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Raiders Backup Quarterbacks Next on Mayock’s Shopping List?

Raiders Backup Quarterbacks Next on Mayock’s Shopping List?

The list of players the Las Vegas Raiders brought in for a workout Friday included a few quarterbacks and wide receivers begging the question: are the Raiders backup quarterbacks a need due to Mariota’s injury? As Raiders training camp ends, what needs still remain?


For Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden, the Raiders backup quarterbacks aren’t exactly their top priority but it appears they’re at least looking for some contingency plans should Marcus Mariota’s injury persist.

The list of players the Raiders worked out included a pair of possible Raiders backup quarterbacks and a few wide receivers too. With the injury to starting X-wideout Tyrell Williams, the Raiders may be looking for backup plans at the receiver position too.

Possible Raiders backup quarterbacks include former Richmond Spiders signal-caller Kyle Lauletta and Vanderbilt QB Kyle Shurmur.

Shurmur is an intriguing tryout as he spent last season as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. On and off again from the practice squad and active roster, Shurmur could give the Raiders and Gruden insight into the AFC West division foe.

raiders backup quarterbacks Kyle Shurmur
Kyle Shurmur visited Las Vegas for a workout. Could the Raiders back quarterbacks list being growing by one?

Kyle Lauletta was a fourth-round selection of the New York Giants in 2018 and spent last year on the practice squad of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles waived Lauletta early this month.

The wide receivers include former Patriots receiver Darren Andrews, another Clemson product in Charone Peake, and TJ Rahming.

None of the three turn any heads. Andrews was an undrafted free agent signed by New England in 2018 but was place on the injured list almost immediately due to a knee injury that hurt his stock coming out of UCLA. Andrews has had a long road back and has yet to see time in a professional game.

While the Raiders backup quarterbacks aren’t exactly the topic of much conversation, clearly the organization is making plans should Mariota’s injury take longer to overcome.

Scott Gulbransen is an accomplished broadcasting, social media, public relations, writing pro, and thought leader and the founder, host and executive producer of Silver and Black Today on the Raiders flagship station Raider Nation Radio in Las Vegas. He has managed and led public relations, social media and digital marketing at some of America's largest brands and is the former Global Head of Digital Content at Haymon Boxing, creators of the Premier Boxing Champions series.

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