The mere mention of another signal-caller (not named Derek Carr) playing for the Las Vegas Raiders usually has a portion of fans erupt in anger. While “reports” in the past were always nixed, that was due to an unwavering resolution by the previous regime to stick by No. 4’s side. What some fans may not realize is that current general manager Dave Ziegler didn’t draft Carr. Yes, they renegotiated this offseason, but the Raiders can cut bait next year if they so desire. It could all be a coincidence, something or nothing at all, but Ziegler was in town for the Florida versus Tennessee game. Obviously, Las Vegas plays tomorrow, but apparently the “intrigue” in Anthony Richardson, who played today, is real.
ESPN senior college football writer Pete Thamel sent out a Tweet earlier today in which he name-dropped Ziegler as one of several personnel on hand to take a look at the quarterback.
The intrigue in Anthony Richardson on the NFL level hasn’t waned. The Raiders have three people in town to scout Tennessee/Florida, including GM Dave Ziegler. The QB needy Bucs, Giants and Commanders also had multiple scouts/execs at the Swamp for the Kentucky game.
â€” Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 24, 2022
Raiders News: Who is Anthony Richardson?
As mentioned above, the possibility of drafting a quarterback for the first time in years can’t be discounted. Yes, the Raiders are off to a rough start, but Carr could possibly turn things around. Even then, drafting a quarterback of the future isn’t necessarily out of the realm of possibility. As far as Richardson goes, he had a solid game despite Florida coming up short. He recorded two touchdown passes and 453 passing yards. On the ground, Richardson led the Gators today with 62 yards and another pair of touchdowns as well.
A dual-threat option at quarterback should have Raider Nation salivating. Both the college and professional seasons have a way to go, but it’s rather interesting to read Ziegler attached to Richardson’s name. Also, it’s worth noting that Thamel wouldn’t just throw out Ziegler’s name for the purpose of “clout.” There’s nothing wrong with taking in the prospects if you’re in town, even if they’re quarterbacks. This is all likely just a case of the Raiders’ general manager doing his due diligence and nothing else.
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