Connor Cook’s first career NFL start is looking like it will come under a big spotlight.
Cook is expected to start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in their AFC Wild Card playoff game against Houston on Saturday. Cook is the Raiders’ third-string quarterback and made his first appearance Sunday as both starter Derek Carr and back-up Matt McGloin were sidelined with injuries.
McGloin said he hoped to be ready for the playoff game, but NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Oakland is expecting Cook will start under center on Saturday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2017
Cook looked solid in his first NFL action. The former Michigan State quarterback completed 14 of his 21 passes for 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Cook, 24, had a lot of experience in big games during his three seasons as a Michigan State starter. For the Spartans, Cook threw for 9,194 yards, 71 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in 43 career games.
Carr, an MVP candidate, was injured in Week 16. McGloin, a Penn State grad, started the Week 17 game against the Broncos but hurt his left (non-throwing) shoulder on a hit in the first half.