Based on his performance during minicamp, it appears that rookie second-round pick Derek Carr will head into training camp as the backup quarterback behind veteran Matt Schaub. This despite undrafted rookie free agent Matt McGloin playing relatively well in six games last season, when he completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,547 yards, 8 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
But, hey, this is the NFL where players are quick to remind you that, above all else, this is a business. So McGloin continues to plug along, trying his best to remain upbeat. Because perhaps the second-most repeated cliche after "this is a business" is "you are only a play away."
“All I can do is stay positive, control what I can control and make the most of my reps and my opportunities when I get in there,” McGloin said, via CitizenVoice.com. “Everything else is out of my hands. I'm just at the point where you've got to protect your job.”
“You can't allow yourself to make the same mistakes you made last year,” he said. “I think I've been doing a pretty good job of not doing a lot of those things I did last year throughout OTAs and minicamp.
“You notice it when you watch yourself on film and you talk to your QB coach. They're seeing progress. It's a production-based business. You've got to continue to produce and play well if you want to stick around.”
Meanwhile, the Raiders seem eager to see what Carr can do.
“We're trying to expedite his progression,” Allen said last month. “I like a lot of the things that I've seen out of Derek. He's still got a long way to go, but I like the direction that he's headed.”
Offensive coordinator Greg Olson added: “I really, really like him. Everybody knew he was accurate, but he is more accurate than we thought. … We'll have to wait and see how he does against a live rush, but so far his intelligence, accuracy and quickness in getting the ball out has been excellent. ...
“We drafted a pretty good player," Olson continued. "He is very intelligent, and he may not need to redshirt. We like his comfort level. Right away, you can see that this is not too big for him.”
For now, Schaub remains atop the depth chart and McGloin appears penciled in as the No. 3. But a lot can change during training camp. which for the Raiders kicks off on July 24.