A look at the Oakland Raiders training camp battle for the backup quarterback position

A look at the Oakland Raiders training camp battle for the backup quarterback position

The Oakland Raiders have seemingly found their franchise quarterback in Derek Carr after years of searching since Rich Gannon left the team, but not all the questions about the position have answers heading into this year's training camp. 

General manager Reggie McKenzie shook things up in April when he decided to trade up and select Michigan State's Connor Cook in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Cook was believed to be one of the best quarterbacks in the draft but fell all the way to the fourth round after questions about his leadership popped up, among other things. 

Cook has shown this offseason that he is able to make the big throws, but has also struggled with his accuracy at times on the intermediate throws. 

Veteran (and at once a starter) Matt McGloin returns and is actually the team's highest-paid quarterback on the roster. McGloin has proven to be a reliable backup quarterback, stepping in when needed. He's more accurate than Cook but does not have as big of an arm as the rookie quarterback. 

It will be an interesting battle to follow to see if Cook can challenge the veteran backup, but McGloin certainly has the upper hand due to his extensive knowledge of the offense as well as experience.

That said, McGloin is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this year so the Raiders will want to get Cook ready in case they decide not to bring him back next year. 


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