Found August 03, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
  Undrafted rookie quarterback Matt McGloin has defied expectations his whole life, so it is no surprise that he is pushing for a roster spot during training camp. After a stellar high school career, McGloin was not offered a single college football scholarship so he decided to walk-on to Penn State to prove critics wrong. By the end of his senior year with the Nittany Lions, McGloin was the career passing touchdowns leader in Penn States illustrious history. McGloin was once again overlooked as he was not even invited to the NFL combine, in a weak quarterback draft. While some players would become bitter after being overlooked throughout their lives, McGloin has used it as motivation to improve his game. While McGloin looked impressive in mini-camp, he looked like nothing more than a camp arm for the Oakland Raiders because of the presence of Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn and Tyler Wilson. However, McGloin has continued to improve during training camp and has even surpassed 4th round pick Tyler Wilson on the depth chart. If McGloin continues his torrid pace it will be hard for the Raiders brass to let him go but whose roster spot would he take? The easy answer to the McGloin conundrum would be to place him on the practice squad. However, all 32 NFL teams are looking for a good young arm to mold, so there is no guarantee McGloin would clear waivers. Another solution would be to trade versatile quarterback Terrelle Pryor to a team that runs the read-option. While Pryor has shown that he has improved as a passer this year, he has never been Reggie McKenzie’s guy. If another team was willing to give up a mid-level draft pick next year, McKenzie would jump at the opportunity, especially if it meant keeping McGloin on the roster. It still remains to be seen if McGloin can keep up the pace but no one should doubt that the gritty Scranton kid could make the roster. McGloin could be another scrappy player that the Raider nation falls in love with as he is in the same mold as fellow western Pennsylvanian Bruce Gradkowski. McGloin is the type of player that can lead the Raiders into a new era.

Scouting the QBs at Oakland Raiders training camp

I spent some time really focusing on the QBs in practice, today. As explained by Vic Tafur, here, the Raiders definitely have Flynn and Pryor 1 and 2 and it shows in camp. The two alternated consistently, today, with Flynn getting a break with the ones, at times, and Pryor coming in. Neither McGloin nor Wilson got many snaps. Matt Flynn had a decent but unspectacular day and...

Raiders training camp notes day 8

The Raiders had their eighth day of camp today. Here are some notes. My information comes from Raiders beat writers via Twitter and can be found on Twitter as @LeviDamien  @ChrisMcClain  @CorkOnTheNfl (Steve Corkran)  @VicTafur @AsherMatthews @ChrisHansenNFL. I will be compiling all of their information throughout training camp. For all Raiders updates follow the writers above...

Raiders still injured, defense rules over offense and other training camp day 7 notes

Not only were the Raiders back in pads but today was also a “competition day”, per head coach Dennis Allen. The competition may have low stakes – which unit, offense or defense, gets to wear the silver colored jerseys instead of the hotter black ones – but it is a point of pride amongst the players and the team sessions were a lot more active today. Dennis Allen didn’t...

Raiders RB Jennings offers backfield injury protection

Darren McFadden has been hurt in each of his five NFL seasons. That’s why backup running backs are so vital to the Raiders offense. Rashad Jennings was brought in to fill that role and he certainly looks the part. The 6-foot-1 231-pound veteran has a powerful rushing style that fits a revamped Raiders blocking scheme based on gap creation and control. Jennings has impressed in...

Taking a Look at the Raiders Secondary

The Oakland Raiders once had one of the best defenses in the league, but that hasn’t been the case for a while. This offseason, general manager Reggie McKenzie did his best to fix that problem by bringing in some veteran players who can help the Raiders new and improved secondary in more ways than one. Last year the Raiders were ranked 23rd in interceptions as they only had 11...

Raiders sign Janikowski to extension

The Oakland Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year extension Friday, ensuring the franchise's leading scorer will remain with the team through at least 2017. Janikowski is coming off the best season of his career. He converted a career-best 91.2 percent (31 of 34) of his field goal attempts in 2012. The only misses came from 51, 61 and 64 yards. The 35-year...

Sebastian Janikowski signs 4-year extension

The Oakland Raiders announced via Twitter Friday that they signed K Sebastian Janikowski through 2017. The terms of the deal haven’t been released. K Sebastian Janikowski has signed a four-year contract extension. – @RAIDERS August 2nd Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post Sebastian Janikowski signs 4-year extension appeared...

NFL Star Signs Four-Year Extension With Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year, $15.2 million extension through 2017. Photo Credit: Tony Gonzales/ Janikowski turned 35-years-old in March, but he’s also coming off the best season of his career.  The hulking 6-1, 258-pound kicker converted on 91.2 percent (31 of 34) of his field goal attempts in 2012. Oakland’s decision to...

Raiders sign Janikowski to a 4-year contract extension

The Oakland Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski, the longest tenured player on the team by six years, to a 4-year contract extension today, the team announced. Per CSN’s Scott Bair, the extension pays Janikowski just under $19 million over 4 years with approximately $8 million in guaranteed money in it's first two years. There is some speculation that the contract...

Kevin Burnett says both he and the Raiders are hungry to win

New Raiders linebacker Kevin Burnett has is entering his ninth year in the league this year but his numbers have never been better than last season when he started every game for the Miami Dolphins and finished with 110 combined tackles. It was his second time in two years with the Dolphins going over 100 tackles. And yet, the Dolphins cut him in the off-season to save money...

Camp Focus: Updating every position battle for the 2013 Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are now a week and a half into their 2013 Training Camp, and are less than a week from seeing the field for the first time, facing the Dallas Cowboys this Friday, August 9th. The media access becomes more restricted after the second preseason game so this is the prime time to attempt to glean what the 2013 team will become. Here are some notes, thoughts and tidbits...
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