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Oakland Raiders: Matt McGloin ready after Derek Carr’s surgery

The Oakland Raiders (10-3) backup quarterback Matt McGloin is ready for the full offense after starter Derek Carr suffered a broken fibula versus the Indianapolis Colts (7-8) in Week 16.

Raiders quarterback coach Todd Downing said McGloin can make all the throws that Carr can make. Hence, Downing said the team feels comfortable giving McGloin a full catalog of passing plays per The Mercury News.

Still, McGloin has big shoes to fill as he will replace Carr. Carr threw 3,937 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. Many considered Carr an MVP candidate for these stats and his leadership.

In fact, his brother David Carr said he witnessed a devastated Raiders locker room after Derek Carr’s injury via a recent column in The Fresno Bee.

Fans all over the internet also had the life sucked out of them. Carr addressed fans with his own inspirational posts on social media. Here is one of Carr’s tweets after the injury:

Fortunately, it is not the end of the world. The Raiders locked up a playoff berth already.

More importantly, Derek Carr will be okay after a successful surgery this week. David said his brother had no ligament damage via the same Fresno Bee column. Also, the doctor said Derek’s bone started healing itself.

Still, it is estimated that Carr could be out six to eight weeks. There is no official timeline, but that would put the Raiders starter out until the Super Bowl.

Either way, the Raiders plan to lean on McGloin for the last week of the regular season and the playoffs.

McGloin, 27, completed two of three passes for 29 yards in Saturday’s win over the Colts. 

Before that, his most significant time was a week four loss to Miami in 2014 and a Week 1 loss to Cincinnati in 2015. He completed 70 percent of his passes, and he threw three touchdowns and three interceptions in those appearances.

Many Raiders praised McGloin for his work-ethic and ability to help teammates make plays via The Sacramento Bee.

McGloin entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie from Penn St. He has spent most of his four years as a backup, but he started six games in 2013. McGloin only has one win as a starter.

Either way,  McGloin is an unrestricted free agent in the off-season. Oakland placed a second-round tender on McGloin as a restricted free agent this past season. That gives him a salary of $2.53 million

McGloin has an opportunity to earn himself some more money for next season with solid starts for Oakland. He can also help the Raiders continue their success in the absence of Carr.

McGloin makes his first start for Carr on Jan. 1 at 1:25 p.m. PST versus the Denver Broncos (8-7). Raiders tickets versus the Broncos start at $84 with an average price of $293. This has become one of the cheapest games this season for Broncos tickets, as their playoff chances have evaporated with the recent play from the Miami Dolphins. Ticket prices were much higher (with get-in prices well above $100 for most of the past few months) as they remained in competition for an AFC playoff spot.

Sports Authority Field parking is available at ParkWhiz, as well as additional Denver parking options.

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Pete D. Camarillo is currently a credentialed Lakers writer for SportsOutWest and co-host of the weekly Touchdowns and Tangents podcast. Pete enjoys creating content about music, life and West Coast Sports, specifically the NBA and NFL. He has published more than 1,000 articles across various publications including ClutchPoints, FullPressCoverage, TheSportsDaily, Fansided and Inquistr. Pete is also currently a full-time media relations professional for Business Wire and he is active in ONA, SPJ, NABJ and AAJA organizations in Los Angeles. The 2015 CSUN Journalism grad volunteers on his Journalism Alumni Association Board of Directors now. His background includes community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. studying sports management, football coaching and earning a fellowship for his entrepreneurship ventures. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.
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