The Las Vegas Raiders trimmed their roster to 53 men on Saturday, and these five players should have been some of the few who were shown the door.
Yesterday we saw the Las Vegas Raiders whittle their roster down to 53 men, as they get their team ready to take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season. There were some surprise moves, like the release of Demarious Randall, and the trade of 3rd round pick Lynn Bowden.
Now that they Raiders have their initial roster set, let us take a look at the players who are still on the roster, but should have been among those cut.
Quarterback Nathan Peterman
Giving the 3rd quarterback on the roster a million in guarantees is a head-scratcher, especially when that player should never see the field. Nathan Peterman will hold a clipboard for the Raiders unless there will be two unspeakable tragedies at quarterback ahead of him. What makes the move worse is the Raiders already signed Marcus Mariota to a big money deal to be Derek Carr‘s backup.
Peterman is widely remembered for playing the worst half of football in the history of the game, throwing 5 picks in the first half of a 2017 game against the Chargers. He’s a developmental player who has shown little promise in any real NFL action. That pre-season scramble for 50 yards in 2019 is holding much more weight in the hearts and minds of the front office than it should, and there are better quarterbacks with more promise than him still without a team.