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Will Raiders Regret Not Giving Cam Newton a Shot as Backup?

It is now obvious that the Las Vegas Raiders intend to roll with Derek Carr as starting quarterback in 2020. That being said, did the team make the right call by not bringing in Cam Newton as a backup?

It’s likely that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock truly wanted to push Carr this upcoming season. Yet, Marcus Mariota isn’t the answer for that. Why did they not bring in a veteran signal-caller that has accomplished more than Carr instead. That’s not a slight on Mariota but rather indicative of Newton’s past accomplishments. So far, Mariota, the second overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, has seen his career fizzle out.

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Newton, on the other hand, is a former NFL MVP, All-Pro, and three-time Pro Bowler who somehow is still an NFL free agent. Even with injuries catching up to the former Panthers quarterback, the upside is still there for him to be a good backup. Especially if he’s fired up for an opportunity. Recently, Newton showed off his arm strength and accuracy on his Instagram account. Carr wouldn’t be afraid of a little competition now, would he?

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Another quality that Newton would’ve brought is playoff experience, something that Carr has none of, all of his individual stats notwithstanding. Take a brief look back at 2018. That was Newton’s last season in which he started at least 14 games. That year, he had a quarterback rating of 94.2 and threw for 24 touchdowns. Newton’s percentage of bad throws per attempt was 13.7 that season. In addition, he only had 62 poor throws compared to Carr’s 66 that year.

No one is suggesting that Newton should’ve been signed as the Day 1 starter. Instead, if Raiders’ brass truly wanted to push Carr, singing a former league MVP would’ve been more constructive. What are your thoughts Raider Nation?

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Jaxon

Tired of all the qb speculation. Months ago, it was already decided Carr was the starter. Let it go!

Bryan Pratt

I’m sure that both Gruden and Mayock did what is best for the team, why would you think you know better? Newton is washed up and a locker room cancer, this is why nobody is reaching out to him.

Mario

Just like the discussion for Clowney. It’s a waste of your space and our time. Fuck no they shouldn’t

Anonymous

I wholeheartedly disagree with your opinion. At this point in his career, Cam appears to have succumbed to all of his injuries. He is certainly not the same athlete and there have been questions about his leadership and locker room presence. He is too much of a wild card at this point and not worth the potential headache. Mariota is a much safer choice with plenty of upside. I like our back-up and feel confident about him stepping in due to injuries or lack of productivity by Carr. Only time will tell, if we made the right choice!

Montrell

He wasn’t a free agent at the time they signed Mariota he was still on the Carolina Panthers so this is a moot point

Lynn Glenn

Mario, I’m a fan of RaiderRamble but with this article, you are sounding like Mike Freeman… well, at least minus the gratuitous Kapernick reference. First, the narrative that the Raiders, or Jon Gruden have been looking to move on from Carr is played out. They have had chance after chance to sign someone else, the media has played it up, and still we have Carr as our QB1. Gruden and Mayock both like him, and are now giving him adequate tools. Mariota was brought in as insurance against the type of thing that happened in 2016, and we had to… Read more »

OakieRob

More idiotic click bait from your writers. Newton is unreliable, a potential locker room distraction and way too expensive. The whole premise is patently absurd.

lahayeallday

I would have preferred to see them shop a trade for Carr and then try to sign Cam and still bring in Mariota as a backup. But if we’re asking who would have been better for the backup job I think it’s Mariota. Cam would have beat Carr outright and then you’re stuck with a $20+ million backup

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