Just three days after Tyrod Taylor was taken out of the game and replaced by rookie Nathan Peterman in the Buffalo Bills 47-10 home loss to the New Orleans Saints, head coach Sean McDermott announced this morning that Peterman will be the starter for this week’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Bills started the season fairly hot after an offseason of being predicted of being a team willing to tank in order to get a high draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Buffalo was tied for the division lead with the Patriots but are now sitting at 5-4. The Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999, and the playoffs are still very realistic for this team, but McDermott believes that handing over the reins to Peterman is the right decision. But after being blown out two weeks in a row, first to the New York Jets and then to the Saints. The defense has been awful, but McDermott has put the blame on Taylor.
Peterman saw his first NFL action this past game against New Orleans as he finished 7 for 10 passing, 79 yards, and a touchdown. He also didn’t turn the ball over. Before being pulled, Taylor was 9 for 18 passing, 58 yards, and an interception.
Taylor spoke to the media after the game. “Horrible game. Our offense didn’t get anything going and that starts with me,” Taylor told reporters after the loss on Sunday. “Just an overall bad game. Something as a team we have to learn from. I definitely have to learn from this one. Just a bad game overall.”
Coach McDermott spoke to the media on Wednesday morning about Peterson. “I’ve been impressed with the maturity from Nathan Peterman,” McDermott said Wednesday. “I’m comfortable making a calculated risk to try and get us where we need to go.”
Peterman was a fifth-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh. We will see if he can play well as a starter and help the Bills make the playoffs. I personally believe Taylor wasn’t the reason for Buffalo’s poor play, but he has had his chance. He has had his moments, but maybe it’s time to make a change to see what happens.
The Bills travel to play the Chargers this week before traveling to Kansas City to play the Chiefs and playing the Patriots. Peterman will have to play tough teams to start his career but with the encouragement from McDermott we expect to see a better performance from Buffalo.
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