Matt McGloin makes case for backup gig

The Oakland Raiders entered training camp and preseason football with battles at many positions, including for the backup quarterback gig.

Christian Ponder, who played under offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave with the Minnesota Vikings, entered camp as the clear number-two quarterback on the roster.

Since the beginning of camp, Ponder has entered the preseason games as the second-string quarterback, along with mostly working with the second-team offense. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that McGloin has played better in games, including Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks.

McGloin came into the game to start the second quarter and stayed in until midway through the fourth quarter. The Scranton Scrapper finished the game 16-of-24 for 186 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Ponder played the first quarter and finished up the last half of the fourth quarter, finishing 7-of-11 for 99 passing yards.

But it wasn’t just the final preseason game that McGloin dominated the numbers. In all, McGloin completed 74 percent of his passes (42-of-57) for 424 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Ponder finished the preseason completing 63 percent of his passes (22-of-35) for 245 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

General manager Reggie McKenzie signed Ponder in the offseason and gave him a $1.5 million signing bonus, which may be enough to keep him around on the roster. 

Should the Raiders keep all three quarterbacks when the roster cuts happen on Saturday, it will be interesting to see who will be listed as the second-string quarterback when the first depth chart is released.


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