Quarterback (2): Derek Carr, Nathan Peterman
Jon Gruden is the quarterback guru, and his situation this year is really interesting. The starting quarterback is Derek Carr, which has been the plan since the end of the 2018 season. However, the backup quarterback situation is very interesting.
Landry Jones, who was Ben Roethlisberger‘s backup for 5 seasons was released early in the process and wasn’t given any chance to compete. But that was expected as Jon Gruden mentioned when the Raiders traded for the Antonio Brown that they had brought Landry in to help Brown accumulate to our offense.
Once Jones was gone, the Raiders had left Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman. Although Glennon was getting all the work at the beginning of OTAs, that switched on June 4th. Nathan Peterman was given the chance to lead the second-string offense.
Although not a huge deal, it’s important that Gruden saw something that made him switch out Glennon for Peterman.
An important thing to consider is teams don’t have third-string offenses, and rather the third-string quarterback is used to run the offense vs the first string defense. So in this case, Mike Glennon was given a huge downgrade in his role.
Statistically speaking, Mike Glennon’s 35 touchdowns to 20 interceptions is much better than Nathan Petermans three touchdowns to 12 interceptions. However, Nathan Peterman will finally have a competent offense unlike he did in Buffalo.
I believe Peterman hasn’t been given a fair chance in the NFL. Remember in 2016, while he was in college, he played the national championship team of that year, the Clemson Tigers. He not only threw 5 touchdowns against zero interceptions, but he beat Deshaun Watson, and gave that team there only loss of the 2016 season.
Now, of course, his running back, James Conner also ran for 132 yards. But Peterman had a ton of potential coming out of college. Remember Mel Kiper Jr said Peterman has Brady-esque potential. I believe Gruden will end up keeping Nathan Peterman and cut Mike Glennon.