Report: Bills bench Nathan Peterman, Josh Allen will start

Getty Images

The Bills have made another change at quarterback.

Nathan Peterman has been benched and Josh Allen will start on Sunday against the Chargers, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.

Allen was obviously going to start eventually, considering that he was a Top 10 draft pick and Peterman was terrible in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Ravens. But it wasn’t clear whether the Bills wanted to make the move this soon, as there are concerns about whether the Bills have a good enough team around Allen to protect him from getting thrown to the wolves early in his rookie year.

Apparently Bills coach Sean McDermott decided, however, that Peterman just isn’t getting the job done, and the Bills have to try something else. With the Chargers coming to town, Allen will show the Buffalo fans what he can do.

106 responses to “Report: Bills bench Nathan Peterman, Josh Allen will start

  1. With that offensive line? I thought the plan was to let someone else take the hits this year? Why did they trade McCarron anyways? Are they trying to pull a “david carr” on Allen? I guess we’ll find out what he’s really made of really soon.

  2. This will be a real challenge and learning curve for Allen. I believe Allen can handle dealing with a very weak Oline and mediocre receiving corp. The Bills were lucky to be able to land Allen in the Draft.

  3. This is why so many top draft picks get labeled bust and/or actually are bust.
    They get forced onto the worst teams in the league and then get thrown to the wolves and are expected to play like HoFers. While still having the 4 win team and coaching around them…

    When I was kid, “Get off my lawn!!” the young draft QBs played backup for a FEW years before they were expected to lead the team.
    This “Do it now!” mentality is ruining some of the best potential prospects to ever come down the pike…
    I still want you to to stay the hell off my lawn…

  4. Whatever talent Peterman has, it does not seem to work under fire during an actual game. But that’s OK – the world needs more high school football coaches and he’d probably be good at that.

  5. YES! There is a deity!

    It’s ALLEN TIME… NOW, Daboll, PLEASE set up this kid for success with a game plan that will allow him to not get killed out there. Run Shady, run Ivory, run Murphy, run draws, and throw screens, quick slants, TE seams, and 1 on 1 shots on the outside to KB.

    LETS GO!

  6. Can ANYONE explain why they shipped McCarron off for basically nothing? This forces them to put Allen out there before he’s ready and potentially harms his development. People need to be fired over how this has been handled.

  7. Thats so unfair!
    Peterman greatly improved.
    He didn’t throw 5 interceptions in a game.
    Why bench him?

    PS – This makes the GM and HC look like clowns. Get ready to be fired.

  8. 2022 “And with the #3 pick in the draft the Buffalo Bills select quarterback … from ….”
    The O-Line is in shambles. Josh is going to become the next Alex Smith (a good/great quarterback that is going to be ruined at his first team). Alex Smith was very lucky to go to KC, it reignited his career. I am afraid that Allen is going to suffer the same fact. It is a shame that Josh is going to be running for his life all season. Short term vision by the coaches. Bad choice, and this is from a Patriots fan. I’d like to see another decent QB in the league and I think the O-line is going to ruin him.

  9. Josh Allen is not ready to see the field. A.J McCarron should have been the starting QB for the Bills.

    I was chilling on the couch Sunday and me and Peterman almost have the same passer rating.

  10. mogogo1 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:34 am
    Can ANYONE explain why they shipped McCarron off for basically nothing? This forces them to put Allen out there before he’s ready and potentially harms his development. People need to be fired over how this has been handled.

    ————-

    Exactly. McCarron would have given then exactly what they wanted. A guy that could start and not look terrible while they were getting Allen ready. Now Allen has to be sent to the wolves.

  11. At least Peterman made the record books as I’m pretty certain nobody else has ever had 5 interceptions in a half AND a zero QB rating in separate games. That takes some doing. I was holding out for the game where every pass he threw was intercepted, but that just wasn’t meant to be, I guess.

  12. this will ruin allen. the bills are the worst team in the league and now have a well-documented raw qb. he is not ready and will get shelled. at least they can fix their mistake by taking a qb number 1 overall again in next years draft

  13. Yet the most recent installment of a TRASH team setting up a talented kid for failure (and ousting from the league).

    The 1st Ten draft picks should be guaranteed 5 years worth of pay so that Cleveland, the Bills and other basement dwellers can stop destroying these kid’s futures.

  14. He’s getting benched after one week! !! Lmao. The bills head coach is a blundering idiot. I feel bad for the bills fans. They should’ve went after keenum or Bridgewater. Or kept their starter they benched and released. That bridge was probably burnt to the ground. There was no repairing that relationship.

  15. Allen is a QB has been inaccurate at every level he has played in. From HS to his limited throws in the NFL. He would have benefited from sitting on the bench and learning, but the management of the Bills has set him up for failure. The odds are stacked against him and more than likely he will have a terrible year and the Bills will be at the top of draft next year looking for a QB. Some QBs land in the right situation and others are just unlucky. Josh, save your money.

  16. mogogo1 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:34 am
    Can ANYONE explain why they shipped McCarron off for basically nothing? This forces them to put Allen out there before he’s ready and potentially harms his development. People need to be fired over how this has been handled.

    ~~~~
    During Training Camp and in the Preseason games – McCarron just wasn’t that good. Peterman *did* actually look better than him. The Front office said “may as a get what value we can from this rental” and pulled the trigger on the trade.

    Now – my question is why did they get rid of Tyrod if they were planning to slow walk their ‘QB of the future’ development. Tyrod certainly wasn’t ‘great’ (see his playoff non-performance for details), but he was serviceable. I think Tyrod would’ve been a pretty good mentor to Allen.

    oh well – everything looks different in hindsight.

  17. Peterman will be starting in week 3 because:

    (A) Josh Allen will get maimed by the Chargers on Sunday and will be sitting on IR
    (B) Newly signed starting QB, EJ Manuel, won’t be quite up to speed with the new system just yet

  18. ..and so begins the Josh Allen era! Not expected a great season for the Bills as they need to add talent all over the place, but Josh can gain valuable experience. For those saying this will ruin him I say this, it that happens, he was never going to be the answer anyhow. Top 10 QBs don’t get drafted to sit and learn anymore…Get in there and learn how to win at the NFL level!!!

  19. scoops1 says:

    September 12, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Is Kapernick available?
    __________________________________________________

    You’re right! I think the Allen family and the coaches have COLLUDED to keep Kap out of the league!

  20. pastabelly says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:28 am
    It’s insane that they traded away AJ McCarron.

    Um, no. McCarron just isn’t good. Not even just “not very good”. He isn’t ANY good. Bills may be suffering at QB for a while but McCarron wasn’t going to solve it.

  21. Remember when Buffalo benched Tyrod Taylor for Peterman while in the midst of a playoff race? Fun times. They have no choice but to throw Allen to the wolves and watch him sink.

  22. .
    The McCarron trade is a clear indication that we are witnessing “Suck for Luck 2”. The Bills will attempt to auction off the #1 for a bevy of later picks. Those new bodies will be added to the recouped 60 million in dead cap dollars that will be available for free agency. Those two moves can make Buffalo well in a hurry. Tanking works.
    .

  23. “Josh is going to become the next Alex Smith (a good/great quarterback that is going to be ruined at his first team)”
    _________________

    First, an odd comparison given their styles couldn’t be any more different. Allen is a pocket passer with a big-arm but accuracy issues while Smith is dual threat, weak-armed but extremely accurate. Secondly, where did you hear Smith was “ruined” in San Fran? He played extremely well there including a 13-3 season as the starter and had a 104 QB rating his final season there. It took him 5 seasons in KC to top that rating.

  24. It’s not really week 2 Bills fans should worry about. It’s week 3 when he’ll have to face the Vikings defense who will be drooling once they see a poorly protected and equipped rookie QB.

  25. Everyone crying about “throwing a rookie to the wolves”. Lmao. If you are a good qb then there are no wolves on the field. If you play awfully bad then you were never good to begin with. Look at Darnold and the pathetic jets. He made what everyone thought was a bad jets team look like a playoff team. I don’t believe in the term “throwing to the wolves”. Maybe if your qb was drafted as a freshman in high school then that could be called “thrown to the wolves “. All these rookies are grown men that were elite in college for years. They should be ready to play football. The only thing that’s a concern is confidence, butterflies, nerves. All that should go away after the first series. Today’s rookie qbs are treated like toddlers. The only way to get your rookie ready is by playing him, getting experience. So what if he has a few bad games, that’s how you learn. You learn from your mistakes and get better. Then year two will be your breakout year.

  26. What the Bills need is the type of quarterback who can just come in and keep it steady — not remarkable, just steady — while the rookie develops from the bench.

    You know, like the Tyrod Taylor or AJ McCarron type.

    Oh wait.

  27. nhpats says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:33 am
    This may be the worst Bills team we have seen in years. I am not even sure they can beat the Colts
    ___________
    There it is……what took you so long?
    #YourTeam*Cheats

  28. After a few games or even a few quarters of Josh Allen I suspect many fans will be asking for more Peterson.

  29. Cut the veteran, start the backup, then panic and throw your rookie to the wolves after one week.

    Wow, Bills. Just wow.

  30. With the way Bills fans and front office treated Tyrod Taylor they deserve to be in this predicament. At least with Taylor you were competitive. Oh well. Might as well get Allen ready early. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

  31. So Mrs Pegula…do you need anymore proof that you have no clue when it comes to selecting head coaches and general managers?

  32. That line is going to make any qb, rb and wr look bad. Bills GM managed to ruin a playoff team in one off season! Impressive for his resume he will soon need to update.

  33. patrickg68 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 11:22 am
    With the 1st pick in the 2019 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills select…

    ____

    Can they get a whole O-line with just one pick?

  34. This is great news for the Bills. Starting him this early gives them more a chance to see that Allen still can’t hit the broadside of a barn, and maybe cut their losses and realize they shouldn’t draft a QB who has no accuracy. Instead of it dragging on into next year as well.

  35. mogogo1 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:34 am
    Can ANYONE explain why they shipped McCarron off for basically nothing? This forces them to put Allen out there before he’s ready and potentially harms his development. People need to be fired over how this has been handled.
    ———————————————————————-

    So they can absorb his cap hit this season to free up money for next season.

  36. Also…. I feel McCarron was just an insurance signing in case they couldn’t get the QB they wanted in the draft. Training camp and pre-season was an audition for him to be traded.

  37. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 11:14 am
    Everyone crying about “throwing a rookie to the wolves”. Lmao. If you are a good qb then there are no wolves on the field. If you play awfully bad then you were never good to begin with. Look at Darnold and the pathetic jets. He made what everyone thought was a bad jets team look like a playoff team. I don’t believe in the term “throwing to the wolves”. Maybe if your qb was drafted as a freshman in high school then that could be called “thrown to the wolves “. All these rookies are grown men that were elite in college for years. They should be ready to play football. The only thing that’s a concern is confidence, butterflies, nerves. All that should go away after the first series. Today’s rookie qbs are treated like toddlers. The only way to get your rookie ready is by playing him, getting experience. So what if he has a few bad games, that’s how you learn. You learn from your mistakes and get better. Then year two will be your breakout year.

    ————–

    It really depends on the player. Some guys have high ceilings but need a year or two to develop and not start games. Rodgers and Brady were both in that camp.

    Other guys like Ben started as a rookie with success, but that team was a run first defensive team that could protect him. He didn’t have to do much. Even in the Super Bowl in his second year he only had a 22.6 rating and they won.

    Peyton started as a rookie, but he really wasn’t great, and he did has some HOF talent on that team to help him.

    There are also plenty of examples of QBs with promise failing because they start for bad teams. Look at Steve Young. Walsh developed him into a great player, but he was terrible in Tampa Bay before that.

    It’s definitely not true that it’s best to just throw a rookie in and let him play.

  38. nhpats says:

    September 12, 2018 at 10:33 am

    This may be the worst Bills team we have seen in years. I am not even sure they can beat the Colts
    _______________________________________________________________________________
    I actually agree with you. I think this kid has potential, just hope he doesn’t get killed Sunday behind that awful OL.

  39. Roger Alston says:
    September 12, 2018 at 11:55 am
    Also…. I feel McCarron was just an insurance signing in case they couldn’t get the QB they wanted in the draft. Training camp and pre-season was an audition for him to be traded.

    ———–

    That’s true, but it was a bad decision to maintain that plan given how bad Peterman is on game day. It would have been smart to change their mind and keep McCarron.

  40. purpleguy says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:51 am
    I’m about as far from a Bills fan as there is, but I kinda feel sorry for this Peterman guy.
    ————————————————
    I agree. Starting him against the Ravens pass rush behind that putrid OL is border line criminal. He never has a chance

  41. Nevermind whatever evidence he has for trial, if the Bills don’t call Kapernick now after trotting out that joke of a player last week, that fact is Exhibits 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 how the NFL is colluding against him.

    Just Do It Buffalo

  42. TruFBFan says:
    September 12, 2018 at 11:01 am
    pastabelly says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:28 am
    It’s insane that they traded away AJ McCarron.

    Um, no. McCarron just isn’t good. Not even just “not very good”. He isn’t ANY good. Bills may be suffering at QB for a while but McCarron wasn’t going to solve it.
    ====================================================================
    Are you mistaking AJ McCArron for Reilly McCarrong, the kid who let the punt hit him in the face and then was cut by Belichick? AJ has a career passer rating of 94 and is, at worst, serviceable.

  43. pastabelly says:

    September 12, 2018 at 10:28 am

    It’s insane that they traded away AJ McCarron.
    ———————
    For a 5th round pick too! I don’t get it at all.

  44. justintuckrule says:

    September 12, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Nevermind whatever evidence he has for trial, if the Bills don’t call Kapernick now after trotting out that joke of a player last week, that fact is Exhibits 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 how the NFL is colluding against him.

    Just Do It Buffalo
    —————–
    LMAO Well it would be one thing if Kaep actually wanted to play.

  45. This is shaping up to be a disaster. They should have kept McCarron, he would have at least been serviceable. Now they have to hang a young guy out to dry well before he’s ready.

  46. inozwetrust says:
    September 12, 2018 at 12:28 pm
    purpleguy says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:51 am
    I’m about as far from a Bills fan as there is, but I kinda feel sorry for this Peterman guy.
    ————————————————
    I agree. Starting him against the Ravens pass rush behind that putrid OL is border line criminal. He never has a chance

    1 0 Rate This

    ——————

    lol

    what ravens pass rush? i can’t name more than 2 players on their team

    baltimore sucks

  47. Easy decision considering they play San Diego this week. If you recall Nathan Pederman’s epic 5 interception first half was against San Diego last year….lmao

  48. Can’t blame Peterman at all, honestly. He’s been their guy to “just throw in there” for two years straight now, and never actually got a chance to be prepared as the starter. They forced him in last year suddenly after benching Tyrod (for no real reason, of course), and this year jettisoned McCarron (again for no real reason other than their own impatience) to thrust him once more into the starting lineup against a good defense. So yeah, Peterman is not ready, but neither is Allen, and the Bills might end up ruining both of them.

  49. I love how everyone assumes Aj was a mistake to trade but they clearly moved on from him because he couldn’t beat out Peterman the man you guys are ripping apart right now. Aj sucks he never proved anything at the NFL level other then being a back up. The only mistake the bills made was signing him originally over a veteran who actually started football games in regular season. Hopefully they can bring in a Veteran now and dump Peterman.

  50. ak185 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    Can’t blame Peterman at all, honestly. He’s been their guy to “just throw in there” for two years straight now, and never actually got a chance to be prepared as the starter. They forced him in last year suddenly after benching Tyrod (for no real reason, of course), and this year jettisoned McCarron (again for no real reason other than their own impatience) to thrust him once more into the starting lineup against a good defense. So yeah, Peterman is not ready, but neither is Allen, and the Bills might end up ruining both of them.
    ————————————

    What the hell are you talking about throwing him in there he was competing from the get go this year and had plenty of time to prepare. He just sucks no other excuse. Aj came in to compete lost to Peterman then was shipped out for a 5th round pick. Peterman proved that Preseason football against burger flippers is not the same as regular season with top talented teams. Plenty of video showing him leaving wr wide open cause he has tunnel vision and focuses only on the main route. Good qbs scan the field and thats what keeps them as the starter in this league. Peterman can stick to back up or P Squad because he isn’t good enough to play at the pro level.

  51. “What the hell are you talking about throwing him in there he was competing from the get go this year and had plenty of time to prepare. He just sucks no other excuse”

    —–

    There’s more to understanding football than just watching someone suck on T.V. and then claiming that he’s terrible. There are a lot of things that go into that-his game preparation, the offense called for him, the QB coach working with him, and his own confidence. Pulling and switching guys from first team offense to second team to third team does them more harm than good. That’s why QB competitions hurt your team. Every time. Every single time.

    It was obvious from the get go that McCarron was most prepared to start. Neither Peterman nor Allen have extensive playing experience in the NFL. Before you get started on your rant, remember that Peterman is in his second year as a fifth round pick with only two starts, one of which came out of nowhere against a highly ranked pass defense. If you cannot see how that can damage a QB’s development than you do not understand football at all. How does a good QB LEARN to scan the field? At practice? At the combine? In college? NFL defenses are different, and especially the Ravens’ defense, which is notorious for (like the Steelers’ old defenses) using mixed fronts and veteran players (Suggs, Weddle, etc.) who know how to fool inexperienced QBs. It was going to be a tough game no matter who started, and what the Bills did was eject their experienced starter for a throw-away guy with no history of success to lean on and no further commitment from the staff to develop for the future. Now, working with the starting offensive line and reciever group, he has to go back to working with the twos and threes and adjusting once more. For a young QB who is already trying to learn the pace of the NFL and become comfortable with an NFL offense, that’s bad coaching. What happens if Allen struggles? Do they send in Peterman again? Not to mention the offensive line is in terrible shape.

    That’s what I’m talking about. It’s called football. It’s called knowing how to develop your picks. Right now, the Bills stink at both of them.

  52. Out of all the first-round quarterback prospects we did film on, Allen had the most potential to bust. I don’t think his issues are correctable at this stage, and if you can’t light up lower-tier Power 5 defenses, you shouldn’t be expected to flourish at the professional level. He’s got a huge arm, but he’s more Ryan Mallet than anything.

  53. Let’s see, how many teams can go 0-16 this year? The Bills, the Lions, the Raiders, the Browns. Oh wait the Browns can go 0-15-1 to get the second overall pick in April. How will they split the number one pick three ways?

  54. If you are a good qb then there are no wolves on the field

    That depends an awful lot on the five guys in front of you.

  55. I was amused by the line in the article:
    “Apparently Bills coach Sean McDermott decided, however, that Peterman just isn’t getting the job done”
    Very astute decision by McDermott. I wonder when it occurred to McDermott that “Peterman just isn’t getting the job done”? Was it around the time the scoreboard read Baltimore 40 Buffalo O ?

  56. McDermott and Beane brought in all three QBs: Peterman & Allen via draft and McCarron via trade. McDermott and Beabe must have their fingers crossed that Allen works out – as the Bills Mafia are quick to boo.

    PS While the offense didn’t look too good with the 47-3 loss, I reckon the defense got an earful this week too…

  57. “The 1st Ten draft picks should be guaranteed 5 years worth of pay so that Cleveland, the Bills and other basement dwellers can stop destroying these kid’s futures”

    The first round draft picks are for 4 years, guaranteed, with a 5th year team option….

  58. ramsfandango says:
    September 12, 2018 at 11:25 am
    This is what happens when the NFL allows a hockey family to own a NFL franchise.
    ————————————————————-
    The Pegulas are not a hockey family – have you seen the Sabres success under their watch?

    The Pegulas are very rich folks with toys they have no idea how to manage.

  59. Should Never have let Tyrod go. Would have been great to have Josh Allen sit and learn under him. Want to trust “the process” but if I have to go through losing every game this year to get salary cap dead money cleared and hopefully have a competitive team next season, I am going to do my sh**. Go Bills.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!