Landry Jones

Raiders release QB Landry Jones, make room for tight end Erik Swoope

Raiders release QB Landry Jones, make room for tight end Erik Swoope

Derek Carr is the Raiders’ unquestioned starting quarterback and Mike Glennon’s the early and odds-on favorite to be his primary backup.

That left Nathan Peterman and Landry Jones to battle for a third spot that may or may not be there come September.

The competition didn’t last long. Jones was released on Wednesday afternoon, to make room for new tight end Erik Swoope and keep the Raiders' roster at its 90-man maximum.

Jones played five seasons in Pittsburgh and 2018 in Jacksonville before signing with the Raiders in late March.

The 30-year old had experience, but head coach Jon Gruden sees potential in Peterman despite a rocky start to his career in Buffalo.

Jones’ release came a day after Peterman made several quality throws in a Tuesday OTA practice open to the media. If he had been doing that in private portions of the offseason program, releasing Jones may have been an easier move.

Swoope joins a packed tight end position group that also includes Darren Waller, Derek Carrier, Luke Willson, Paul Butler and fourth-round draft pick Foster Moreau.

Something will have to give in that position group over time, with far more bodies than roster spots. Waller seems like a lock and Moreau’s most certainly on board, leaving one or two openings available for the rest. Things could get competitive there, especially if Swoope shows well and Willson flashes old form.

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Swoope spent four seasons with Indianapolis, highlighted by a 2016 with 15 receptions for 297 yards and a touchdown.

The Raiders are now in phase III of the offseason program, with another OTA session Thursday and seven more spread over the next two weeks.

NFL free agency: Raiders sign ex-Steelers backup QB Landry Jones


NFL free agency: Raiders sign ex-Steelers backup QB Landry Jones

A familiar face will join Antonio Brown in the Raiders' locker room, as their quarterback room just got more crowded. 

The Raiders signed former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Jones played with Brown in Pittsburgh from 2013 to 2017. On Nov. 8, 2015, Jones and Brown even connected on a game-winning drive against the Raiders.  

Jones, who turns 30 on April 4, is one of four QBs on the Raiders roster. Last week, the Silver and Black signed Mike Glennon just over a week after cutting 2018 backup AJ McCarron. The Raiders say they're all-in on starter Derek Carr, but have meetings scheduled with some of the NFL draft's top quarterback prospects. 

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Still, it's worth noting that the Raiders only kept two QBs on the active roster last season. Nathan Peterman spent time on the practice squad down the stretch, and he signed a reserve-futures contract with the team in January. 

In other words, Carr figures to be the only lock to make the roster in 2019. If the Raiders draft another quarterback, it's possible the Jones/Glennon/Peterman era ends rather quickly. 

Source: 49ers work out seven QBs, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones

Source: 49ers work out seven QBs, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones

The 49ers held tryouts Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in Santa Clara with seven quarterbacks, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The 49ers are in the market to add to quarterback depth after Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a season-ending injury Sunday in Kansas City. Garoppolo suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo surgery in the next week or two when the swelling subsides in his left knee.

C.J. Beathard will become the 49ers’ starting quarterback. The 49ers also plan to promote Nick Mullens to the team’s 53-man roster to serve as the backup this Sunday when the 49ers play the Los Angeles Chargers.

There is no hurry to move Mullens to the active roster because he's already allowed to practice with the team. The 49ers didn't immediately made any announcement on whether they plan to sign any of the quarterbacks who worked out for the team.

Manuel is a five-year veteran who started 17 games with the Buffalo Bills in his first four seasons before becoming the Raiders’ backup last season. Jones spent the past five seasons as Pittsburgh’s backup.

The 49ers also worked out Kellen Clemens, Tom Savage, Matt Simms, T.J. Yates and Kyle Allen, as NFL reporters Adam Caplan and Howard Balzer first reported. Allen skipped his final year of college eligibility at the University of Houston, went undrafted and signed with the Carolina Panthers. He was cut from the Panthers’ practice squad two weeks ago.

The 49ers also worked out wide receiver Deontez Alexander, and safeties Kelcie McCray and Eddie Pleasant. McCray spent two seasons of his six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, and Pleasant played his first six seasons with the Houston Texans.

Also on Tuesday, the Texans signed defensive end Daeshon Hall of Texas A&M off the 49ers’ practice squad.