McGloin carries chip on shoulder, but plays with passion over anger

McGloin carries chip on shoulder, but plays with passion over anger

ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin certainly has a chip on his shoulder, after years of being told he wasn’t quite good enough.

He took a well-mapped hard road to an NFL career, as a walk-on turned three-year starter at Penn State. Despite great production with the Nittany Lions, McGloin wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He wasn’t drafted and only latched on with the Raiders as a tryout player.

He beat fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson and high-priced veteran Matt Flynn as a rookie, and ended up starting six games that year. He has outlasted a string of backup challenges, from Matt Schaub to Christian Ponder. He remains higher on the depth chart than fourth-round rookie Connor Cook, and has been thrust into the spotlight after Derek Carr broke his fibula in last week’s win over Indianapolis.

McGloin may find motivation in slights, but he doesn’t play angry.

“I don’t necessarily think I play that way,” McGloin said. “I mean, I really enjoy playing the game. I really enjoy competition, I enjoy being out there with the guys and playing the game and doing well and winning.”

McGloin doesn’t care much what outsiders think, but he certainly wants people to know he can play at this level. He is supremely confident in his ability to produce, and want to show that during this run of starts.

It starts with a chance to win the AFC West on Sunday at Denver and continues with a playoff game either at Houston next week or a home game in the divisional round. McGloin doesn’t feel pressure. This is an exciting time.

“You know, this is the position you want to be in,” McGloin said. “This is why you spend so much time trying to master your craft and why you put so much time in the weight room, in the film room and on the practice field, is for games like this, moments like this. So, we’re definitely aware of where we’re at right now and again, what’s at stake come Sunday and we’re excited about it.”

McGloin is a topic of national conversation in the aftermath of Carr’s injury, and there will certainly be polarizing opinions about whether he can perform on this stage.

McGloin tunes out the negativity well, even going so far as to block media types and fans on Twitter.

“I don’t sit there on my phone and do that, but to be honest with you guys, if I’m reading an article and I come across somebody, a sarcastic tweet or an article bashing the Oakland Raiders organization or bashing the guys in the locker room, I don’t want to read that stuff,” McGloin said. “So, that’s what gets people blocked on Twitter. (laughter) It’s nothing personal, you know? I don’t want to read bad or negative things about this organization or the guys in that locker room. That’s all.”

Raiders to sign former 49ers defensive lineman


Raiders to sign former 49ers defensive lineman

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden wanted veterans to help turn his defense around. He added a linebacker and defensive backs aplenty. Then, on Friday night, he gave the front some help.

Former 49ers defensive lineman Tank Carradine will sign with the Raiders, the 28-year old announced on his Instagram page. 

The Sacramento Bee first reported the news. 

He visited the Raiders on Thursday and was in Seattle earlier Friday, but will sign with the Silver and Black.

Carradine could help their transition to a more traditional 4-3 alignment, able to play end in the base defense. He has proven himself as a solid run defender, but believes he can be an effective pass rusher if given the opportunity.

Carradine didn’t get many pass-rushing chances with the 49ers, who generally removed him on passing downs. He has 5.5 sacks in four professional seasons. He played 37.9 percent of 49ers defensive snaps during eight games with the 49ers last season. He missed the same amount on short-term injured reserve with an ankle injury.

At 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, he has the size to be a 4-3 base end. He’ll likely have to battle Mario Edwards Jr. for snaps opposite Khalil Mack, though Bruce Irvin will take that spot in sub packages.

Carradine will be the 10th free-agent signing expected to make the roster, which means the roster turnover this summer should be significant. 

Here was his Instagram post from Friday night: 

Proud to become an Oakland Raider! Let's go #raiders#nation

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Adding Rashaan Melvin the key move to Raiders' revamped secondary


Adding Rashaan Melvin the key move to Raiders' revamped secondary

The Raiders started this offseason looking to revamp their secondary around their last two first-round picks. Gareon Conley would start at one cornerback spot. Karl Joseph was penned at strong safety.

Every other job, however, was wide open and likely filled from the outside.

Safety Marcus Gilchrist came aboard Thursday, but one premium spot remained open opposite Conley. Veteran cornerback Rashaan Melvin took it Friday afternoon, agreeing on terms of a one-year $6.5 million contract.

NFL Network broke the news of a bargain compared to other cornerback free-agent deals. They aren’t attached to him long term, and Melvin can sign a bigger deal if he plays well in 2018.

The Raiders declared interest in the former Indianapolis cornerback early this week and worked toward an agreement sealed during a Friday morning visit at the team’s Alameda practice facility.

The 28-year old’s fresh off a career year, allowing just 29 receptions for 328 yards and two touchdowns on 55 targets in 2017. He had three interceptions and 13 passes defensed. Quarterbacks had a paltry 60.3 passer rating against him.

Melvin stands 6-foot-2, 196 pounds and has the athleticism to excel in Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s system.

Melvin bounced around before settling with the Colts, struggling to find footing in Tampa Bay, Baltimore New England and two offseason programs in Miami. He found a home in Indianapolis, and became a regular starter in 2016. His breakout 2017 season was cut short by a hand injury that kept him out the last five games.

Melvin projects to start right away. The Raiders will be thrilled if he stays healthy and retains recent form. Melvin has solid ball skills, regularly forces incompletions and thrived in tough assignments that came with being the Colts’ top cornerback.

Gilchrist’s addition, Melvin’s deal and the Friday addition of Shareece Wright fills a cupboard in the defensive backfield laid bare by design.

The Raiders cut David Amerson and now-jailed Sean Smith this offseason. TJ Carrie took a big deal in Cleveland. Reggie Nelson’s allowed to walk as a free agent.

The Raiders added three free agents to the group thus far, and could well draft another defensive back next month.

They’ll have safety Obi Melifonwu in reserve – he’ll have to earn a role after missing most of 2017 with injury – and cornerbacks Antonio Hamilton and Dexter McDonald vying for spots.

Melvin will be plenty motivated to have a big year and cash in at age 29, for what might be his last shot at a big payday.