Matt McGloin reportedly wins backup QB job

The Oakland Raiders have until Saturday to make their cuts to get down to the mandatory 53-man roster, but some cuts are being released early.

It appears that Matt McGloin has reportedly won the Raiders backup quarterback gig, with ESPN’s Adam Caplan reporting that the Raiders will cut ties with veteran Christian Ponder.


It’s not too surprising, given how well McGloin played in the preseason and how much he outplayed Ponder.

McGloin came into Thursday night’s 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.

The Raiders will now have to eat the $1.5 million signing bonus they paid Ponder to come in the offseason.

For now the Raiders appear to just have two quarterbacks on the roster, but can always sign rookie Cody Fajardo to the practice squad after he was released earlier this week when the team trimmed down to 75.

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