NAPA — Not a lot has changed in the year since Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
He's still buried on Oakland's depth chart, still spending most of his time in practice waiting for the occasional rep or two with the offense.
The only difference might be in McGloin's expectations.
"Coming in here last year, I wouldn't get any reps actually," McGloin said. "To now get a few here and there is a lot better. In terms of being prepared mentally, it kind of makes you feel more comfortable day in and day out."
After starting six games during his rookie season and drawing high praise from coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Olson, the former Penn State walk-on didn't flinch when Oakland made a pair of offseason moves for quarterbacks and immediately penciled them in ahead of McGloin.
He embraced the arrivals of Matt Schaub and Derek Carr as positives for a team struggling to end an 11-year playoff drought. Still, he wants another crack at the starting job.
McGloin had an up-and-down day Sunday when the Raiders held their first practice in full pads but he finished strong with a pair of nice throws late in the afternoon workout.
In between, he stood behind the offense and patiently watched as Schaub ran the first-team offense while Carr worked with the second unit.
"My mentality has always been it is what it is," McGloin said. "There's two ways you can go: You can either be the guy who shows up every day and doesn't want to be there and complains and pouts, or you can be the guy who says I'm going to make the most out of my reps, I'm going to do whatever I can and I'm going to continue to fight and scratch and claw and compete every day."
A year ago McGloin would have been happy just to have a member of the coaching staff remember his name. The Raiders invited him to camp to give the other three quarterbacks ahead of him at the time a break.