2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Raiders still seeking answers at quarterback

By JOSH DUBOW - AP Sports Writer
    2013-12-19 17:52

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders hoped they had the quarterback to build the franchise around after Terrelle Pryor dazzled in a victory over the San Diego Chargers 11 weeks ago that showed flashes of what he could bring as a dual-threat quarterback.

Instead of building on that strong start, Pryor regressed and eventually lost his starting job to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin.

McGloin will make his sixth start of the season on Sunday for the Raiders (4-10) against the Chargers (7-7) and the organization still is searching for the long-term solution at quarterback that has eluded the Raiders since Rich Gannon left almost a decade ago.

Oakland is playing out the string of its 11th straight non-winning season with much of the focus on what they have to build on for the future.

''I think both these guys have shown signs of being a quarterback in the National Football League,'' coach Dennis Allen said. ''I don't think either one of them is a finished product yet. We're going to look at these last two games and try to see what we have and see what we need to do going into the future.''

Pryor showed signs of being that guy by winning two of his first four starts, capped by the strong performance against the Chargers when he completed 18 of 23 passes for 221 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 27-17 victory.

But he has struggled since then, completing 49.2 percent of his passes, with nine interceptions, one touchdown and a league-worst 40.7 passer rating in that span. He lost his starting job after trying to play through a sprained knee injury in a loss against the New York Giants on Nov. 10 and then blaming the injury for his poor performance.

McGloin made a triumphant debut the following week in Houston, becoming the fourth quarterback since the 1970 merger to throw three touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first start.

But McGloin has lost four straight starts since then, with his worst coming last week when he threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in a 56-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

''It is tough,'' McGloin said. ''As competitors we don't like to lose. We put so much time and so much effort in that to get beat isn't something that you expect or want. Again, we just have to work harder, stay later, watch more film and work harder in the weight room. We have to find a solution for it.''

But McGloin remains the starter as Allen has praised his big-play ability with a league-high 15 passes of at least 25 yards since becoming the starter.

The Raiders have sprinkled Pryor back into the offense the past two weeks. He played an entire series in a 37-27 loss to the New York Jets on Dec. 8, leading Oakland to a field goal. Pryor then got 15 snaps last week against the Chiefs, coming in and out of the game as the Raiders put in a special package of plays to capitalize on his athleticism.

''You always want to play and you always want to be in the game,'' Pryor said. ''If they think that's the best way to go about it, OK. Coach Allen is our leader. It's on them. Whatever he wants to do I'm all for it.''

Two of the four quarterbacks who entered training camp competing for jobs are no longer with the Raiders. Matt Flynn, who had the inside track to be the starter, was released in October and is now in Green Bay helping the Packers fight for the NFC North title.

Fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson, who spent most of the season on the practice squad, was signed by Tennessee to the active roster earlier this week.

Oakland also could be in the market to draft a quarterback in May and despite wasting draft picks to trade for Flynn and select Wilson and paying Flynn $6.5 million in guaranteed money, Allen believes strongly that the organization can identify the right quarterbacks.

''Sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes mistakes are made,'' he said. ''But, I'm very confident in Reggie McKenzie and the personnel staff of being able to evaluate football players - quarterbacks, offensive linemen, defensive linemen.''

NOTES: S Charles Woodson (ribs) and LB Miles Burris (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis. ... LB Sio Moore missed practice with an illness. ... DT Vance Walker (concussion) worked out on the side and has a chance to play Sunday if he can practice Friday.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Connor BarthAug 29 03:42p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut PK Connor Barth Friday, Aug. 29.

Arrelious BennAug 29 03:32p

Philadelphia Eagles WR Arrelious Benn (back) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Aug. 29.

B. Green-EllisAug 29 03:12p

The Cincinnati Bengals cut RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis Friday, Aug. 29.

Mitchell Van DykAug 29 02:42p

The St. Louis Rams released OT Mitchell Van Dyk Friday, Aug. 29.

Johnny ManzielAug 29 02:22p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel showed a strong effort in the team's final preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 28, leading head coach Mike Pettine to acknowledge [ More ]

Charles SimsAug 29 02:02p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) is expected to be placed on the short-term Reserve/Injured list, which means he could return late in the season.

Santonio HolmesAug 29 01:52p

Chicago Bears WR Santonio Holmes displayed good burst and explosion on a 32-yard touchdown catch in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, as he tries to make the [ More ]

Larry EnglishAug 29 01:42p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released LB Larry English Friday, Aug. 29.

Marc MarianiAug 29 01:22p

The Tennessee Titans released WR Marc Mariani Friday, Aug. 29.

Yawin SmallwoodAug 29 01:12p

The Atlanta Falcons released LB Yawin Smallwood Friday, Aug. 29.

Pat AngererAug 29 01:12p

The Atlanta Falcons released LB Pat Angerer Friday, Aug. 29.

S. JanikowskiAug 29 12:32p

Oakland Raiders PK Sebastian Janikowski (quadriceps) is expected to be ready to play in Week 1 against the New York Jets, according to head coach Dennis Allen.

Aaron DobsonAug 29 11:02a

New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson had three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

Lonnie PryorAug 29 10:42a

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released LB Ka'lial Glaud, FB Lonnie Pryor and CB Keith Lewis.

Benny CunninghamAug 29 10:18a

St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham has been the team's best running back during the preseason and could push RB Zac Stacy for playing time this season.

Cam NewtonAug 29 09:37a

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) said Wednesday, Aug. 27, that he will be ready for the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers [ More ]

Sammy WatkinsAug 29 08:52a

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) suffered an injury to his ribs in the same area as his previous one, according to sources.

Martavis BryantAug 29 08:42a

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder) suffered a sprained right AC joint in his shoulder in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

T.J. YatesAug 29 03:32a

Atlanta Falcons QB T.J. Yates threw for two touchdowns and 243 yards in his team's 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dan OrlovskyAug 29 03:22a

Detroit Lions QB Kellen Moore was 17 of 28 for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a shutout of the Buffalo Bills Thursday, Aug. 28. It is not known [ More ]

Jeremy HillAug 28 11:52p

Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (elbow) returned to the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, after being evaluated in the locker room at halftime. He finished the game with [ More ]

Nate PalmerAug 28 11:52p

Green Bay Packers OT Aaron Adams (knee) and LB Nate Palmer (knee) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

Devonta FreemanAug 28 11:22p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman had 12 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 45 yards during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.

Cecil Shorts IIIAug 28 10:12p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) said he will be ready for the team's season opener.

Sammy WatkinsAug 28 07:32p

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) left the team's final preseason game with an apparent injury. There was no indication if Watkins aggravated his ribs.

Kyle Van NoyAug 28 07:12p

Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (abdomen) underwent surgery Thursday, Aug. 28, to repair a core muscle injury. Van Noy's timetable for a return is unknown this early in the process.

Tim BenfordAug 28 07:02p

Baltimore Ravens WR Jace Davis, Dallas Cowboys WR Tim Benford, Kansas City Chiefs C Ben Gottschalk and Seattle Seahawks OG Greg Van Roten cleared waivers and became free agents Thursday, Aug. 28.

R. Griffin IIIAug 28 05:52p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III isn't playing consistently, according to ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski. Jaworski said Griffin must learn to throw from the pocket [ More ]

Geoff SchwartzAug 28 05:32p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), CB Prince Amukamara (groin), OT Charles Brown (shoulder), OT James Brewer (back), OG Geoff Schwartz (toe), OG [ More ]

Navorro BowmanAug 28 04:02p

San Francisco 49ers LB Michael Wilhoite appears to be the leading candidate to start at middle linebacker while LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is out of the lineup.

J. CunninghamAug 28 03:52p

St. Louis Rams TEs Justice Cunningham and Alex Bayer likely are competing for one roster spot. Cunningham is considered a blocking tight end, while Bayer is a pass catcher. [ More ]

Michael SamAug 28 03:52p

St. Louis Rams DE Michael Sam is competing with DE Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on the final roster.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group