Connor Cook Expected To Start At QB For Raiders Vs. Texans

Doyle BarkerJan 05, 2017

The Texans have some quarterback troubles themselves, as the ineffective Brock Osweiler will start over Tom Savage. Keeping him without the ball will pretty much keep the Raiders in single digits for scoring.

The Raiders must do the opposite to have a chance against Houston whether McGloin or Cook starts the game, though signs are pointing to Cook becoming the first National Football League player to make his first start in the playoffs.

It is fair to wonder what impact it's all having on the psyche of a Raiders team that, on Sunday, gave up 143 rushing to a Broncos team that hadn't rushed for that many since October 24. It changes the complexion of the entire game.

"I think he (Brock Osweiler) has to be the choice". He won't even get the standard six days of prep for his first start in the NFL.

For whatever reason, Connor Cook, once considered a sure fire first rounder, and perhaps very likely quite high in the first round, slid all the way to round four. After his first 1,000-yard season past year, Murray finished this season with 788 yards and a 4.0 yards per carry average. I thought there were some positives with Connor's possession. He's not Derek Carr yet, but he doesn't have to be.

In addition, Texans coach Bill O'Brien coached McGloin at Penn State.

"I'm just ready [to] embrace this opportunity and give it everything I've got", Cook said Wednesday. Ball security is so huge. "It requires patience and part of that is, and I spoke to this yesterday, is when you want to run the ball well you have to move the chains and we were bad on third down yesterday".

The Raiders traded up on the third day of the draft to select Cook in the fourth round out of Michigan State, where he started for three seasons.

"I've been seeing him since training camp", running back Jalen Richard said of Cook. "Even when I was inactive, I was still watching the film, still studying the game plan, still going over everything". It's not going to change anything for me.

The Miami Dolphins will be in the same boat at the Raiders and Texans in that their starting quarterback is injured.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cook will become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to start a playoff game without having a regular-season start on his resume. Mornhinweg took over after the Ravens fired Marc Trestman after the first five games of the season. If Osweiler throws 2-3 INT's in this game, a win for the Texans is not a guarantee at all. Jones was hauled in to the hoosgow for getting into an altercation with a hotel security guard and allegedly poking him in the eye.

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