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2015 Oakland Raiders GameDay B

Gameday Feature Gameday MAGAZINE 93 the both of them, knowing that Carr is cemented as the starting quarterback in Oakland. “You go about your business the same way, at least you try to,” Ponder said when asked about entering camp battling to be the No. 2 quarterback. “You try to prepare as the starter, but you understand that you’re not the guy who’s doing most of the talking. That’s Derek. He’s the leader of the offense, but you have to prepare like you’re the starter. You never know when you’re going to get called in to play.” As Training Camp 2015 has progressed, both McGloin and Ponder have gotten run with the second-team offense although Ponder remains listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the team’s depth chart. Unofficial depth chart aside, Ponder believes that regardless of how many snaps he or McGloin sees, preparation is the most vital characteristic for a player in their position. “You have to do your best to prepare, understand the offense, understand the game plan, have confidence in what you’re doing, and be able to lead,” Ponder said. “You’re the field general out there, so if you’re not doing that than you’re going to be a step behind.” During the team’s first preseason game, Ponder entered the fray prior to McGloin, but both showed a good grasp of the Raiders offense during their time on the field. Ponder finished the evening 6-of-8 for 59 yards and one touchdown, while McGloin went 10-of-11 for 104 yards and one touchdown as well. As the preseason goes on, their continued competition will be interesting to keep an eye on — the veteran quarterback who has history with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, versus the undrafted gun slinger who has spent the entirety of his young career with the Silver and Black. At the end of the day, while they are both competing for position on the depth chart, McGloin says that the responsibility to perform lies squarely on the individual quarterback. “You have to understand at the end of the day that once you step on the field, it’s on you,” McGloin stated. “You have to make plays. You have to complete the ball. You have to make good decisions. You have to know the offense. He continued, “You can’t be blaming different players, blaming a coach. It’s on you at the end of the day, and if you don’t make plays, it’s a performance-based business, and if you don’t perform, you’re not going to be around very long as a quarterback in this league.” While the two players will compete for reps and playing time, Ponder knows that each player in the quarterbacks room, and the team in general, are after the same goal – they want to win. “There’s definitely competition, but we all are rooting for each other,” Ponder said. “We all have each other’s backs and we want each other to be the best. We understand competition is going to help us, and we do want to put our best on film every day in practice and in the preseason and whenever we play in the regular season if that happens.”


2015 Oakland Raiders GameDay B
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