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By Matt Schneidman, San Jose Mercury News ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jon Gruden wants to make sure you understand Nathan Peterman is just a practice-squad quarterback. The Raiders mainly signed him because Derek Carr’s backup, A.J. McCarron, is in Alabama with his wife, who gave birth to Cash McCarron on Tuesday. In McCarron’s place, Peterman will run scout team as the Raider…

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The Oakland Raiders acquired quarterback AJ McCarron from the Bills on Saturday in exchange for a fifth-round pick. McCarron takes the place as Derek Carr's backup. The Raiders cut former Bills first-round pick E.J. Manuel to make room on the roster for McCarron. Here is what Raiders coach Jon Gruden said about McCarron, amid all the questions about the trade of Khal…

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Desperation would seem a plausible reason if times actually were desperate. Outright panic feels like a reasonable explanation. The decision was so surprising, so vexing that self-sabotage could be assumed. The Buffalo Bills this week benched Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nathan Peterman, who will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, an odd …

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Jake Plummer is one of the tiniest few quarterbacks in modern NFL history who can relate to what Tyrod Taylor is experiencing. The Buffalo Bills took away Taylor's job even though he's healthy and they have a winning record. They gave the gig to rookie Nathan Peterman. Such moves are rare, which gives Plummer distinctive credibility. He would advise Taylor not to let…

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ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden had Nathan Peterman as part of his quarterback camp in April before the NFL Draft. Gruden said at the time that he thought Peterman was "going to be a real good pro quarterback. I just have a real confidence in that." On the day that Bills named Peterman as the starter to replace Tyrod Taylor, The Buffalo News checked in …

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Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were given funzo questionnaires for the Buffalo Bills' 2017 media guide. Favorite movie, best concert attended, biggest pet peeve, last book read and so forth. The Q&A's were conducted separately, but they produced a striking parallel. In response to "biggest obstacle overcome," they gave the same answer. "Breaking into the NFL…

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Not all of the interviews and research about Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott made it into my feature about him. Here are my favorite surplus items from "the process." Bills crew, assemble Through a long interview in June at the end of Bills minicamp, McDermott seemed to get most animated when I asked him what it was like, after years of imagining about it, what…

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Sean McDermott was a coaching prospect, strolling the Philadelphia Eagles' practice facility with two wise assistants who owned whistles older than he was. He walked alongside defensive coordinator Jim Johnson and offensive coordinator Rod Dowhower, seven decades of NFL and college coaching experience between them. McDermott, known for continuously sopping every ounc…