Peterman (elbow) is healthy and ready to compete for a roster spot in 2020, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. An elbow injury ended Peterman's 2019 campaign early, but it appears his health is back up to par ahead of the upcoming season. He's the clear No. 3 quarterback on the Raiders' roster after Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota, but Peterman will work to convince the team to keep three quarterbacks during training camp.
Peterman was placed on injured reserve Monday with a small tear in the supporting ligament in his elbow, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Peterman had an impressive preseaon for the Raiders as he completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 475 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions while also rushing 12 times for 78 yards. The 25-year-old remained behind Derek Carr and Mike Glennon on the depth chart, but there was the potential for him to receive another look elsewhere if the Raiders waived him. Instead, Peterman will move to IR while he recovers from the ligament injury.
Peterson completed 23 of 37 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's preseason win over the Packers. The former Bill led the Raiders' offense on two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to engineer a comeback victory, finding De'Mornay Pierson-El for a seven-yard TD with a little over five minutes left in the game and then guiding the team into field-goal range for Daniel Carlson's 33-yard game-winner inside the final 10 seconds. Peterman remains stuck behind Derek Carr (who got the night off) and Mike Glennon (who played the first quarter Thursday) on the Oakland depth chart, but this performance could earn him a look from another club in need of a backup QB with some experience if he doesn't make the cut for the Raiders.
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 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.
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