Mike Mayock: Lynn Bowden was traded for football reasons only

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Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock says the team’s surprising decision to trade third-round draft pick Lynn Bowden was only about football.

Despite a report that the Raiders had off-field concerns about Bowden, Mayock said it was simply an issue of Bowden struggling to fill the role the Raiders envisioned for him. Bowden played both wide receiver and quarterback in college at Kentucky, and Mayock said it was his own fault that he thought Bowden would be a good fit in the Raiders’ offense as a running back.

“No. 1, it was a football decision only. And character, off-the-field, the kid did absolutely nothing wrong. We did all our homework on the kid, off the field,” Mayock said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “He worked his tail off, he came to work every day. So, this was completely a football decision, had nothing to do with anything else. Quite frankly, I think the position change is a difficult one in any year. But it’s exaggerated in a COVID year with no offseason. So, you’re taking a kid that was a slot receiver in ’18, quarterback in ’19 and asking him to play running back in ’20. And, really, the only other thing I’m going to say about it is, it was my call. He was not able to play today at the level expected and because of that, we felt like we had to make a move. And, again, it’s 100 percent on me.”

Whatever the reasons, the Raiders had to give up Bowden and a sixth-round pick just to get a fourth-round pick back. Picking Bowden in the third round was a big miss by the Raiders.

14 responses to “Mike Mayock: Lynn Bowden was traded for football reasons only

  1. He continues to show that being a TV analyst is not a precursor to a successful GM. Many, many poor decisions.

  2. Haters going to hate, but c’mom now….Mike Mayock hasn’t even been with the Raiders for two years. Give it some time before you judge, and you have to factor in he still has Gruden trying to make stupid decisions.

    Bottom line Go Raiders- Just Win Baby!

  3. Im trying to figure out what Grier is doing. He cut Weaver (5th rd) and Josh Rosen (2nd rd) with no return picks to turn around and give up a Pick or two for this guy who might have off field issues. Come on Grier… stop wasting picks.

  4. It sucks to lose out on the whole deal but I’d rather the Raiders find a trade partner than to cut him next year. That would be 10 times worse. At least they got something for their mistake.

  5. If this is true, then why not just move him to WR? Ruggs, Renfrow, and Edwards are all inexperienced and Agholor is not going to be here beyond this year.
    I mean really, he isn’t better than Zay Jones? I don’t believe that for a minute.

  6. Im trying to figure out what Grier is doing. He cut Weaver (5th rd) and Josh Rosen (2nd rd) with no return picks to turn around and give up a Pick or two for this guy who might have off field issues. Come on Grier… stop wasting picks.
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    Have to agree. I get cutting losses but if you evaluate a guy to be a 2nd and cut him a year later and a 5th this year to cut him before seeing the field, that speaks to lack of evaluation and patience, not to being wise and ahead of the curve. Also Austin Jackson sucked at USC and now hes going to be expected to be our LT day one. If Jackson was picked in the 5th round he might be cut already as well.

  7. Sometimes the issue is based more on fit than overall talent. Your talent level can be off the charts, but if you do not fit what the team needs, you become expendable. I’d rather have the Raiders trade him while getting a pick back than cut and him lose him for nothing. Or, try to justify this pick that doesn’t fit by holding up a roster spot that never pans out.

  8. He simply did not have breakaway speed needed to keep him on special teams either. Combine that with having blitzes blow him up amd you have a combination that isn’t reparable. The move to RB was too complicated for him in THIS offense. Moving to slit is not an option in Vegas like it was in Miami. The fins will suck enough that a fourth will be an early round pick. Good enough.

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