After an entire NFL season as the third-string quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook might be getting his chance as an NFL starter.
There’s only one problem: that elusive first start would be in the wild-card round of the NFL Playoffs.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 2, 2017
Cook was brought in to replace former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin, who injured his shoulder during the Raiders’ 24-6 loss to the Denver Broncos. The last time a quarterback started a playoff game without having a career start was Joe Webb, who started the 2012 wild card game for the Minnesota Vikings against the Green Bay Packers.
Cook threw his first touchdown pass to wide receiver Amari Cooper, which proved to be the Raiders’ first and only score on the day.
Should Cook start, he’d also be the first Raiders quarterback since Rich Gannon to start a playoff game for Oakland. The last time the Raiders played in the NFL postseason was in 2002.
No pressure, Connor.