Nathan Peterman

Chicago Bears
Quarterback #2
Chicago Bears
Quarterback #2

Nathan Peterman News

Hitting free agency

Peterman completed 11 of 19 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 29-13 loss to the Vikings in Week 18, and ended the season completing 14 of 25 passes for 139 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Analysis: Finishing his fifth year in the league, Peterman may be hard-pressed to have a roster spot as anything higher than a third-string quarterback, as he's completed less than 55 percent of his pass attempts during his career while throwing significantly more interceptions than touchdowns. He's now an unrestricted free agent.

Jan 8, 2023 1:26 PM EST

Starting season finale

Coach Matt Eberflus said Wednesday that Peterman will start Sunday's regular-season finale against the Vikings, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Peterman will enter the starting lineup with Justin Fields (hip) ruled out due to a strain, one which Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports is not a long-term injury. The Vikings have clinched the NFC North division title and may ultimately rest some starters Week 18, but Peterman's chances of racking up fantasy production in his first start since 2018 will still be hampered by having to work with Chase Claypool, Byron Pringle, Equanimeous St. Brown and Cole Kmet as his top receiving options.

Jan 4, 2023 9:49 AM EST

Added to active roster

The Bears signed Peterman to the active roster Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Peterman was called up from the practice squad for Chicago's Week 12 loss to the Jets with starting quarterback Justin Fields inactive due to a shoulder injury. However, the practice-squad signal-caller did not see any playing time behind quarterback Trevor Siemian, who wound up playing every offensive snap despite suffering an oblique injury in pregame warmups. Siemian then did not practice at all during Week 13 prep before the team eventually announced he would undergo season-ending surgery, landing him on injured reserve Saturday, per Pelissero. With Fields now expected to return for Sunday's game against Green Bay, Peterman will likely serve as the Bears' backup signal-caller for the remainder of the 2022 campaign.

Dec 3, 2022 4:06 PM EST

Sent back to practice squad

Peterman reverted to the Bears' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Peterman received the bump up for Sunday's loss to the Jets with Justin Fields (shoulder) out. He was expected to backup Trevor Siemian, but Peterman almost drew the start when Siemian strained his oblique during warmups. However, Siemian went on the play and Peterman played the No. 2 role and remained on the sidelines throughout the game. If Fields is unable to play Week 13 against the Packers, Peterman will likely once again find his way to the active roster and serving as Siemian's backup.

Nov 28, 2022 5:07 PM EST

Doesn't play Week 12

Peterman was active as the Bears' backup quarterback but didn't see the field Sunday in the team's 31-10 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Peterman was elevated from the practice squad Saturday in anticipation of the absence of starter Justin Fields (shoulder), who was ultimately placed on the inactive list. Trevor Siemian, who had served as Fields' understudy all season, was in position to step in as the starter, but Siemian's availability for the game suddenly became murky during pregame warmups, when he suffered an oblique injury. Peterman thus appeared on track to get the start leading up to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff, only for the Bears to determine that Siemian's oblique injury wasn't severe enough to prevent him from playing. Siemian ended up taking the field for the Bears' first offensive series and played all 57 snaps in the loss, and provided he didn't experience any setbacks with the oblique during the game, he'll presumably be in line to start Week 13 against the Packers if Fields isn't cleared to play.

Nov 28, 2022 8:02 AM EST

May not start after all

Peterman and Trevor Siemian (oblique) are both in consideration to start Sunday's game against the Jets, with the Bears set to make a game-time decision on which quarterback will take the first snap of the day, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After top quarterback Justin Fields (shoulder) was officially made inactive earlier Sunday, Siemian had been positioned to start, but the Bears announced 45 minutes prior to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff that Peterman would pick up the start after Siemian injured his oblique in warmups. Siemian later returned to the field for warmups and took some reps with the first-team offense, however, suggesting his injury might not be severe enough to keep him from playing, according to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune. No matter whether Peterman or Siemian gets the nod Sunday, the fantasy prospects for all Bears pass catchers will likely be lower than if Fields were directing the offense.

Nov 27, 2022 9:59 AM EST

Draws Sunday start

Peterman will start Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: With Justin Fields (shoulder) out, Trevor Siemian was in line to start, but Siemian suffered a oblique injury Sunday and will now serve as the Bears' backup QB. Peterman thus represents a lineup option for those originally planning to utilize Siemian or who are otherwise scrambling for a signal-caller in Week 12.

Nov 27, 2022 9:22 AM EST

Elevated to active roster

The Bears elevated Peterman to their active roster from their practice squad Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The bigger picture here is that Peterman's elevation could mean that Justin Fields (shoulder) may be held out of Chicago's Week 12 road game against the Jets. If that's the case, Peterman would likely serve as the team's No. 2 quarterback behind Trevor Siemian. Peterman has attempted only five NFL passes since 2018, all of which came in a single contest while with the Raiders in 2020.

Nov 26, 2022 4:41 PM EST

Lands on Bears practice squad

Peterman was signed to Chicago's practice squad Wednesday, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: Peterman joins the practice squad as expected after going unclaimed on waivers. He'll likely spend the entire season on Chicago's practice squad unless either Justin Fields or Trevor Siemian gets hurt.

Aug 31, 2022 8:16 PM EST

Cut by Chicago

Peterman was released by the Bears on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Peterman's departure leaves only Justin Fields and Trevor Siemian on Chicago's roster at quarterback. Rapoport adds that the team plans to add Peterman to the practice squad, so Peterman could be first in line to join the team should Fields or Siemian get hurt.

Aug 30, 2022 10:26 AM EST

Sees mop-up duty

Peterman completed two of four passes for 57 yards in the Bears' 21-20 win against the Browns on Saturday.

Analysis: Peterman played in the fourth quarter with the third-string offense. On his 37-yard strike to Isaiah Coulter, Peterman underthrew the pass, but his receiver was able to come back to make a play on it. He'll likely retain his role as the Bears' No. 3 quarterback during the regular season.

Aug 28, 2022 9:32 AM EST

Plays in second half

Peterman completed eight of 14 passes for 85 yards in the Bears' 27-11 preseason win over the Seahawks' on Thursday.

Analysis: Peterman took over quarterback duties in the second half and finished out the game. His biggest connection was a 23-yard pass to Isaiah Coulter, but otherwise, Peterman was inconsistent in moving the offense. He'll likely open the season at Chicago's No. 3 signal caller.

Aug 19, 2022 4:47 AM EST

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

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