Jon Gruden doesn’t know if backup QB is on Raiders roster

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The Raiders know who their starting quarterback is, but the offseason program, training camp and three preseason games haven’t given them a clear answer on who will be backing him up in Week One.

Connor Cook and EJ Manuel have been competing for the job, but head coach Jon Gruden didn’t come close to naming a winner on Friday. Gruden was asked if the team’s backup quarterback is on the roster and the coach left the door open to bringing in someone else.

“I don’t know,” Gruden said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’re going to continue to work, continue to see who’s available. I thought there were some good moments tonight and there were some moments tonight that weren’t good. It’s been too inconsistent. But I’m not going to say much more tonight until I see the tape. We’re going to continue to evaluate it.”

Cook came into Friday’s game ahead of Manuel and went 6-of-15 for 72 yards and an interception. Manuel, who started one game while Derek Carr was out with a back injury last year, was 8-of-12 for 87 yards. He fumbled twice and the Packers recovered one of them.

Film from Friday and this week’s preseason finale should clarify the picture for Gruden. We’ll see if that means they stand pat or if they spend the hours before the cut to 53 players working the phones to acquire someone they think is better suited to the task.

30 responses to “Jon Gruden doesn’t know if backup QB is on Raiders roster

  1. There are 3rd string QBs on other teams that are better than Cook or Manuel. Probably a couple of #4’s too.

  2. you have to love the haters saying a 3x pro bowler and MVP candidate is not a starter. funny how hate can make you sound like a complete loser

  3. No worries. The Raiders have good players and good coaches. I don’t pay too much attention to what goes on in practice games. I remember the Raiders one year going 0-4 in the pre-season, then winning the super bowl. Obviously they didn’t look good going 0-4. It was practice.

  4. Gruden can have Deshon Kizer, two first rounders and a fourth from the Packers for Kalil Mack,it wont get any better than that for Oakland.

  5. raidernation210 says:
    August 26, 2018 at 10:35 am
    you have to love the haters saying a 3x pro bowler and MVP candidate is not a starter. funny how hate can make you sound like a complete loser
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    Yea it’s kinda like how you like to troll eagles artticles and say foles=dilfer? Ravens won in spite of dilfer. Foles put up huge numbers and was a big part of why the eagles won. Big difference you troll. Dilfer never put up 27 td’s with only 2 ints like foles. Dilfer never threw 7tds in one game like foles. Dilfer never won SB mvp like foles. It’s comments like yours that make YOU sound like a compete loser.

  6. raidernation210 says:
    August 26, 2018 at 10:35 am
    you have to love the haters saying a 3x pro bowler and MVP candidate is not a starter. funny how hate can make you sound like a complete loser
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    MVP “candidate”? I remember when Andy Dalton was an MVP “candidate” as well…. In reality, every player is an MVP “candidate”…..but there is only one actual winner.

  7. raidernation210 says:
    August 26, 2018 at 10:35 am
    you have to love the haters saying a 3x pro bowler and MVP candidate is not a starter. funny how hate can make you sound like a complete loser.

    Well there is stuff like this that helps sum it up…..

    Hogneck Henderson says:
    August 26, 2018 at 10:52 am
    Carr is better than Brady at this point, tards

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    So when you have a delusional high opinion of a guy that might still be pretty darn good, just not godlike the way you see him, everything looks like hater comments.

  8. I’ve seen improved nuances with Carr and Cook. Manuel looks confused and careless with the ball. He’s the odd man out at this point.

  9. raidernation210 says:
    August 26, 2018 at 10:35 am
    you have to love the haters saying a 3x pro bowler and MVP candidate is not a starter. funny how hate can make you sound like a complete loser

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    I am sure you drafted him in the 3rd round for your fantasy team 😀 😀

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    Yea it’s kinda like how you like to troll eagles artticles and say foles=dilfer? Ravens won in spite of dilfer. Foles put up huge numbers and was a big part of why the eagles won. Big difference you troll. Dilfer never put up 27 td’s with only 2 ints like foles. Dilfer never threw 7tds in one game like foles. Dilfer never won SB mvp like foles. It’s comments like yours that make YOU sound like a compete loser.

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    Wow! Foles had ONE good season in a gimmick offense that everyone figured out! He’s 22-17 as a starter and couldn’t start in St. Louis or KC, yet he catches lightning in a bottle and you loser eagles fans think he is some great qb lmao!!! As you can already tell in preseason the clock has struck midnight and his Cinderella season is over! So yes that’s why it’s……

    Dilfer>>>>Foles

  11. Raider210 you little troll that wants to troll just about every eagles article lol talk about having 1 good season. U guys make the playoffs once in a great while and you talk like you’re some great team. You guys act like McKenzie is this great gm when he sucks. You guys just cut your 2nd round pick from last year. You really gonna judge foles from his time playing under Jeff Fisher? That shows how much football knowledge you have. Foles jersey remains in in the hall of fame from his 7tds vs your raiders. Just cuz dilfer beat your raiders doesn’t mean he’s any good. Foles broke postseason records last season. . . . As a backup. What’d your team do last time they made the playoffs?. . . .with a backup? SB52 CHAMPS. . . .you chump. Keep trolling though. That oughtta help your team and your self confidence, right? Haa

  12. It’s not like us eagles fans think foles is this great qb(he is pretty good though) but when youre always jumping on our articles talking crap about the super bowl mvp qb, then yea we’re gonna give it right back to you. Especially when he’s more decorated and accomplished than any qb you have on your roster.

  13. Glad I’m not the only one on the trade for Bridgewater bandwagon. Always admired his mechanics with the Vikings.

  14. bird2urmother says:
    You really gonna judge foles from his time playing under Jeff Fisher? That shows how much football knowledge you have. Foles jersey remains in in the hall of fame from his 7tds vs your raiders.

    What about not being able to beat out Alex Smith in KC? you blaming the coach on that too? Love the Fisher reference LOL! like he didn’t have Steve McNair 1yd from winning a Super Bowl. If Foles was any good maybe Fisher would have looked better, sometimes you can make chicken soup wit chicken s***! WOW! he passed for 7tds again a 3-13 team way back in 2013! Congrats to him! but it’s still….

    Dilfer>>>Foles

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