Nathan Peterman

Chicago Bears
Quarterback #2
Chicago Bears
Quarterback #2

Nathan Peterman News

Signs one-year deal with Chicago

The Bears signed Peterman to a one-year contract Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Peterman spent the last two seasons in Las Vegas, appearing in two games and totaling 15 offensive snaps. The 2017 fifth-round pick will compete with Trevor Siemian for the backup spot behind Justin Fields.

May 11, 2022 12:11 PM EST

Reverts to practice squad

Peterman reverted to Las Vegas' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Peterman was added to the active roster to serve as the backup quarterback to Derek Carr with Marcus Mariota placed on the reserve-COVID-19 list. The veteran did not see any game action against Denver on Sunday. Now back on the Raiders' practice squad, he will likely remain there barring an injury to either Carr or Mariota.

Dec 28, 2021 12:48 PM EST

Added to active roster

Peterman was activated from the practice squad Sunday.

Analysis: Peterman will serve as the primary backup quarterback after Marcus Mariota was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. This will be just the second time this season that Peterman is active. In his last game, he played four snaps and had two rushing attempts for two yards, but barring an injury to Derek Carr, he isn't expected to see the field Sunday.

Dec 26, 2021 9:27 AM EST

Cut by Raiders

Peterman was released by the Raiders on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Peterman served as the Raiders' backup quarterback after Marcus Mariota (quadriceps) went down during the season opener, but Mariota is now healthy. Peterman has played well in the preseason over the past few years, though he's thrown only five pass attempts in two regular-season appearances since the 2018 campaign.

Nov 2, 2021 2:52 PM EST

Plays whole game again

Peterman completed 18 of 29 passes for 175 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 34-10 preseason loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Peterman once again played the entirety of the offensive snaps to end his extensive preseason involvement. Although he found Nick Bowers for a 16-yard touchdown in the third quarter, Peterman was picked off on his next drive. The veteran will now await his fate as he hopes for a roster spot behind Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota.

Aug 29, 2021 4:46 PM EST

Sunday start on tap

Peterman is slated to start Sunday's preseason finale against the 49ers, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: It appears as though the Raiders have no plans to play starting QB Derek Carr in the contest, with coach Jon Gruden noting that Peterman "will start and Peterman will finish, until I get better information." Also factoring into that plan is that the team would prefer not use Marcus Mariota this weekend, as he's been managing a quad issue. In the context outlined by Gruden's quote, Peterman looks like a player to consider Sunday in DFS formats.

Aug 27, 2021 1:16 PM EST

Back with Raiders

Las Vegas re-signed Peterman to a one-year extension Thursday.

Analysis: Peterman only appeared in one contest in 2020, and though he ultimately lost the backup gig to Marcus Mariota, it appears that the Raiders never lost interest in his continuing development. Derek Carr and Mariota both remain under contract for 2021, likely positioning Peterman to work as the No. 3 option this offseason, though Carr has been connected to trade rumors and Mariota's contract does include a potential out.

Feb 4, 2021 3:02 PM EST

Loses back up job

Peterman (coach's decision) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: Peterman had been handling the back up duties behind Derek Carr since Week 8, but as evidenced by this new, Marcus Mariota will assume the position. Peterman saw work in last week's blowout loss to Atlanta, completing three of five passes for 25 yards. It's unclear if Peterman was relegated to the No. 3 job for good or just for Week 13.

Dec 6, 2020 8:51 AM EST

Restructures contract

Peterman agreed to a restructured contract that will pay $1 million -- all guaranteed -- in 2020, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Peterman inked a one-year, $2.133 million contract in April, but none of that money was guaranteed. Presumed No. 2 quarterback Marcus Mariota is dealing with an undisclosed injury, so it makes sense for the Raiders to rework a mutually beneficial deal that will likely keep Peterman rostered through the entire 2020 season. If Mariota gets healthy, however, Peterman could be a healthy scratch on gameday.

Sep 4, 2020 3:53 PM EST

Ready to compete

Peterman (elbow) is healthy and ready to compete for a roster spot in 2020, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: An elbow injury ended Peterman's 2019 campaign early, but it appears his health is back up to par ahead of the upcoming season. He is the clear No. 3 quarterback on the Raiders' roster after Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota, but he will work to conivince the team to keep three quarterbacks during training camp.

Jun 29, 2020 5:00 PM EST

Receives contract tender

The Raiders placed an fifth-round pick tender on Peterman (elbow) on Monday, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Peterman failed to suit up during the 2019 season after an elbow injury forced him to finish the season on injured reserve. The 25-year-old stands to make $2.1 million with the Raiders, however, the Raiders would stand to receive a fifth-round pick back as compensation should they fail to match an impending contract offer from another team.

Mar 16, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Lands on injured reserve

Peterman was placed on injured reserve Monday with a small tear in the supporting ligament in his elbow, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Peterman had an impressive preseaon for the Raiders as he completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 475 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions while also rushing 12 times for 78 yards. The 25-year-old remained behind Derek Carr and Mike Glennon on the depth chart, but there was the potential for him to receive another look elsewhere if the Raiders waived him. Instead Peterman will move to IR while he recovers from the ligament injury.

Sep 2, 2019 2:11 PM EST

Leads preseason comeback win

Peterson completed 23 of 37 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's preseason win over the Packers.

Analysis: The former Bill led the Raiders' offense on two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to engineer a comeback victory, finding De'Mornay Pierson-El for a seven-yard TD with a little over five minutes left in the game and then guiding the team into field-goal range for Daniel Carlson's 33-yard game-winner inside the final 10 seconds. Peterman remains stuck behind Derek Carr (who got the night off) and Mike Glennon (who played the first quarter Thursday) on the Oakland depth chart, but this performance could earn him a look from another club in need of a backup QB with some experience if he doesn't make the cut for the Raiders.

Aug 22, 2019 11:33 PM EST

Makes future deal with Raiders

Peterman signed a reserve/future contract with the Raiders on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: 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, 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.

Jan 1, 2019 8:44 PM EST

Joining Oakland practice squad

Peterman is joining the Oakland practice squad, not the 53-man roster, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 19, 2018 11:45 AM EST

Signed by Gruden

Peterman is signing with the Raiders on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Raiders coach Jay 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 Pitt 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 the Oakland depth chart. It's a reclamation project without much upside, as Peterman lacks elite physical tools to offset his jitters in the pocket.

Dec 19, 2018 11:25 AM EST

Works out with Detroit

Peterman recently held a workout with the Lions, a source told Field Yates of ESPN.

Analysis: 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.

Nov 18, 2018 7:01 AM EST

Cut loose by Buffalo

The Bills waived Peterman on Monday.

Analysis: 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.

Nov 12, 2018 5:14 PM EST

Benched in favor of Matt Barkley

Matt Barkley will get the start at quarterback while Peterman will act as the second-string option, the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: That's now two times in one season Peterman has been passed over by a quarterback the Bills acquired off the street, with Derek Anderson (concussion) and Barkley earning starting roles after dismal games from the turnover-prone second-year player. Josh Allen (elbow) is expected to be back following the team's Week 11 bye, meaning Peterman could very well be the fourth option on the depth chart in two weeks time.

Nov 10, 2018 1:31 PM EST

Potential starting assignment up in the air

Head coach Sean McDermott would not commit to Peterman starting on Sunday against the Jets in the event that Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) cannot play, Joe Buscaglia of reports.

Analysis: Anderson has already been ruled out for Week 10, so he will not be an option for the Bills this week. Allen has not played in almost a month, and although he will get three days of practice in this week, he is not a lock to play, either. That would put Peterman in line for another start, but McDermott's comments at his Friday morning press conference leave the door open for Matt Barkley to start if Allen ultimately is ultimately ruled out as well. Expect more details on the Bills' quarterback situation to emerge in the near future.

Nov 9, 2018 7:52 AM EST

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