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The Las Vegas Raiders positioned backup quarterback Marcus Mariota on injured reserve, the membership introduced on Sunday. Mariota, who has been coping with a strained pectoral muscle, can be eligible to return in three weeks. The Raiders additionally signed DeShone Kizer, who was claimed by the group final September earlier than being waved in Might, was signed to the observe squad.

With Mariota out, Nathan Peterman can be Derek Carr’s major backup coming into the Raiders’ Week 1 matchup towards the Panthers. Peterman, a 2017 fifth-round choose who made 4 begins throughout his two seasons with the Payments, has been with the Raiders since December of 2018. Peterman loved a stable 2019 preseason earlier than he was positioned on injured reserve after sustaining an elbow harm. 

As a substitute of utilizing one in every of their two first-round picks on a quarterback, the Raiders as an alternative determined to pick out former Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III with the twelfth general choose and former Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette with the nineteenth general choose. Las Vegas additionally went out and signed Mariota to again up Carr, who’s coming off of a 2019 season that noticed him full a career-high 70.4% of his passes. 

Mariota is coming off a 2019 season the place he was stripped of his beginning job with the Tennessee Titans rather than Ryan Tannehill. Within the seven video games (six begins) he did play this season, Mariota owned a 2-4 file and accomplished simply 59.4% of his throws for 1,203 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He additionally fumbled thrice. What exacerbated Mariota’s struggles in Tennessee this 12 months was the just about prompt success that Tannehill had as he took all of them the way in which to the AFC championship and led all the NFL in quarterback ranking.  

Regardless of these struggles in 2019, Mariota continues to be solely 26 years outdated, so there’s a probability {that a} change of surroundings may do him some good and probably assist him faucet again into his potential. In spite of everything, he is not too far faraway from a 2018 season the place he accomplished almost 70% of his passes. 

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