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2015 Oakland Raiders GameDay B

Healthy Competition By Eddie Paskal In 2015’s NFL, team depth is key, particularly at the quarterback 92 Gameday MAGAZINE LEFT TO RIGHT: Matt McGloin and Christian Ponder Gameday feature QBs Matt McGloin and Christian Ponder Root for each other As They Each prepare to be No. 2 position. Just ask the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles or 14 other NFL teams that started more than one quarterback during the 2014 season, six of which had three starting quarterbacks under center. The Oakland Raiders were not part of this group, as rookie quarterback Derek Carr started all 16 games last season, but nevertheless, having depth and experience in the quarterbacks room is invaluable. Enter Matt McGloin and Christian Ponder, the two players currently competing to be Carr’s backup in 2015. McGloin and Ponder both boast starting experience, having started six and 26 games respectively, and while they are competing for reps and a spot on the depth chart, there’s still a healthy respect between the pair. “It makes you such a better quarterback, mentally and once we get out here, we get after it,” said McGloin. “We compete with one another, trying to push each other day in and day out. It’s a healthy competition and I’m glad to be a part of it.” “I think Matt has done really well since OTAs Organized Team Activities back in the spring, through camp,” added Ponder. “He’s really smart with the football. He’s accurate. He’s a really good quarterback. He has a lot of confidence and he’s a really good player.” While Ponder and McGloin are now in search of the same end goal, their journeys to Silver and Black could not have been more different. After an impressive collegiate career at Florida State, Ponder was selected in the first round (No. 12 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, while McGloin went undrafted out of Penn State and signed with the Raiders prior to the 2013 season. Now the pair of play-callers enter 2015 in a unique position for


2015 Oakland Raiders GameDay B
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