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Raiders trade Lynn Bowden to Dolphins

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A surprising move on NFL cutdown day.

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As NFL teams trim their rosters down to 53 players, former Kentucky Wildcats star Lynn Bowden Jr. is on the move.

No, the 2020 third-round pick of the Las Vegas Raiders wasn’t cut. Instead, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for draft compensation, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.

It’s reportedly Bowden and a sixth-round pick going to Miami for a fourth-round pick.

Bowden, who won the 2019 Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player, was expected to be a full-time receiver and special teams returner in the NFL. He’s the only player in Division I FBS players in this century to record 1,500 kick return yards, 1,000 rushing yards, 1,000 receiving yards and 400 passing yards in his career.

though one would hope his new team will find other intuitive ways to get him involved in the offense. After all, Bowden was arguably the most versatile player in the entire 2020 draft class, which helped him one of the highest-drafted players of the Mark Stoops era.

This is a very surprising move, as teams rarely trade a premium draft pick (Bowden was the 80th overall pick) before they even get to Week 1. But the Raiders are pretty deep at running back, and they oddly moved Bowden to that position after he played wide receiver most of his college career in addition to being a full-time quarterback last season.

Hopefully, Bowden gets a better chance to show what he’s made of in Miami, whether it’s at running back or wide receiver. Miami has a solid backfield with Matt Breida, Jordan Howard and Myles Gaskin. Wide receiver is a much bigger question mark with former Louisville star DeVante Parker being the team’s only consistent wideout.

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