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.
Peterman is joining the Oakland's practice squad, not the 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 Pitt product ahead of the 2017 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.
Coach Jon Gruden once referred to Peterman as the most pro-ready quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft. Ultimately selected by Buffalo in the fifth round, the Pittsburgh product tossed three touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 130 career pass attempts prior to his release in mid-November. Gruden now gets his chance to take a closer look at Peterman, who will slot in behind Derek Carr and AJ McCarron on Oakland's depth chart. He's a reclamation project without much upside, as Peterman lacks elite physical tools to offset his jitters in the pocket.
Peterman recently held a workout with the Lions, a source told Field Yates of ESPN.
It was Peterman's first audition with another team since the Bills cut him loose Monday following a disastrous season-and-a-half-long run with the organization. Though Peterman possesses an ideal frame (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) for a quarterback and is just 24 years old, the tape he's put out thus far in his brief career suggests he's not a capable NFL backup or a developmental prospect worth keeping on a 53-man roster. If he finds a new home somewhere this season, it will most likely be as a member of the practice squad.
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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