The Las Vegas Raiders precipitated loads of folks to scratch their heads once they executed a commerce as a part of their last roster cut-down on Saturday, sending rookie Lynn Bowden Jr. to the Miami Dolphins in a swap of 2021 draft picks. The Athletic reported shortly afterward that the Raiders have been “glad to discover a buyer” for Bowden regardless of simply spending the eightieth general decide on the Kentucky product, largely due to perceived off-field issues. However now normal supervisor Mike Mayock has provided an evidence of his personal.

“No. 1, it was a soccer determination solely,” Mayock mentioned Sunday, per The Athletic’s Tashan Reed. “Character, off the sector, the child did completely nothing unsuitable. We did all our homework on the child off the sector. He labored his tail off. He got here to work every single day. So this was fully a soccer determination. It had nothing to do with the rest.

“Fairly frankly, I believe the place change is a tough one in any 12 months, but it surely’s exaggerated in a COVID-19 12 months with no offseason,” Mayock continued, alluding to Bowden’s unofficial transfer from huge receiver to operating again. “You are taking a child that was a slot receiver in ’18, a quarterback in ’19 and asking him to play operating again in ’20. Actually the one different factor I will say about it’s that it was my name. He was not capable of play at the moment on the degree anticipated. Due to that, we felt like we needed to make a transfer. Once more, it is one hundred pc on me.”

Mayock’s remarks not less than partially run counter to the notion that Bowden, 22, was additionally a priority outdoors of the operating backfield. The Athletic’s Vic Tafur reported Saturday that “some on the group facility” thought the rookie was “getting increasingly distracted in Las Vegas” and is perhaps a unfavourable affect on fellow first-year playmakers Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette.

Both method, it is a true indictment on the Raiders, as Mayock famous. There is a purpose groups virtually by no means surrender on Day Two draft picks inside a 12 months or two, not to mention earlier than mentioned draft decide has taken a single snap with the group. Whether or not or not Vegas misjudged Bowden’s character or on-field prospects, the membership misjudged him relatively severely. Even when Mayock is telling the reality, that Bowden was an immediate and abject swing and a miss on the RB spot, it is not as if the Raiders could not have foreseen a shortened offseason coming, what with COVID-19 already disrupting the draft at which Vegas chosen the rookie.

In any occasion, Bowden is predicted to compete for touches behind Jordan Howard, Matt Breida, Myles Gaskin and Patrick Laird in Miami, his second NFL house in lower than six months.

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