With our release of our projected depth chart Monday, we now take a closer look at the quarterback position as it stands heading into training camp next month.
Derek Carr - 3rd year
This one is a no-brainer. Carr is this team's number one quarterback without question. He came within 13 yards of having a 4k passing season in his second season in 2015 and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl as an alternate. Big things are expected from him this season with a returning coaching staff along with all of his top receivers.
Matt McGloin - 4th year
Connor Cook - Rookie (D-4)
McGloin was retained as a restricted free agent with a 2nd round tender, making this is final year under contract. He has been the first quarterback under center after Carr this offseason. Cook was the team's fourth round draft pick, having traded up 14 spots to pick 100 to get him.
Matt McGloin vs Connor Cook
Though McGloin has been the first up after Carr in team sessions during offseason practices, Cook has gotten a few reps with the second team here and there as well. Jack Del Rio said he will rotate in throughout camp. Cook's arm talent and record at the college level (34-5) speaks for itself. Like several others before him, he will look better as a big armed passer than McGloin. But every time McGloin has been challenged for his spot, he has won that battle. He will be challenged again for the primary backup spot behind Carr.
At this moment the team has just three quarterbacks which means they could all be safe inside the bubble and make the roster. There were four quarterbacks on the roster earlier this offseason, but Garrett Gilbert was waived/injured and no replacement was signed. The team may look to add a ‘camp arm' before training camp begins, in which case that QB would be a real longshot to unseat the top three.