Peterman signed a reserve/future contract with the Raiders on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Peterman's struggles with the Bills over the last two years have been well-documented with just three touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions in eight games. Josh Allen is the clear future for Buffalo and Matt Barkley will be a serviceable backup, so the Bills cut Peterman in November. According to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, coach Jon Gruden likes Peterman's athleticism and sees a chance to reinvent him. "Hopefully, we can take him into the offseason program. See if we can restart him and get him going," Gruden said. Peterman will battle AJ McCarron to be Derek Carr's backup in 2019.
The Raiders signed Peterman to their practice squad Wednesday, not their 53-man roster, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Given his career totals of three touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 130 pass attempts, the Raiders probably don't need to worry about another team poaching Peterman off their practice squad. Jon Gruden was a huge fan of the Pittsburgh product ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft, and the Raiders coach now gets a closer look to see if there's anything to salvage. This move comes with no real risk for the Raiders, but it's also hard to find any shred of upside, considering Peterman is substandard in terms of both physical tools and poise in the pocket.
The Bills waived Peterman on Monday. Peterman was horrendous in eight spot appearances during his two-year tenure in Buffalo, posting a completion percentage of 52.3, interception rate of 9.2 percent and three touchdowns on 130 career passes. With the impressive showing from Matt Barkley on Sunday against the Jets and the expected return to health of Josh Allen (elbow) in Week 12 following a bye week, Peterman was on precarious footing. The Bills made the logical move with their 53-man roster, even if it meant admitting defeat with the development of the 2017 fifth-round pick.
Head coach Sean McDermott would not commit to Peterman starting Sunday against the Jets in the event that Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) cannot play, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports. Anderson has already been ruled out for Week 10, so he will not be an option for the Bills this week. Allen has not played in almost a month, and although he will get three days of practice in this week, he is not a lock to play, either. That would put Peterman in line for another start, but McDermott's comments at his Friday morning press conference leave the door open for Matt Barkley to start if Allen ultimately is ruled out as well. Expect more details on the Bills' quarterback situation to emerge in the near future.
Peterman completed 31 of 49 passes for 189 yards and three interceptions while rushing eight times for 46 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-9 home loss to the Bears. Peterman continued to build his case for the worst passer of all time, tossing another pick-six among his three interceptions to bring his career touchdown to interception ratio to 3:12. His line would have looked even worse if not for a one-yard rushing score with his team down 34-3 in the fourth quarter. Up next for the Bills is a Week 10 matchup with the Jets, and they'll certainly be hoping to have at least one of Josh Allen (elbow) or Derek Anderson (concussion) back by then.
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