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Raiders notebook: Assessing young QBs

  • Oakland Raiders Matthew McGloin reaches for a bad snap in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs during their game in Oakland on Sunday, December 15, 2013. The Chiefs recovered the ball on the play. The Chiefs beat the Raiders 56-31.
    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

OAKLAND — You can forgive the Raiders for wanting to evaluate both Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor in the end stages of this season. Both have shown moments of promise at quarterback, both have shown their imperfections, and the team needs to know if either is a viable candidate to make the team next year.

But Oakland's quarterback rotation was a little hard to predict Sunday. McGloin started and got the bulk of the snaps. Pryor subbed here and there, and took over for entire series in the second half. On one drive, they took turns — and the Raiders wound up scoring a touchdown.

"We wanted to use Terrelle as a change of pace," head coach Dennis Allen said. "I thought it was effective there in the third quarter when we were able to get Terrelle in there. .<TH>.<TH>. Then obviously, we put Terrelle in there at the end of the game to be able to get some more evaluation on him."

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Asked whether it was difficult to switch back and forth, McGloin said: "We're getting used to it. We do it throughout practice and throughout the course of the week. The coaches are doing what they feel puts us in the best position to win, and I'm on board for that."

McGloin threw four interceptions. Pryor threw just one, but had a passer rating of 0.0.

<b>Our afternoon with Andre</b>

With Denarius Moore battling a shoulder injury, and Jacoby Ford and Brice Butler struggling to get playing time, Andre Holmes is getting his chance at wide receiver. The third-year journeyman from tiny Hillsdale College is making the most of it.

Starting for the third time Sunday, he caught four passes for 58 yards. He scored his first NFL touchdown on a 6-yard pass from McGloin in the third quarter and helped his team get to the end zone with a one-handed, 28-yard grab on the Raiders' next possession.

"Most of the time, it's just the read of the play, how the quarterback's reading the play," Holmes said. " .<TH>.<TH>. I don't think it's where McGloin is just targeting me."


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