Connor Cook to make first career NFL start in playoffs, make history
It’s Connor Cook time in Oakland.
The Raiders made the announcement on Wednesday that Cook will start in their AFC Wild Card game on Saturday in Houston:
Raiders will start Connor Cook vs Texans.
So it's Cook vs Brock Osweiler.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2017
The former Michigan State quarterback will start in place of MVP candidate Derek Carr and former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin, both of whom are out for Saturday.
It’ll mark the first career start for Cook. That means that he’ll become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to make his first career start in the postseason.
Ironically enough, the last game that Cook started was also a postseason game in the state of Texas. That was Michigan State’s shutout loss to Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.
Since then, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster for Cook. In the 2016 NFL draft, the former All-B1G quarterback fell from a possible first-rounder all the way down to the fourth round, where the Raiders picked him to back up Carr.
Up until last week, Cook was never even No. 2 on the depth chart. But Carr broke his leg two weeks ago and McGloin injured his shoulder vs. Denver on Sunday, which forced the Raiders to turn to Cook. He completed 14-of-21 passes for 150 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Now, Oakland’s resurgent season will be in the hands of Cook.