Lynn Bowden Jr.’s career as a Las Vegas Raider is over before it even began.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Bowden has been traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a fourth round pick.
Sources: The #Raiders are trading RB/returner Lynn Bowden Jr and a 6th rounder to the #Dolphins in exchange for a 4th round pick, the same pick Miami just got from Vegas. The versatile Bowden was a third-rounder this year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2020
Just this week, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock joined Chalk Talk with JT the Brick to talk about Bowden’s development, noting that the franchise was going to be patient with him as a rookie.
“He rushed for 1,400-1,500 yards at quarterback. Sure, a lot of it’s zone read, but he’s running quarterback counter, quarterback power, which are traditional I-formation plays for a tailback,” said Mayock. “… Like I’ve said with all the rookies, let’s take a step back and try to understand what he’s trying to do. Even though he’s coming from the SEC and he’s got heavy production at two positions, we’re asking him to play a completely different position. We’re putting a lot on his plate.
“He’s got running back plays. He’s got punt returns. We’re going to ask him to catch the ball, so we’re asking an awful lot of this young man. Any time you ask a college player to play a different position it’s called a projection and you’ve got to give them some time. That’s the way I feel about Lynn. Lynn has come in and done everything we’ve asked. We just have to continue to give him the time to learn to convert to a running back primarily. And he’s never been that before.”
“Time to learn” evidently meant less than a week, as Bowden is now a Miami Dolphin before he could even play a game with the Raiders.