Nathan Peterman signing with the Raiders practice squad

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Jon Gruden was enthusiastic about quarterback Nathan Peterman’s potential when Peterman was entering the league in 2017 and Gruden was still in his former job as an analyst for ESPN.

Gruden is now the head coach of the Raiders and he’ll now have a chance to see if he can coax something out of Peterman, who he called the most pro-ready quarterback in the 2017 class. According to multiple reports, the Raiders have signed Peterman after working him out on Wednesday.

Peterman did not do anything during his time in Buffalo that made it seem like Gruden’s pre-draft analysis was on the mark. The Bills made Peterman a fifth-round pick last year and he made four starts and eight overall appearances before being released earlier this year. Peterman completed 52.3 percent of his 130 passes and had a 3:12 touchdown to interception ratio.

Those results didn’t stop other teams from working out Peterman since his release and the Raiders may have moved now in order to get in front of any teams that might have added Peterman to their 90-man offseason roster. Having Peterman on hand for the offseason would give Gruden a chance to develop the skills he raved about in 2017 into something that makes any future appearances less painful to watch for fans of Peterman’s team.

UPDATE 2:34 p.m. ET: Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Peterman has signed to Oakland’s practice squad.

52 responses to “Nathan Peterman signing with the Raiders practice squad

  1. Normally, if the Raiders signed a crap QB I would say “What Nate Peterman is not available.” because he is the worst QB in modern memory………but now I can’t because we signed Nate Peterman. I hate you Gruden.

  2. Gruden is in a no lose position here. Being a Bills fan I saw glimpses of potential from Peterman. People forget that he was really nothing more than a rookie himself and he was thrown into some really tough situations and had some really bad luck. Not to mention that he really had no talent around him. I wish him all the best and hope a change of scenery and some good coaching will bring out that potential.

  3. Peterman did not done anything during his time in Buffalo that made it seem like Gruden’s pre-draft analysis was on the mark.

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    Peterman did too done (see what I did there) something during his time in Buffalo. He played well enough in practice to encourage the Bills staff to continue putting him out there in games… despite the results, or lack of, that they were getting in games from him.

  4. SWFLPC.INC says:
    December 19, 2018 at 2:26 pm
    Mark Geragos definitely demands an explanation

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    The notion that anyone hiring someone not represented by Geragos owes Geragos an explanation is laughable. I realize Garagos thinks differently, but its still laughable.

  5. I wish him all the best and hope a change of scenery and some good coaching will bring out that potential.

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    He’s not going to get good coaching from Chucky. Gruden has failed to develop any young talent. Peterman woul have been better off sitting behind Brady, Rodgers, or somebody. Just watching those guys up close would be better coaching than he is going to get.

  6. Nothing to lose by the Raiders here. Peterman is young and adding him as a developmental QB saves you a draft pick that you might had spent on a late round QB. If he shows potential, you keep him as a backup, if he doesn’t you cut him, simple as that.

  7. Raiders fan here, this settles it, with this move we’re playoff bound.

  8. This couldn’t be any more perfect. The worst franchise and the worst QB, a match made in heaven. Can he throw the ball? Yes, yes he can…most of the time to the other team.

    Just fold this franchise. They will never find a city that actually wants them.

  9. Great!!! Now get rid of Carr and Mark can move up to a 5 dollar haircut….3-11 Raider Nation….

  10. For all the “this proves Kaepernick’s case” crowd, this is apples-to-oranges.

    First of all, Peterman is no doubt signing for the minimum salary; as I recall Kaepernick turned down $7mil from Denver. Second, Peterman can be signed as a young project that overtime may develop into at least a decent backup; as an older veteran I think we’ve already seen Kaepernick’s ceiling.

    The two scenarios are completely different.

  11. The guy is clearly a practice and workout warrior. He shows coaches enough to make them think he can play but then in games he can’t. Those complaining about the lack of talent around him forget that last season he was on a playoff team and this year Josh Allen is doing fine with the same talent Peterman failed with earlier this season. At some point you have to realize that just because a guy practices well doesn’t mean he can translate that into real games.

  12. “Nathan the key to good Quarterbacking is to throw to the guys in uniforms and helmets that match your own.” -John Gruden, QB guru

  13. Gruden inherited a deep and talented Buccaneers team and drove it into the ground (along with Bruce Allen) through a series of terrible draft picks and free agent signings. His new tenure in Oakland is following true to form — a series of head scratching draft choices, poor trades, bad free agent signings, getting rid of his two best players and now signing arguably the worst quarterback in the NFL. It is going to be a long decade for Oakland (err Vegas) fans.

  14. Any Raiders fan who has seen Peterman actually play should be horrified. I think Gruden is just trolling their fans, safe with his 10 year guarantee. What a mess.

  15. Peterman was awful for the Bills, but he must have shown something in practice that led the Bills coaching staff to start him. This still seems like a bad idea, though.

  16. The people who think that Gruden might be able to develop Peterman are hilarious. They clearly forgot about his revolving door of QBs in Tampa Bay. What young QBs has he developed as a head coach? Chris Simms? Bruce Gradkowski? Luke McCown? All stellar success stories from the “QB Whisperer”.

  17. This is part of a brilliant plan to have the DBs gain confidence through Peterman tossing them INTs in practice.

  18. WHY all the hate for Peterman? He was THROWN into the FIRE with the BILLS who have NO Offensive line…no real offensive minded HC and no WR’s. I hope you carves something out with the Raiders because it seems Gruden will at least TRY and coach him up.

  19. And he will look like a Hall of Famer working with the practice squad because by all accounts he’s the best QB to ever live when it comes to practice. Then at some point he’ll make it onto the regular roster and into a real game and some d-back will get more picks in a quarter than he had for the entire season coming into the game. This movie has been released before.

  20. The NP story only got wings for one reason and one reason only. Sean McDerrmott`s total inability to see offensive talent or develop an offense for todays NFL. McDerrmott was impressed by NP in practice but more importantly, his bible trivia acumen. coach loves that game.

  21. To the “this scenario is completely different from Kapernick” crowd. We’ll never know whether Kap would have tried out, taken the offer or agreed to play because he was never called, never tried out and was never asked.

    And that is just another reason why Colin Kapernick will add to what must already be a substantial fortune courtesy again of the NFL to the tune of what will be millions of dollars in a monetary judgement for collusion. Like him or hate him, these stupid old white men (the majority of the owners) are making him very rich.

  22. meatbleatmanifesto says:
    December 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    To the “this scenario is completely different from Kapernick” crowd. We’ll never know whether Kap would have tried out, taken the offer or agreed to play because he was never called, never tried out and was never asked.

    And that is just another reason why Colin Kapernick will add to what must already be a substantial fortune courtesy again of the NFL to the tune of what will be millions of dollars in a monetary judgement for collusion. Like him or hate him, these stupid old white men (the majority of the owners) are making him very rich.

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    For once I agree. Gruden is obviously trying to tank the team for picks to rebuild with. And I do think if you are trying to insure the team loses then Kaepernick gives you the best odds of finishing in last place.

  23. I think that the odds are much better than even that when Gruden gets rid of Carr, Carr could get back to a Pro Bowl level of play if he winds up with a team with competent offensive coaching and a functional o-line. In the meantime, the Raiders probably won’t get more than 4 wins in 2019 with Gruden selecting probable busts with his bevy of 1st rounders and “coaching up” Peterman and some veteran journeyman QB near the end of the line.

  24. Guys who know their role make more sense for organizations. Guys who apparently do not, for example, Colin Kaepernick, remain unsigned. Kap is making a fine living as a victim regardless…all the power to him. There are lots of players on practice squads who know what it means to be a professional, though they may never play on TV. Not a bad gig I’m sure.

  25. Worth a laugh but to be honest, having Carr on the roster at $25M probably hurts the team more than a 3rd string practice squad QB.

  26. jacktatumroamingthemiddle says: “He’s not going to get good coaching from Chucky. Gruden has failed to develop any young talent.”
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    But Rich Gannon was a 10-year journeyman backup that Gruden turned into a 4-time Pro-Bowler and SB starter…

  27. This team is a gift that keeps on giving.

    Whenever your life feels like it going nowhere or there is no hope. Look no further than RaiDUHS led by Dumb and Dumber, you will instantly feel better.

  28. All Gruden had to say is, “I think I can fix him, long-term.” Otherwise a practice squad signing with only 2 games left is pointless at best and laughable at worst.

  29. freepretzels says:
    They need to pay Kap his collusion money and keep it moving. It’s indefensible at this point.
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    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Raiders signed Nathan Peterman to their practice squad as cheap depth. As a vested veteran, Colin Kaepernick is not eligible for ANYONE’S practice squad, therefore bringing his name into the conversation is utterly pointless and shows an ignorant of the facts.

  30. TheDPR says:
    December 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    The guy is clearly a practice and workout warrior. He shows coaches enough to make them think he can play but then in games he can’t. Those complaining about the lack of talent around him forget that last season he was on a playoff team and this year Josh Allen is doing fine with the same talent Peterman failed with earlier this season. At some point you have to realize that just because a guy practices well doesn’t mean he can translate that into real games.

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    Are you really comparing a 5th round pick to a top 10 QB? Allen better be doing much better with the same talent otherwise he should be embarrased.

  31. Defense needs some pick six practice for sure, they now have their interception machine. Give the D a little confidence boost right there lol.

  32. freepretzels says:
    December 19, 2018 at 5:00 pm
    They need to pay Kap his collusion money and keep it moving. It’s indefensible at this point.

    Peterman was signed to the practice squad which Kaep which Kaep is way past being eligible for. And again Peterman was signed to the PRACTICE SQUAD, which are basically just free agents in their rookie or 2nd to 3rd year who are on teams reserve in case they are really low on depth at a position.

    I love poking fun at Peterman as much as the next guy but it isn’t like the guy was signed to come start or take over for Carr. I really don’t get how a QB being signed to the freaking practice squad of all things somehow magically helps Kaeps case when said QB who was signed was basically signed for the purpose of being on the Pracfice Squad/Scout Team and likely nothing more unless Chucky thinks he can work his “QB Guru” skills

  33. Aaron Rodgers could throw 1,240 consecutive interceptions without a touchdown pass and still have a better career TD to INT ratio than Peterman.

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