Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (L) and Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (R) look on during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Who Will Back Up Matt Schaub?

With the addition of Matt Schaub, the Oakland Raiders seem to finally have a competent quarterback. The Raiders are building a solid offense around him, trying to set him up for more success than he had last season with the Houston Texans. It goes without saying that the Raiders believe Schaub can get back to his normal self after disappointing Texan fans last season. But what happens if he continues to struggle? What happens if he gets injured?If either of these situations arise, who will step up and take control of the offense?


Matt McGloin proved last season that he was not capable of leading a team with a mediocre offense surrounding him. With him under center, the Oakland Raiders went 1-7, the only win coming against the Texans, the worst team, record-wise, in the NFL.

Results could, however, be slightly different if the Raiders continue to stock up on free agents. Disregarding the  quarterback position, the offense looks good. The offensive live and receiving corps is already vastly improved, and the Raiders still have some money left to get free agents and/or draft picks. In this situation, McGloin could perform more effectively, especially with a stout offensive line to mask his relative immobility. Of course, McGloin is no guarantee, and seems not very likely to lead the Oakland Raiders to the playoffs.


Because the Oakland Raiders added Matt Schaub, they likely won’t draft a quarterback early on. However, some later round guys could get a chance if the Raiders elect to gain more depth at quarterback. Aaron Murray could be a steal in the fourth or fifth round of the draft and A.J. McCarron could drop to the fourth round as well. Both are SEC quarterbacks that could come in and play decently in the NFL. Tajh Boyd is someone the Oakland Raiders could get in the seventh round or undrafted. Boyd had a remarkable collegiate career but scouts don’t see as a future NFL quarterback. Though unlikely, he could come in undrafted as a wild card in training camp and potentially beyond.

Is Matt McGloin the better option, or do you see the Raiders taking another quarterback in the late stages of the draft? Comment below.


Tags: Matt McGloin Matt Schaub Oakland Raiders Terrelle Pryor

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