Raiders coach Jon Gruden is a fan of Nathan Peterman.
The 25-year-old struggled during his eight appearances with the Bills over the last two seasons before landing with Oakland in December. But, Gruden told reporters Tuesday that Peterman has a good chance to be the team’s backup quarterback this season.
“This Nate Peterman is growing on me,” Gruden said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He’s athletic. I know he has had some nightmare performances in the NFL but, when you watch the film you can see why. It’s not all his fault. He has some talent.”
Peterman played in four games and made two starts for Buffalo in 2018, throwing seven interceptions and just one touchdown.
“He has some athleticism and experience,” Gruden said. “He was an opening-day starter for the Buffalo Bills last year. I take that very serious. He’s smart and has done a good job. He has been consistent, and I think he’s starting to get his confidence back. We all need that.”
Full quote from Jon Gruden on Raiders QB Nathan Peterman. “I know he’s got some nightmare performances in the NFL, but when you watch the film, you can see why: It’s not all his fault.” pic.twitter.com/zfxxBCnBtg
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Derek Carr is expected to be Oakland’s Week 1 starter while the team also has Mike Glennon on its roster.
The Raiders struggled in 2018 and finished with a 4-12 record but they completely rebuilt their offense this offseason. They traded for disgruntled Steelers receiver Antonio Brown and signed wideout Tyrell Williams, along with offensive lineman Trent Brown.