Nathan Peterman has a real chance to win the Bills’ quarterback job

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Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman looked absolutely terrible in his first start as a rookie last year, throwing five interceptions before getting benched at halftime. But that doesn’t mean the Bills are giving up on him.

Despite the signing of AJ McCarron and the drafting of Josh Allen, Peterman is a serious contender for the starting job in Buffalo, according to ESPN.

The Bills’ coaching staff has made clear that it likes Peterman, and he’s slated to split first-team reps with McCarron in training camp. Allen will start training camp as the third-stringer and have to earn any first-team snaps he takes.

Multiple reporters on the scene at minicamp in Buffalo thought Peterman looked like the best quarterback on the team. If he gets on the field, the Bills can at least feel confident he will play better than he did last year. It would be just about impossible to play worse.

79 responses to “Nathan Peterman has a real chance to win the Bills’ quarterback job

  1. I’m telling you this guy is Good. It was a bad first game but again not all his fault on 3. He was thrown in mid season, 3 hr time change against a good team and not even a home game. He’s got a lot of potential and could turn out to be awesome. Before we hear from the Toronto peanut gallery- see my other post Joe.

  2. Does it matter? Allen is the long term starter regardless of who starts game 1.

  3. Josh Allen will start. Not to say he will be rookie of the year, but he will show signs this season of the franchise QB he can become.

    I think the Bills are on the rise. Be patient Bills fans you have a good one in Josh. I feel he will have a better career than #1 pick Baker Mayfield. And honestly..it won’t be close IMHO.

  4. I mean what did everybody expect when you don’t get a substantial amount of time when you’re not qb1 to practice that one half is what you get. Maybe he’ll be decent this year, but next year he could take off. Who knows….

  5. Anyone who judges Peterman by what happened in his 5 int 1st half obviously didn’t watch the game or is completely clueless. 1st of all Peterman watching getting hit on 3 of those ints. He was getting no protection whatsoever. on one of those ints the WR made the wrong break on a timing pattern. You can really only blame Peterman for 1 maybe two of those ints. Peterman had a good camp last year and has stepped it up this year outperforming both QBs so far. I’m not saying he is our next franchise QB, but he definitely deserves some games to prove himself. If he falls flat – fine. But, one game means nothing. Alex Smith had a similar start in his carrer. And so did Brett Farvre.

  6. He started two games last year, not one. The chargers game and the game against the Colts in a blizzard. He actually looked good vs the Colts, threw a TD pass to Benjamin but he was knocked out of the game in the 2nd half

  7. Peterman had 2 starts last year, he also started in the snow game against the colts and played decent till he got concussed. Peterman is better than that 5 int game, I hope he gets a chance to prove it because that all anybody outside of buffalo knows.

  8. If the coaches liked him so much, why did they go get McCarron (who all Bills fans then announced was the best FA Qb) and then draft Allen in the 1st round (who Bills fans think is going to be a Pro Bowler in 2 years

  9. FYI…Peterman started TWO games last season: the debacle against the Chargers in L.A. and he also started the blizzard game against the Colts in Buffalo. He played much better in the Colts game before suffering a concussion.

  10. I said it last year, everybody murdered this kid after a single start. He may not be a perennial all pro, but he’s a talented kid and it’s just dumb to bury him for life after that one single disastrous game.

  11. The SD game featured him as a starting rookie QB with 4 days of starter prep. PLUS, it was a west coast road game. He threw 5 INT in the first half…..however, if you look at each throw, 2-3 of them were tipped passes. IDK if he is “starter quality”, I just know he is worthy of “wiping the slate clean” to see what he is really made of. My prediction is that one bad half of a game will not define this kid.

  12. This is all about damage limitation, but more for the Bills’ sake than Peterman’s after last year’s terrible coaching decision nearly ruined the kid. If it really was just a case of him showing in training as a clear step up – enough to replace Tyrod when the team still had a winning (5-4) record but in the end just not being ready for the big game, why not now give him all the reps?

    No, they fear they broke him and just pray he’ll show enough in camp again to save all their coaching mega-blushes and maybe get his trade value above zero. This team’s future focus is now really about McCarron caretaking for Allen.

  13. >> If he gets on the field, the Bills can at least feel confident he will play better than he did last year

    He will throw less than 5 picks in a few minutes?
    Maybe 5 picks over an entire game.
    That would be an improvement.

    If he beats out AJ McCarron then it shows they did a terrible job of evaluating McCarron, since they pissed away a lot of cap money.

  14. It’s fine that be has a chance to win the job in the offseason. What’s not fine is benching your starting QB who had you in position to make the playoffs in the middle of the season for some kid who hasn’t done anything. Just complete sabotage and I still can’t believe the team and Tyrod held things together after that nonsense to STILL make the playoffs. Bills deserve a couple more losing seasons for that charade.

  15. Hopefully last season’s debacle just motivated Peterman to work and prepare harder. It takes a strong character to endure well-deserved national
    ridicule and come back significantly improved. I’m rooting for the guy. If he can be, at worst, a solid 2 on the depth chart so that Allen’s development isn’t rushed, that’s a good situation.

  16. Hear he has looked pretty good so far but this is a terrible situation for any QB… 3 best O-lineman from last year are gone (although line may be ok after a few games) and there are essentially no WRs outside of Benjamin… Bills defense will be good but whatever QB starts first few games which are a tough part of schedule is really getting thrown to the wolves.

  17. It is true that of the 5 interceptions he threw against San Diego, 2 were tipped and o e was released as he was being punched in the eyes, but the other 2 were hideous. Todd Collins bad. He looked great in preseason last year, making great reads and really good throws when they played 2 hand touch in the summer. I thought he had a real shot. When it went live, though, he was tense and rushed. I hope it was first time jitters, but, um, CAUTION.

  18. Didn’t think about this till now but he couldn’t have had a worse rookie year… 2 starts where one was the 5 int game and the other he was ok (snow game) but left with concussion and Joe Webb came in to lead team back to a win. (So he didn’t finish either start) Then he finished the playoff game after Tyrod got hurt and I’m pretty sure it was 3-4 plays which included an incomplete, fumble that luckily rolled out of bounds, and interception to end the game…
    Nowhere to go but up!

  19. This guy was not even good at Pitt. For those of you who think he will be good in the NFL you are delusional.

  20. It’s all speculation until the real bullets fly. McCarron has studied, observed and has the skill set to be successful. Allen is the future with Peterman his backup down the road. If McCarron is successful it’s a win-win. He’ll be traded for value.

  21. OMG stop with the ridicule. Peterman was highly thought of in the 2017 NFL draft. He was a rookie.
    If Peterman was black, ya’ll would be defending him to no end. But since Peterman is white, well then it’s open season.
    The same idiots that demanded that I “give Obama a chance” simply because of his skin color, are the very same people who refuse to give Peterman a chance, solely because of his skin color.
    How many reps did he get to prepare, few if any, but ya’ll act like he should come in and play like Tom Brady.

  22. ^^^^
    How is a raider fan coming on here & talking about the Bills futility? Smh

  23. If Peterman starts, then the dumbest thing that the Bills will have done is trade the farm to get Allen. With the picks that they used to get Allen, including the one that they lost having to trade up to get Edmunds, they could have drafted an all-star OL.

    McBeane is going to sink or swim with this Allen pick.

    Unfortunately, the Bills staying in Buffalo may very well be on the hook too.

  24. Peterman did not have 1 start last year, he had 2. His record is 1-1. Don’t judge Nate on the SD fiasco and label him a bust. Instead, go watch his win over National Champion Clemson 2 years ago and you will see the potential NFL QB he can become….

  25. Are the Bills tanking for first overall next year. Peterman is a journeyman QB at best.

  26. Don’t judge Nate on the SD fiasco and label him a bust. Instead, go watch his win over National Champion Clemson 2 years ago and you will see the potential NFL QB he can become….

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    All NFL QB’s have games in college that you can point to and say “Hey look!”. That doesn’t mean anything at all.

  27. As a side note, esp for Joe… yesterday we kayaked on the lake. Stopped at the Bills store and the stadium looks great and they have a lot of new awesome stuff inside the store. Then went up to my campsite and enjoyed the rest of the day and night together. So you could only be so lucky to live in WNY and moreso to have a special person to spend wonderful days with like I did. In s town w the best fan base ever! Then maybe you wouldn’t be on the computer setting up new usernames all day long! Just a thought….
    Buffalove

  28. then u have teams like Vegas that pays a guy $25 mil a yr that can’t get them to a playoff game..just lose baby !or move again…..

  29. Did any of you actually watch him in college? I did. He was mediocre at best. AJ is much better. Not a bills fan but not a hater either. This would be a bad move.

  30. LOL! the WORST franchise in the NFL

    Really? Look up the playoff history of the Detroit Lions.

  31. ShouldBuffaloStay says:
    June 17, 2018 at 11:09 am
    As a side note, esp for Joe… yesterday we kayaked on the lake. Stopped at the Bills store and the stadium looks great and they have a lot of new awesome stuff inside the store. Then went up to my campsite and enjoyed the rest of the day and night together. So you could only be so lucky to live in WNY and moreso to have a special person to spend wonderful days with like I did. In s town w the best fan base ever! Then maybe you wouldn’t be on the computer setting up new usernames all day long! Just a thought….
    Buffalove

    ———-11

    Please do not group all Torontonians with this guy. We are actually very nice people and the city is world class to live in.

  32. That’s funny…some of you people are defending Peterman, saying 3 of his 5 INTs were tipped passes. Last year Tyrod had 4 INTs and 6 the year before that. I guess Tyrod’s passes never get tipped huh? We can blame it on lack of preparation, but what kind of bone-head coach benches the starting QB for an unprepared guy in the middle of a playoff hunt? And sorry about Josh Allen. Colin pointed out Hackenberg will fail because of his low college completion percentage. Guess who has a low college completion percentage? Josh Allen.

  33. Every time Peterman’s name is mentioned, I can’t stop the image of Mr. Peterman on Seinfeld from popping into my head.
    “Elaine…I. Must. Get. That. Startimg. Quarterback. Job.”

  34. dimi1919 says
    Please do not group all Torontonians with this guy. We are actually very nice people and the city is world class to live in.

    Trust me, I know…I’ve been there many times! this was for him bc I just don’t understand why he does what he does and says what he says as 400 people lol. I’ve posted the same about the people and the city as a whole.

  35. They only started him last year because they were so high on him and so low on Taylor. If Peterman turns out to be a bust that would be the moment we could point to that broke him. However, if Peterman turns out to have a good career, that first game seems like it would be an invaluable learning experience.

    All of that aside, I’m not surprised that the Bills have said so many nice things about Peterman (who I think has really good potential) and Allen (who we all know will start at least a few games within one year from today), but it is puzzling to me why they have said NOTHING about McCarron. Whether they believe he is good (or whether they believe the good things they said about the other two), the team has to bolster faith in its starting quarterback. We all assumed McCarron was a placeholder after Allen got drafted, and it’s probably true, but it makes me wonder why they bothered getting rid of Tyrod Taylor just to bring in a body to start a few games before getting replaced. I understand they want a veteran, quality starter and McCarron may have a higher ceiling than Tyrod, but if he will replaced then what’s the point? McCarron probably signed that contract because he thought it was his best chance to start and now it looks like he doesn’t have the team’s confidence to even get a real opportunity. That doesn’t result in good play either in most cases.

    The best situation for McCarron, Peterman, and the Bills in general would be that both Peterman has some good moments so he can be traded, McCarron has some good moments so he can be traded or get a new contract with another team with a the chance to start in a year, and that Josh Allen plays well and that the team signs a older career backup (not someone like McCarron, who is competing for a starting job; someone in the vein of Matt Moore or Drew Stanton or Derek Anderson or even Brock Osweiler) to help him get acclimated and step in if need be.

  36. ^^I do mean to say that I think the Bills are on the right track overall. I don’t want that to be misunderstood and I did not make that clear enough. They’re trending the right way, regardless of the QB situation.

  37. Just pick a guy would ya, Buffalo? Otherwise these constant quarterback competitions will continue to result in whatever flavor of the week starter you pick to be looking over his shoulder and be on constant edge. Put Allen in and just stick with him for three years and go through the growing pains. Buffalo has a respectable defense that can erase some of Allen’s mistakes. It’s a good situation for a rookie.

  38. And if that happens Buffalo has a great chance to lose every game until he’s replaced…

  39. Marc in Bakersfield says:
    June 17, 2018 at 11:30 am
    The Bills do not value accuracy at the QB position.
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    False. Nate Peterman was a pretty accurate QB in college. Around 62% throughout the years he started.

  40. ak185 says:
    June 17, 2018 at 2:26 pm
    They only started him last year because they were so high on him and so low on Taylor. If Peterman turns out to be a bust that would be the moment we could point to that broke him. However, if Peterman turns out to have a good career, that first game seems like it would be an invaluable learning experience.

    All of that aside, I’m not surprised that the Bills have said so many nice things about Peterman (who I think has really good potential) and Allen (who we all know will start at least a few games within one year from today), but it is puzzling to me why they have said NOTHING about McCarron. Whether they believe he is good (or whether they believe the good things they said about the other two), the team has to bolster faith in its starting quarterback. We all assumed McCarron was a placeholder after Allen got drafted, and it’s probably true, but it makes me wonder why they bothered getting rid of Tyrod Taylor just to bring in a body to start a few games before getting replaced. I understand they want a veteran, quality starter and McCarron may have a higher ceiling than Tyrod, but if he will replaced then what’s the point? McCarron probably signed that contract because he thought it was his best chance to start and now it looks like he doesn’t have the team’s confidence to even get a real opportunity. That doesn’t result in good play either in most cases.

    The best situation for McCarron, Peterman, and the Bills in general would be that both Peterman has some good moments so he can be traded, McCarron has some good moments so he can be traded or get a new contract with another team with a the chance to start in a year, and that Josh Allen plays well and that the team signs a older career backup (not someone like McCarron, who is competing for a starting job; someone in the vein of Matt Moore or Drew Stanton or Derek Anderson or even Brock Osweiler) to help him get acclimated and step in if need be.
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    The Bills moved on from Tyrod Taylor for a few reasons.
    1) His contract was too pricey for a guy that would be holding a job for another QB for a few games. Taylor has taken a pay cut in the past in order to stay and I don’t think he would have been willing to do it again.
    2) Taylor is considered starting material, So If Allen gets in there and struggles the fan base would be calling for a QB change, Which would put too much pressure on a rookie that they want to slowly integrate into the starting position.
    3) Taylor had 3 full seasons to prove to the team that he has what it takes to lead the franchise into the future… even though the team got to the Playoffs it was partially based on another team helping them get there. Taylor didn’t do enough to warrant another season as the signal caller.
    4) They got a nice Draft pick for trading him… It was too good to pass up.

  41. indiapalealeblog says:
    June 17, 2018 at 8:28 am

    If he beats out AJ McCarron then it shows they did a terrible job of evaluating McCarron, since they pissed away a lot of cap money.

    ——————————————————————————

    WRONG. His contract is 2 years $10 million. Maybe know what you’re talking about before commenting next time?

  42. From the Nathan Peterman catalogue: “Ohhh, I’m exhausted. I’ve been on this field a thousand times, thrown five interceptions in one half of football. It’s never looked so strange. The faces…so cold. In the distance, a coach is crying. Winless…a bastard coach, perhaps. My back aches…my heart aches…but my arm (stops to look at his arm)…my arm is resilient! (a big smile grows in his face, as he thinks…) Thank God I took off my shoulder pads, and put on my… HIMALAYAN THROWING SLEEVE!

  43. It won’t be Peterman. As a Bill’s fan, I read and hear team news and updates every day. The feedback on Josh Allen from the players is worth noting. Shady McCoy praised Allen while adding “And I’m not a fan of rookies.”. Look for McCarron to start unless Allen has a spectacular camp and preseason.

  44. Marc in Bakersfield | Jun 17, 2018, 10:30 AM CDT
    The Bills do not value accuracy at the QB position

    Google Nate Peterman and his trick shot throws if you think he’s not accurate.

  45. mclennon99 | Jun 17, 2018, 5:05 PM CDT
    It won’t be Peterman. As a Bill’s fan, I read and hear team news and updates every day. The feedback on Josh Allen from the players is worth noting. Shady McCoy praised Allen while adding “And I’m not a fan of rookies.”. Look for McCarron to start unless Allen has a spectacular camp and preseason.
    Check what Shady said about Peterman after his 5 interception game. Nothing but praise.

  46. So just so I have this straight. You dump Tyrod, draft Josh Allen, sign Aj Mccaron, but the supposed best QB was already on the team? Allen is a bust, Mccaron is a bum, and Peterman is not even serviceable. The End.

  47. Nathan Peterman
    Ken Stabler
    Bret Farve
    George Blanda
    Joe Namath
    Troy Aikman
    Sonny Jurgenson
    Otto Graham
    Fran Tarkenton
    Johnny Unitas
    YA Tittle
    John Elway
    Terry Bradshaw
    Len Dawson
    Dan Fouts
    Bart Starr
    Norm Van Brocklin
    Warren Moon

    What do they have in common ? All EXCEPT Nate Peterman have thrown 5 or more interceptions in a game and are in the Hall of Fame.

    Current good and / waiting to get into the Hall QB’s who have thrown 5 or more inceptions ?

    Russell Wilson
    Peyton Manning
    Ben Rothlesburger
    Drew Brees

    5 interceptions doesn’t ruin your career or mean you are done.

  48. EJ says

    “The Bills moved on from Tyrod Taylor for a few reasons.
    1) His contract was too pricey for a guy that would be holding a job for another QB for a few games. Taylor has taken a pay cut in the past in order to stay and I don’t think he would have been willing to do it again.
    2) Taylor is considered starting material, So If Allen gets in there and struggles the fan base would be calling for a QB change, Which would put too much pressure on a rookie that they want to slowly integrate into the starting position.
    3) Taylor had 3 full seasons to prove to the team that he has what it takes to lead the franchise into the future… even though the team got to the Playoffs it was partially based on another team helping them get there. Taylor didn’t do enough to warrant another season as the signal caller.
    4) They got a nice Draft pick for trading him… It was too good to pass up.”

    ““““““

    Oh, I agree. I understand why they moved on. Is it fair to Tyrod? I don’t think so, but they’re trying to build a team for the future and while Tyrod did his job for the Bills, it was time to move forward. I do question the move for McCarron though if Buffalo really does believe in Peterman. Either Peterman or McCarron will have to go-or both-if they end up being starting quality. At least Peterman is on a rookie deal, but I don’t know if Buffalo will be comfortable with two young QBs and no experience on the bench. I doubt McCarron will accept a backup role once again behind Allen (or Peterman for that matter). It’s a safe move for Buffalo for this year, but their next move with Peterman and McCarron is really dependent on how much success each has. If both show some kind of promise at any point in the season or preseason, they will try to trade them. If neither show success, McCarron will likely be released at some point and Peterman will be retained until his contract is up. My guess, at least.

  49. allinstackme says:

    June 17, 2018 at 10:04 am

    ^^^^
    How is a raider fan coming on here & talking about the Bills futility? Smh

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    well because their franchise as seen FAR more success than Buffalo, that’s why.

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