Shocking news came out of One Bills Drive as the Buffalo Bills have decided to start rookie QB Nathan Peterman over Tyrod Taylor against the Chargers in Los Angeles. After an abysmal performance on both sides of the ball over the past two games, Peterman will have the burden of talking fans off the edge. Peterman is taking over a 5-4 team who is currently in the playoffs if the regular season ended today. Many people outside of the building make it sound like the Bills are outside looking in.
Peterman took the podium for the first timeon Wednesday and was upbeat about the move.
“I knew I was going to get my shot at some point... I want to go out there and win... I’m hungry.” Peterman also mentioned how helpful and supportive guys like Taylor and Eric Wood have been in getting ready for the upcoming game.
"You always kind of expect to have the opportunity," Peterman said. "I knew my opportunity would come some time, so for this to be it, I'm trying to be ready. And I've tried to be ready since the first day I stepped here in this facility. Just trying to work hard this week and get ready for the Chargers."
Peterman is clearly a better fit in Rick Dennison's system, but that doesn't mean he will be better than Taylor and it definitely doesn't mean he's the next Tom Brady, so the, “late-round pick” argument is a lousy one. However, this passing offense is based off of throwing with anticipation to windows to get the ball into playmakers hands in a hurry, which is what Peterman does better than Taylor does.
Peterman sounds ready to get rolling. He had a smile on his face, he looked confident and he seems to have a drive to win games. During the preseason, Peterman seemed to have good chemistry with receivers, but again, it was only the preseason. If Peterman remains the starter for the rest of the season, good or bad, it paves the road the Bills will take with the 2018 NFL Draft.
"I wouldn't say I'm walking into it, because I feel like I've been part of the team the whole season," Peterman said. "Since I walked into this facility, though, after I got drafted, the message has been "Playoff Caliber and we're going to get to the playoffs." I'm right there with the team. We are 5-4, and I try to do everything I can on the other side and behind the scenes to get us there. Now I'm going to try to do the same thing now that I'm kind of in front of the scenes."
Peterman is a 5th-round pick being thrown into NFL games in the middle of the season. Keep your expectations to reason, don't throw him under the bus if he performs poorly and don't put him on a pedestal if he performs well.