DICKSON CITY — Matt McGloin left Washington without a contract but with some experience.
The former Penn State quarterback was in the Redskins rookie camp last weekend and will be headed to Carolina’s camp today to try out with the Panthers and possibly catch on with the team for the summer.
“I really like Carolina and I’ve been in touch with them for awhile, so it’s really a good fit for me,” McGloin said Wednesday at Bill O’Brien’s stop at Genetti Manor on Penn State’s Coaches Caravan. “I did it last weekend, so I understand how they work. Might have a step ahead of other guys that they bring in.
“So we’ll see. I just want to compete, and then we’ll see what happens.”
McGloin’s agent said last week that they declined a contract offer that came after the draft because they felt the unnamed team didn’t offer the best opportunity to stick around. McGloin had several standing invitations to attend rookie camp on a tryout basis, including from the Panthers where his friend and fellow 2012 Penn State captain Michael Zordich has already signed as an undrafted free agent.
O’Brien and the Lions coaching staff have tried to help McGloin — as well as his departing teammates — through the process.
“At the end of the day it’s my decision,” McGloin said. “But they did a great job getting me prepared for camps, installing the offense and getting me used to NFL-type terminology.
That last bit is what McGloin hopes will land him a job in the long run. Running a pro-style offense, ported directly from O’Brien’s days with the New England Patriots, has given him added confidence.
McGloin was one of three quarterbacks in the Redskins camp last weekend and felt he stood out because of it.
“You can tell who’s used to it and who isn’t,” McGloin said. “Guys struggle giving the playcall in the huddle. “(Redskins offensive coordinator) Kyle Shanahan would give the playcall in the huddle and you can rattle it off like it’s nothing because you’re used to it. Other guys may struggle with that.
“It may not seem like a lot, but it’s big in their eyes.”
Now it’s a matter of building off of that experience.
“Hey, it’s football, still,” McGloin said with a smile. “The speed may be different, but things don’t change. I felt comfortable throwing the football, picked up the system fast and I know what to expect.”