Nathan Peterman, Raiders Agree to Deal

Nathan Peterman
Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before the start of NFL game action against the Chicago Bears at New Era Field on November 4, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman signed with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday and was placed on their practice squad in order to give the team some additional depth for Week 16.

Backup quarterback AJ McCarron could miss Monday night's game against the Denver Broncos after his wife had a baby on Wednesday, in which case Peterman would be promoted to the active roster.

Peterman was released by Buffalo after throwing 12 interceptions in eight appearances over two seasons, which included throwing five during the first half of his first career start in 2017. The 24-year-old was the Bills' Week 1 starter after beating out McCarron and rookie first-round pick Josh Allen by throwing for an 80.5 completion percentage, which was the best among NFL quarterbacks who had thrown at least 33 passes through three preseason games.

"Nate has earned the right. "He certainly earned the right," Bills head coach Sean McDermott said at the time. "It's always a tough decision, and that's a good thing because those guys were competing at a high level. And I would say we've had a lot of tough decisions, which is a good thing for our roster."

But Peterman struggled once again during the regular season by completing just 5 of 18 passes for 24 yards and two interceptions prior to being benched in the third quarter of the Bills' 47-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. The second-year quarterback has been benched in three of his four career starts.

Peterman has thrown just three touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 130 career regular-season pass attempts, as well as an interception on one of his three pass attempts during Buffalo's AFC Wild Card playoff loss at Jacksonville.

The addition of Peterman reunites him with McCarron, who signed with the Bills this past offseason, but was traded to the Raiders on Sept. 1. The former Alabama standout has been starter Derek Carr's backup during the entire 2018 season.

The Raiders also signed linebacker Cayson Collins to their practice squad on Wednesday. Collins signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent earlier this year but has yet to register a statistic at the NFL level.

The linebacker appeared in all 11 games for the University of North Carolina as a senior in 2017 and recorded 83 total tackles, which ranked second on the team.