In steps undrafted rookie Matt McGloin out of Penn State.
Pryor had struggled as of late throwing 8 interceptions to just 1 touchdown in his last four games – 5 touchdowns to 10 interceptions on the season – and originally injured the knee against the Philadelphia Eagles back on November 3rd in that 49-20 drubbing.
McGloin stepped in against the Eagles and went 7-of-15 for 87 yards in relief of Pryor.
Now, he will be getting a much larger sample size.
So how will the Raiders offense change?
McGloin is a more traditional drop back style quarterback, much like the Raiders had initially wanted with Matt Flynn.
Pryor led the Raiders with 504 rushing yards, now much of that burden will solely be in the hands of the emergent Rashad Jennings.
So, expect the wide receivers, running backs and tight ends to be getting more catches as the Raiders transition. Jennings may be a good pick up in fantasy leagues, if available, as he most likely will be getting more and more carries with Darren McFadden hobbled and Pryor out. Gone will be most of the designed QB runs, and the like, one would have to infer.
McGloin talked to CSN Bay Area about his week.
“It was great getting reps this week,” McGloin said, according to Scott Bair at CSN Bay Area. “You see things differently when you¹re in the middle of everything. The mental preparation is always there, and I’m glad I was able to support that with some physical prep this week. I focused each and every day. I thought the entire unit looked good this week. As an offense, we’re ready.”
Houston gives up the fewest passing yards in the NFL – 166.6 yards per game — so it won’t be an easy first assignment when McGloin leads the offense on Sunday.
“When he first got here he was just a camp arm, and he’s just gone about his business on a day-in and day-out basis and never has really let anything affect him,” head coach Dennis Allen said. “Early on he wasn’t getting a whole lot of reps, and he just kept working his way up.
“Matt’s done a great job this whole time. He has a little bit of that ‘it’ factor about playing the quarterback position. He’s got a lot of confidence in himself, and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him.”