Raiders rookie Connor Cook takes over as backup QB

ALAMEDA — Donald Penn discovered something new this week during Week 17 of the regular season.


It was rookie quarterback Connor Cook, calling plays.

“It’s the first time I’d heard his voice in the huddle,” Penn said.

All through training camp, it was either starting quarterback Derek Carr or backup Matt McGloin with the first team offense. That changed this week when Carr was lost to a broken right fibula.

With McGloin elevated as the starter, Cook will be active and a play away from being on the field Sunday when the Raiders visit the Denver Broncos Sunday with a chance to win the AFC West and clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Carr, according to Jack Del Rio, will not travel with the Raiders to Denver on Saturday’s team charter.

The last time Cook suited up was the final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, completing 15 of 30 passes for 145 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in a 23-21 loss.

The fourth-round draft pick out of Michigan State got more playing time than either McGloin or Carr in the preseason, completing 31 of 56 passes for 368 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.

Cook’s development since then has been with the scout team, running the opponent’s offense occasionally while McGloin is getting his limited first-team reps.

“There’s barely enough work for two quarterbacks, let alone three, during the week of practice,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. “Connor has been getting just scraps the whole year. He’s been getting Matt’s scraps….

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