Cook, Raiders rookie quarterback, deserves a look

In the aftermath of the wrenching loss of Derek Carr to a broken leg, the Raiders have rallied around the injured quarterback’s backup, Matt McGloin, as they should. And McGloin proved his capability after Carr went down last Saturday, squeezing in a late third-down pass to Amari Cooper to lock down the victory over the Indianapolis Colts. It was the biggest moment of McGloin’s four-year professional career.


There’s no doubt that McGloin is the team’s No. 1 quarterback. But it wouldn’t be a crime to think the guy right behind him on depth chart might be the more intriguing option for the Raiders as they finish the regular season Sunday in Denver and prepare for their first postseason since 2002.

Connor Cook hasn’t taken a professional snap, but the rookie out of Michigan State sure took a lot of big ones in college. In his three years as a starter in East Lansing, the Spartans went 34-5. Cook led them to five wins in seven games against top-10 teams. He beat undefeated Ohio State and undefeated Iowa in Big Ten title games. He led them into college football’s Final Four last year, where they got whacked by Alabama – but isn’t that the case with just about everybody who has played the Tide in the Nick Saban era? Cook beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl and Baylor in the Cotton Bowl. With Cook at quarterback, Michigan State finished third, tied for fifth and tied for sixth in the final AP polls. Without him this year, the Spartans went 3-9.

Cook set Michigan State career records with 71 touchdown passes (against…

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