The Las Vegas Raiders have made a strategic move by re-signing former California quarterback, Chase Garbers. This decision comes just six days after the team released him, demonstrating the unpredictable nature of the NFL. Born on June 6, 1999, Garbers has shown promise throughout his career, despite not being drafted in the 2022 NFL draft.
Garbers' College Success
Garbers had an impressive college career at California, where he was a four-year starter. His statistics speak volumes about his potential, with a total of 6,580 passing yards and 50 touchdowns over 36 games. He also demonstrated his versatility with 1,174 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. His performance earned him a spot as an undrafted free agent with the Raiders in May 2022.
The Uphill Battle
Despite his potential, Garbers faces an uphill battle to secure a spot on the Raiders' regular-season roster. Currently listed fourth on the depth chart, he is behind Jimmy Garoppolo, Brian Hoyer, and rookie Aidan O’Connell. However, with Garoppolo recovering from offseason foot surgery, Garbers may have an opportunity to prove his worth on the field.
A Calculated Risk
The Raiders' decision to re-sign Garbers is a calculated risk. While he did not get into any games last season, his performance during preseason action was commendable. If he can outperform O'Connell, a fourth-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft, and if the Raiders decide to keep three quarterbacks, Garbers could secure a spot on the roster.