Michael Crabtree is Raiders’ third-string quarterback for wild card game

Jesse Reed
Written by Jesse Reed

The Oakland Raiders are in a nightmare scenario at the quarterback position heading into Saturday’s wild card game against the Houston Texans. With rookie Connor Cook starting and a banged-up Matt McGloin as his backup, the man who’s be called into duty should both of them fall is none other than receiver Michael Crabtree.

It’s truly been a rough past couple of games for Oakland, which was well on its way to the No. 2 seed in the AFC in Week 16 until Derek Carr had his leg broken against the Indianapolis Colts. Then in Week 17 backup Matt McGloin exited with a shoulder injury, which is also keeping him from starting Saturday against Houston.

Oakland went from a team seemingly destined to take on the New England Patriots for the AFC crown to a team that will be lucky to escape the wild card round with a win.

We hope, for the sake of Raiders Nation, that it doesn’t come down to Crabtree behind center. The Raiders have been a joy to watch in 2016, regardless of fan allegiance. It would be a shame if their season ended with even more groaning and gnashing of teeth.

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Jesse Reed

Jesse Reed

Managing Editor here at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker, and, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.