Matt McGloin is ready.
Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen promoted McGloin, the West Scranton High School and Penn State graduate, to the team's No. 2 quarterback spot Wednesday -- ahead of Matt Flynn -- for Sunday night's game against the San Diego Chargers.
Starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been cleared to return to the lineup after sitting out last week's loss to the Washington Redskins while recovering from a concussion. Flynn played in his place, and threw for 227 yards with a touchdown and an interception that was returned for a score in the 24-14 defeat.
"Things for me haven't really changed at all," McGloin said. "I came into camp here as the No. 4 and I went to work as if I was preparing to be the starter. I'm studying the films and I am getting my reps in at practice, getting my reads and I'm staying focused. And I'll be ready if I am called upon.
"As the backup now, I know that I am one play away from being the guy."
The Raiders' game against the Chargers will kick off at 11:35 p.m. EST on Sunday because of Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Oakland A's and the Detroit Tigers on Saturday at O.co Coliseum. Field crews need enough time to convert the playing surface from a baseball diamond to a football field. The game will be televised by the NFL Network.
Allen made the announcement about McGloin at his Wednesday press conference after confirming that Pryor was healthy and back in as the starter.
"We are going to take a look at Matt McGloin as the backup quarterback," Allen said. "I want to get a look at him and see what he can do as a backup quarterback."
An undrafted free agent, McGloin earned a spot on the Raiders' 53-man roster, beating out fourth-round draft choice Tyler Wilson, who was released and then signed to the practice squad.
During the preseason, McGloin completed 20 of 35 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions. But, as the No. 3 quarterback behind Pryor and Flynn when the regular-season opened, he was inactive for the first three weeks.
"It's helpful to sit and learn the speed of the game and see how the plays develop, but it is also tough," McGloin said. "You work hard in practice all week and then you don't dress. But I took advantage of that time and I always stayed positive, knowing that if I continued to work hard, I would get my opportunity and it's important that I am ready."
Heading into this week's game against the Chargers, McGloin and the Raiders will be looking to turn the season around after losses to the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and the Redskins. They are 1-3 in the AFC West and trail division leaders Denver and Kansas City, which are both undefeated, and the Chargers, who are 2-2.
"We've had great practices," McGloin said. "We took a look at the tapes and we know that we are a play or two away from being 2-2 or 3-1. We have to stay confident.
"We have a tough opponent this week, a divisional opponent and if we can play well we can get right back in this."