Jon Gruden Loves Hoarding Quarterbacks, Lets Take a Look At His Collection Pre 2019 NFL Draft
The Oakland Raiders drafted Derek Carr with the 36th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Ever since then, he has been the starting quarterback for the Raiders. The Raiders , however, have had a turnstile at their backup position. Having the likes of Matt McGloin, Connor Cook, and EJ Manuel. This season is no different, head coach Jon Gruden is bringing in two fresh faces in the quarterback room with Mike Glennon and Landry Jones. Gruden signed Nathan Peterman to the practice squad late last season. That brings that total quarterbacks on the Raiders roster before the NFL Draft to four. Lets take an in-depth look and breakdown their current state at the quarterback position.
QB1 Derek Carr
QB2 Mike Glennon
QB3 Landry Jones
QB4 Nathan Peterman
The state of the quarterback position depends on which Derek Carr the Raiders are getting. Behind Carr the Raiders have three quality backups, all with starting experience. That is huge, especially with the health history of Carr.
Derek Carr was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 Draft with hopes that he will be able to turn into a franchise quarterback. The only person he had to compete with was Matt McGloin, who he easily beat out in the preseason. Out of the three rookie quarterback drafted before him; Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, he was the only one to start all 16 games as a rookie. He has had to change head coaches three times, Dennis Allen, Tony Sparano and Jack Del Rio. None of them were even close to the offensive minds of Jon Gruden.
Derek Carr reached his peak as a player, so far, in 2016. He lead the Raiders to a 13-2 season, with an MVP caliber performance, before breaking his leg in week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts. After that year he has struggled mightily with injuries including a broken pinky and a fracture in his back. Some critics say these injuries have gotten into Carr’s head and have made him skittish when the pocket collapses around him. The Raiders must have heard these rumors when they drafted two offensive tackles with two out of their first three picks last year.
Like I stated earlier, Carr’s first and second half splits were pretty different. The Carr of the first half, 10 touchdowns to 8 interceptions. Or the Carr of the second half of the season, 9 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. Carr finished the season with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The second half split was without Amari Cooper, which makes it even more crazy. Carr showed improvement every week in Gruden’s system. I think a full year plus another off-season will set DC up to make a comeback to the once highly tiered MVP caliber player. Especially with all the talent they have added around him this off-season and the NFL draft yet to come.
Glennon started his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, starting 13 games as a rookie. After his rookie year the Bucs drafted Jameis Winston and Glennon served as a backup his remaining time there. Glennon, only a few off-seasons ago, was handed a huge contract by the Chicago Bears, only to watch them select Mitch Trubisky #2 overall a few weeks later in the NFL draft.
Last season, he served as a backup for the Arizona Cardinals. He beat out Sam Bradford for their backup job after Josh Rosen took over as starter week 4. Glennon appeared in two games last year, throwing for 174 yards one touchdown and zero interceptions. He is a prototypical pocket passer at 6′ 6″. Glennon starts the off-season with the upper hand as the Raiders backup quarterback.
Jones has been the Pittsburgh Steelers backup since being drafted in 2013. Gruden loves having experienced quarterbacks on his roster and he has that with Jones. Jones has appeared in 19 regular season games, starting in five of those. He even has some postseason experience. Jones appeared in a 2015 NFL playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals for one series due to a Ben Roethlisberger injury, he threw five passes completing two of them. He almost threw a game sealing interception in that game but luckily Jeremy Hill fumbled the ball back to them on the next play. The Steelers rushed Big Ben back into the game after that play.
Gruden said recently that he brought him in because, “I think his history with Antonio Brown will help me personally.” I think that is 100% true, I think the Raiders brought Jones on solely to help ease the transition for both the Raiders and Antonio Brown. He will have to fight for the backup job against two solid backups in Glennon and Peterman.
Peterman has a well documented history in his short stint in the NFL. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2017 in the fifth round. Peterman was drafted, in thought, to have a chance to be their franchise quarterback. The Bills had Tyrod Taylor at the time so Peterman had to wait for his chance. When he got the chance he made sure everybody knew his name, throwing five interceptions. It only went downhill from there with the Bills.
Peterman was cut by the Bills after week 10, Gruden quickly snatched him up and stored him on their practice squad. At this year’s NFL Owners Meetings Gruden reminded everybody about Peterman’s prospects saying, “I don’t want you guys to forget Peterman, he was once the opening day starter for Buffalo.” But Gruden believes he can bring out what once got draft experts excited over Peterman.
The Raiders have done a fantastic job this off-season surrounding Carr with competent competition. It will be an interesting battle to see who will win the Raiders backup quarterback job. My guess will be Carr as QB1 and Glennon as QB2. It will be a mystery how many quarterbacks Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock will want to carry throughout the regular season.