The Las Vegas Raiders didn’t put together the most exciting draft class this year as the team had no choice in the first two rounds. The picks that the team had were primarily used on offensive linemen and defensive linemen. While they were able to meet some requirements in the draft, they were also able to add some more intriguing players through free agency.
The New England Patriots are a team that routinely drafts quarterbacks even when it’s not necessary. There was some speculation that Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler might design the position so they could start building a high upside backup for Derek Carr. Instead, the team avoided the draft position. However, they still decided to bring one in during undrafted free agency. Former Cal starting quarterback Chase Garbers announced on Twitter that he has struck a deal with the Raiders.
Garbers spent five years with Cal, counting his redshirt year. During his entire time there, he started in 33 games, including 11 of 12 games last season.
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In four years playing for Cal, Garbers threw for 6,580 yards and 50 touchdowns with 24 interceptions. He showed some flash early in his collegiate career but failed to break through and become a star as the year progressed. At 6-foot-2, Garbers is a decent size but nothing special. He’s also an average athlete. Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline has a scouting report on the quarterback.
“Garbers was a prolific quarterback at Cal, showing his next-level skills early in college and then watching his game level off,” Pauline wrote. “He doesn’t have great physical ability for Sunday football, but he could be a solid third quarterback in a system looking for a game manager.”
Pauline also praised Garbers’ accuracy on touch passes and his poise in the pocket when pressured. However, he described him as an “average athlete” with an overwhelming arm that can struggle in the pocket given his size. As Pauline noted, Garbers’ cap at the NFL level would likely be a game manager.
Apparently, Garbers wasn’t called up, so the Raiders don’t expect him to be Tom Brady. However, there will be opportunities with backup quarterbacks. Current Raiders backups Nick Mullens and Garrett Gilbert have limited starting experience. They’re both veterans, so they have a huge advantage over Garbers when off-season training starts.
Garber’s best bet would be to get into practice squad. Mullens is likely the #2 quarterback on the depth list since Gilbert is #3. Carr is as long-lived as they come, so being the Raiders’ backup isn’t the most exciting job in the NFL. It will be a good place for the Garbers to learn, as McDaniels has had a fair amount of success developing quarterbacks throughout his career as an offensive coordinator. He will get the chance to create the roster given the current Raiders depth map.
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