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Jon Gruden sorts out Raiders QB shuffle, explains why he needs three

Jon Gruden sorts out Raiders QB shuffle, explains why he needs three

ALAMEDA – Jon Gruden has always intended to keep three quarterbacks on this Raiders roster.

Derek Carr’s the unquestioned starter. Mike Glennon’s his backup. And Nathan Peterman was supposed to be the third guy, an athletic player to run the scout team and continue his development away from the spotlight.

That plan became unrealistic during the preseason finale, when Peterman felt some pain in his right elbow.

“He actually finished the game,” Gruden said. “He came over on the sideline with a sore right elbow. After the game it got a little bit more sore. Gave him an MRI and there’s a little ligament problem there. He won’t have to have surgery. He’ll probably be back the middle part of the season.”

Using a short-term IR designation on a third quarterback seems extreme. Gruden has one of his two return slots earmarked for Isaiah Johnson, and the other is more likely to go to a player who can help the club on game days.

The Raiders need help running the scout team right away, which is why they claimed DeShone Kizer off waivers from Green Bay on Sunday morning.

Kizer’s athletic enough to fill the scout-team role, with a strong arm and upside coaches can develop into an asset or more of an impact player. The Notre Dame alum is just 23 years old, with several unsuccessful of starts in Cleveland.

“He’s had a lot of reps. He’s had a lot of experiences,” Gruden said. “I’m sure most of his bad experiences, like Peterman, will be reported over and over. But I think he’s got a big upside. He’s athletic. I know [offensive coordinator Greg Olson] and I are looking forward to working with him. We have to fast track him. He has a lot to learn in a short period of time. But we are really disappointed that Nate got hurt.”

Gruden didn’t consider going with two quarterbacks, and using an extra roster spot to fortify another position group. He survived with two quarterbacks last year with Carr and AJ McCarron, but didn’t feel comfortable with it despite only being down to one guy once.

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“We went down to one quarterback last year, and I almost jumped off the bridge,” Gruden said. “You have to shut down business if you don’t have a backup quarterback. My brother [Jay Gruden] went through it last year [in Washington]. I don’t know how many quarterbacks they had to play. Some franchises go with two. They’ve had a guy that stayed healthy for 10 years. I hope Derek [Carr] does that. This is no reflection on Derek, but I just think you have to have guys developing at that position. You have to have guys ready to go out and play. We have really good receivers. We have a good group of offensive lineman. We want to have a quarterback that can help everybody win.”

Peter King tries to make sense of Raiders having four QBs on roster

Peter King tries to make sense of Raiders having four QBs on roster

When the Raiders kept three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster Saturday, fans were a bit bewildered.

So imagine the confusion when Oakland claimed quarterback DeShone Kizer from the Packers on Sunday.

Coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock didn't get rid of Mike Glennon or Nathan Peterman when they brought Kizer in, either.

So, at the moment, the Raiders have four -- FOUR -- quarterbacks on their roster.

NBC Sports' Peter King doesn't understand what the Raiders are doing with so many quarterbacks, and tried to make sense of the situation in his latest Football Morning in America column:

"I don’t get Nathan Peterman to begin with as a third QB, and I certainly don’t get the waiver claim of DeShone Kizer as the fourth QB. There’s likely to be action there early this week; maybe Mike Mayock thinks he can get Indy or Denver to bite on backup Mike Glennon as a number two.

Complicating matters is that Brian Hoyer got cut by the Patriots, and Hoyer would be a cheap and unselfish backup, particularly for a good young quarterback."

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The Raiders definitely aren't starting the 2019 season with four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. That would make no sense at all. A shoe has to drop. Either Gruden and Mayock will trade Glennon or Peterman, or someone gets cut.

Stay tuned. The quarterback carousel in Oakland isn't done spinning.

NFL rumors: Raiders to keep Mike Glennon, Nathan Peterman as backup QBs

NFL rumors: Raiders to keep Mike Glennon, Nathan Peterman as backup QBs

The Nathan Peterman Era with the Raiders reportedly will extend into the 2019 NFL season.

Mike Glennon won the backup job behind Oakland starter Derek Carr, but Jon Gruden "really does like" Peterman "and wants to help resurrect his career," NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Friday night.

Gruden has said throughout the offseason that he likes to keep three quarterbacks on the roster, and you don't need HBO's "Hard Knocks" cameras to see that he has taken a particular liking to Peterman. The Pittsburgh product's start to his NFL career was disastrous, as he threw four interceptions in his first start with the Buffalo Bills and completed a 52.3 percent of his passes in eight apperances over his first two NFL seasons. 

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Those performances turned Peterman into an NFL laughing stock, but Gruden thinks he can bring out the best in the 25-year-old. With Derek Carr ahead of him (and Glennon, for that matter), it seems unlikely Peterman will take the field in 2019 outside of a worst-case scenario for the Silver and Black. 

But considering Peterman's strange journey that reportedly has him on the cusp of a roster spot, would anything surprise you at this point?