Allen: Pryor will start, McGloin supplants Flynn as No. 2 QB
Rookie Matt McGloin completed 20-of-35 passes for 279 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in preseason action. (AP)
ALAMEDA – Matt Flynn is now the NFL’s most expensive emergency quarterback. The Raiders demoted the $6.5 million backup quarterback to the third string following an awful performance in Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins.
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That became evident when undrafted rookie Matt McGloin took reps reserved for the No. 2 quarterback during open portions of Wednesday’s practice. Raiders coach Dennis Allen announced the new pecking order later that day.
“We’re going to take a look at Matt McGloin,” Allen said. “It’s (decision made) for a combination of reasons, but I want to take a look at him and see what he can do as a backup quarterback.”
This isn’t a temporary switch.
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Unless something catastrophic occurs, Flynn won’t play another down in silver and black. He has no guaranteed money coming in 2014, meaning he’s an easy cut at season’s end.
That’s a dramatic fall for a 28-year old entering this season as the presumptive starting quarterback. Flynn lost the top spot to Terrelle Pryor in the preseason and the No. 2 spot against the Redskins, a move that admits trading next year’s fifth-round pick for him this offseason was a colossal mistake.
“Listen, it is what it is,” Allen said. “It hasn’t worked out like we anticipated, and we’ve got to make decisions and we’ve got to move forward.”
Flynn’s downfall has been as surprising as McGloin’s ascent. The undrafted rookie out of Penn State was a camp body, an expected cut behind Pryor, Flynn and fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson.
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He slowly worked his way up the depth chart with talent and poise uncommon in an undrafted player.
"I like what Matt McGloin brings to the table,” Allen said. “He’s got some moxie to him. He just understands how to play the game and I don’t think it’s too big for him. If he’s called upon to run the offense, I think he’ll do a good job. He’s smart, he throws an accurate ball, he’s got good arm strength and he’s a good decision maker. I like what this kid has to work with.”
McGloin uses going undrafted as fuel, but it doesn’t drive his every move. His unshakable confidence does that. He believes he can play well at the NFL level, and always has. He wasn’t worried about draft status keeping him down, knowing that quality play would keep him gainfully employed.
Pryor’s running ability puts him at greater injury risk, meaning McGloin is closer than most backups to NFL action. Surprise, surprise, he isn’t worried about that either.
“Confidence is something I’ve never lacked,” McGloin said. “Going back to Penn State that’s always been one thing I’ve had is confidence. I know I’ll be prepared. It’s all about being ready when called upon. I know I’ll be ready for that.”