Bowden responds to report about why Raiders traded him originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Lynn Bowden Jr. read the story about why his Raiders tenure ended so quickly, and he's not happy about it.
Don’t believe everything you read lol I stepped outside of my home twice if that 😁 on to a new journey let’s rock 💪🏽— Lynn Bowden Jr (@LynnBowden_1) September 6, 2020
The Athletic's Vic Tafur reported Saturday that the Raiders had grown concerned about Bowden and decided the risk outweighed the reward.
"Some at the team facility thought the rookie was more concerned with picking up new cars than the playbook, and on the field Bowden looked measured and not explosive," Tafur wrote. "On top of a lack of breakaway speed, he was always getting blasted when it was his turn to pass block."
Tafur also noted that the Raiders were worried that Bowden's affinity for Las Vegas and that he might become a bad influence on first-round draft picks Henry Ruggs III and Damon Arnette.
So, the Raiders packaged Bowden and a 2021 sixth-round draft pick and flipped them to the Dolphins for a 2021 fourth-round draft pick.
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock spoke to the media Sunday and defended Bowden while answering questions about why he traded the former Kentucky product.
#Raiders GM @MikeMayock, on trading third-round draft pick @LynnBowden_1 to the #Dolphins: "No. 1, it was a football decision only. And character, off-the-field, the kid did absolutely nothing wrong. We did all our homework on the kid, off the field...(more)— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) September 6, 2020
"...He worked his tail off, he came to work every day. So, this was completely a football decision, had nothing to do with anything else. Quite frankly, I think the position change is a difficult one in any year. But it’s exaggerated in a COVID year with no offseason...(more)— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) September 6, 2020
"...So, you’re taking a kid that was a slot receiver in ’18, quarterback in ’19 and asking him to play running back in ’20. And, really, the only other thing I’m going to say about it is, it was my call. He was not able to play today at the level expected...(more)— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) September 6, 2020
"...and because of that, we felt like we had to make a move. And, again, it’s 100 percent on me.” -30-— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) September 6, 2020
Clearly, Bowden and Mayock disagree with what Tafur wrote. But there's very likely a lot of truth to what was reported and written, otherwise it wouldn't have been published.
Now in Miami, Bowden should get a chance to play for a young, rebuilding Dolphins team and he has a chance to prove the Raiders wrong.