agent and has been a grinder since his arrival. "Make the most of every rep, make the most out of every snap, and play smart," said McGloin.
The former Penn State Nittany Lion appeared in seven games his rookie season, starting in six of them, and finished the year with eight passing touchdowns. Since then, he hasn't started in a game, but with the team set to play its preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday evening, it's possible he could see the majority of game reps.
"You want to play to the best of your ability," said McGloin. "Since day one I've always told myself you never want to put anything bad on film," he added. He could be given the opportunity to serve as the Raiders' primary backup to Carr, but remains focused on contributing to the team and helping them win.
Not one to make excuses, McGloin is focused on growing as an individual on the field, "All I know is I can control what I can control."
He added, "How I approach the film room, how I approach the weight room, the work I put in day-in and day-out." He doesn't trouble himself by worrying about external factors or outside noise, only the present, and how he can improve.
Head Coach Jack Del Rio hasn't disclosed whether or not the starters will make an appearance on Thursday, but if they don't, McGloin will step in and remain honed in on helping the team succeed. "As long as I can make smart decisions, be accurate with the football, be decisive with my decision making, and play well, then we'll go from there."