Matt McGloin had one of those good news, bad news weekends.
The good: The former Penn State signal caller has made enough of an impression on the Oakland Raiders’ coaching staff that he played the whole fourth quarter of Friday night’s game against New Orleans. His chief competition — fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson — did not get in the game.
The bad: His play.
While McGloin wasn’t horrible, he wasn’t exactly sharp. He finished the nigh just 4 of 7 for 32 yards with an interception and at least one more pass that should have been an interception but was dropped.
In fairness, McGloin’s interception did come on a desperation fourth-and-18 pass at the end of Oakland’s 28-20 loss.
It will be interesting to see how much playing time McGloin and Wilson will get on Friday when the Raiders host the Bears.
ESPN’s Bill Williamson weighs in on McGloin’s future today on ESPN.com’s AFC West Blog.
Also playing for Oakland defensive lineman Jack Crawford was involved in five tackles in the game.
While McGloin’s battle to win a spot with the Raiders continues, Aaron Maybin’s bid to become a Cincinnati Bengal is over.
The Bengals released the linebacker over the weekender.
Maybin was attempting to revitalize his career after washing out as the Bufallo Bill’s top draft pick in 2009. Maybin never had an impact in Buffalo and was eventually released.
He did appear to find his footing with the Jets in 2011 when he had six sacks and four forced fumbles, playing primarily on passing downs. But the Jets released him in 2012.
Here’s what other Penn Stater’s in the NFL did this past weekend:
— In Arizona, Dallas linebacker Sean Lee had three tackles, while tackle Levi Brown and tight end Mickey Schuler saw action. Brown is trying to hold on to his starting spot after missing last season with an injury while Schuler is just trying to win a roster spot.
— In Baltimore, Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges had three tackles while teammate Michael Mauti had one solo and one assist against the Ravens.
— In Cincinnati, Bengals lineman Devon Still was in on two tackles.
— In Chicago, Bears place kicker Robbie Gould was successful on all five of his PATs and hit field goals of 28 and 48 yards against San Diego. Chargers wide receiver Deon Butler had one catch for 11 yards.
— In St. Louis, Green Bay packer defensive back Chaz Powell had two tackles. Rams linebacker Josh Hull had four tackles.
— In New York, Jacksonville tight end Brett Bracket had a special teams tackle against the Jets.
— In Kansas City, Chiefs linebacker Tambi Hali had two tackles against the 49ers. San Francisco linebacker Navarro Bowman had two tackles while linebacker Nate Stupar recorded an eye-popping nine solo tackles.
— In Houston, Dolphins lineman Jared Odrick and linebacker Cameron Wake had two tackles each.
— In New York, Giants linebacker Dan Connor had three tackles.
— In Seattle, defensive lineman Jordan Hill was involved in three tackles.