On Sunday morning there were reports that Matt McGloin, an undrafted rookie who had don't nothing to impress during his one short appearance in a NFL game, could supplant Terrelle Pryor as the Raiders' quarterback of the future.
Then McGloin played against the Texans, and that made a lot more sense.
McGloin had a fine first NFL start, completing 18-of-32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns as the Raiders – who moved up to 9-point underdogs after Pryor was ruled out on Saturday due to a knee injury – upset the Texans 28-23.
The Texans had allowed the fewest yards per game in the NFL this season, but that was no problem for McGloin, a former walk-on at Penn State.
McGloin is a much different quarterback than Pryor, and at some point the Raiders might have to decide if they want to build an offense around Pryor's athletic ability and raw passing skills, or McGloin's more traditional pocket passing approach.
Pryor has struggled a bit the past few weeks (he had no touchdowns and five interceptions in his last three games, and a quarterback rating this season of 69.0), and the Raiders were apparently curious to see if McGloin could replace Pryor as the quarterback they build around.
What does the future hold for Matt McGloin? Raiders coaches love him. Told today will be a big barometer on if he can supplant Pryor.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2013
After Sunday's win, McGloin will probably get a few more shots over the last six weeks of the season. From a walk-on at Penn State all the way to a key part of a road win in his first NFL start, it has been quite a ride already for McGloin.
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