READING — Matt McGloin will get his first shot at the pros in the nation’s capital.
The Scranton native announced Tuesday that he will attend the Washington Redskins rookie camp, which begins on Thursday.
“For the next few days, I’m a Washington Redskin. And right now my mission is to prove that I can contribute and hopefully be a Redskin next week, then next month, and fight to earn a spot on the team for the season,” McGloin said through his agency. “This is what I fought my entire life to earn, and I’m going to make the most of it.”
McGloin will be hoping to impress the Redskins enough to be offered a contract at the end of the weekend. He would join former teammates Mike Farrell (Steelers), Stephon Morris (Patriots), Matt Stankiewitch (Patriots) and Michael Zordich (Panthers) who all received contracts from NFL teams as undrafted free agents.
Jordan Hill (third round, Seahawks), Gerald Hodges (fourth round, Vikings) and Michael Mauti (seventh round, Vikings) were all selected in last weekend’s draft.
McGloin’s agent, Mark Magazu, said that McGloin had invitations to attend camp from eight different teams. He had one contract offer following the draft but did not accept it.
“Matt was grateful for the offer, but the team had clearly established quarterbacks at all levels which would have made pathways difficult for Matt to catch on,” Magazu said in a statement. “It was a gamble, but we think a wise one.”
Washington has four quarterbacks under contract in Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman and Pat White. The Redskins have signed 18 undrafted free agents since Saturday but none were quarterbacks.
McGloin broke several school records after taking over as the team’s full-time starting quarterback in 2012.
His work ethic was instrumental in installing coach Bill O’Brien’s pro-style offense, which was a major overhaul from Penn State’s past.
“I’m glad Matt is going to get a chance to compete,” O’Brien said Tuesday morning at Penn State’s Berks campus on the first stop of his Coaches Caravan tour. “That’s all he’s asking for. That’s all he’s ever asked for. I wish him the best, and I think he’ll do well.”
The tricky part of finding a landing spot this year, O’Brien said, was the abundance of quarterbacks available. Aside from a few notable exceptions like Florida State’s E.J. Manuel, 2013 quarterbacks as a whole saw their stock fall during the draft. Well-known names like West Virginia’s Geno Smith and USC’s Matt Barkley were picked a day later than projected.
That effect trickled down the rankings, leaving McGloin competing for a contract with the likes of Tennessee’s Tyler Bray, who was widely expected to be drafted.
“As that starts going that way, then those guys that are the undrafted free agent prospects, it’s a little bit harder for them to find a spot,” O’Brien said.