Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen praised the play of No. 3 quarterback Matt McGloin and said he has confidence that McGloin, who started six games last season as an undrafted rookie, can help the team win if needed.
Still, he remains the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Matt Schaub and rookie Derek Carr, who didn’t play at Green Bay because the team was being cautious after he suffered a concussion last week. Carr, a second-round pick, is expected to play extensively Thursday against Seattle.
In other notes from Allen’s conference call Saturday:
Allen is happy with the play of rookie linebacker Khalil Mack. He didn’t stand out in the first two games, but he flashed against the Packers and had an interception. "I saw progress from Game 1 to Game 2,” Allen said. “Game 3, I saw more progress and I believe everybody else began to see progress because it showed up on the stat sheet. Those are all the things I’ve been seeing out of Khalil Mack up to this point and those are all the things I know he’s capable of doing. He’s got an opportunity to be a difference-maker type of player.”
Allen said he doesn’t believe the hip injury of offensive lineman Menelik Watson will extend into the regular season.
Allen said he there were some good things accomplished by the first-unit defense, but he wasn’t pleased with the tackling in the first drive, which ended with a Green Bay touchdown.
Allen said he is not sure if cornerback D.J. Hayden will practice this week. The No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 draft has been out with a foot injury. He could be placed on the physically unable to perform list to start the regular season. If that happens, he will miss the first six weeks of the season.
Allen praised the play of second-year cornerback Neiko Thorpe. It sounds as if will be in the mix in the regular season.
Allen is hopeful kicker Sebastian Janikowski can play Thursday. He has been dealing with a right quad strain.