Matt Barkley to start for Bills at quarterback, Nathan Peterman benched

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How bad is Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman? So bad that he’s been benched for Matt Barkley, a quarterback who has bounced around the league for years and only signed with the Bills last week.

The Bills made the surprising announcement today that Barkley will be their starting quarterback Sunday against the Jets. First-round rookie Josh Allen and veteran Derek Anderson are both out with injuries, and the newly arrived Barkley will start ahead of Peterman.

That says a lot about Peterman, who opened the season as the starter but has been brutally bad this year. At this point, it’s surprising that Peterman even has a roster spot. Perhaps he won’t once Allen and Anderson are healthy.

Barkley hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2016, when he started six games for the Bears. He showed flashes of talent at times that season, but he struggled for the most part, finishing the year with eight touchdown passes and 14 interceptions.

Both teams are relying on backup quarterbacks on Sunday. The Jets will start Josh McCown at quarterback ahead of Sam Darnold.

53 responses to “Matt Barkley to start for Bills at quarterback, Nathan Peterman benched

  1. Is Peterman dating someone in the front office or perhaps the owner’s daughter, because there seems to be no other reason he still has a job in that organization.

  2. The Bills are snakebit this year. It’s a total washout for that team. I feel so sad for their long-suffering fans. Hope they’re able to get Josh Allen healthy and build some talent around him so the franchise can begin to climb out of the dumps.

  3. SundaySwami – Honestly that is very true. I dont recall seeing a quarterback this bad get so much opportunities.

  4. So the Bills have sunk to new lows by starting Barkley.

    Well…he was a heck of a basketball player with the 76ers and Suns. Can’t be any worse than Peterman.😉

  5. For last week’s Bills/Bears game you could get tickets online for $7. The local Canisius v. St. Francis high school championship game being played at UB is selling for $10…how sad is that for the Big Bad Blue?

  6. —-v2787 says:
    November 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm
    The Bills are snakebit this year. It’s a total washout for that team. I feel so sad for their long-suffering fans. Hope they’re able to get Josh Allen healthy and build some talent around him so the franchise can begin to climb out of the dumps–

    Remember, the Bill’s have $54M in dead cap space this year, mostly due to cleaning up the Whaley mess and other issues, like Woods injury retirement and Incognito’s head case retirement. Hopefully Beane will use that extra space well next year!

  7. Worst outcome for Jets fans.
    They will for sure win handily. Bye week comes next week. Maccagnan will like he put a good team together and talk “process” through back channels in the media and Darnold’s injury is the type ‘you have to take time with’. New England comes to NJ after the bye week. Belichick 2 weeks to plan. Darnold isn’t playing in that game, you can guarantee it; they don’t want him throwing 4 picks at home in a loss and the hellacious booing from the fans to follow. Bowles on thin ice as it is and people might actually start directing responsibility to Maccagnan which he will not allow even with some NY beat writers giving him a pass. There will be a few days of bliss in Jets world. They prove they aren’t the worst team in their market after the Giants lose to the 49ers and that they aren’t the worst team in their division. And Maccagnan’s ineptitude will get yet another week or so of deferral.

  8. Bills fans will say “Matt Barkley should’ve been starving all along, he’s better than people think” ..the jokes keep writing themselves

  9. Shame there isn’t someone of Colin Kapernik’s ability who’s without a job right now… oh wait

  10. In all honesty, this team was a fluke last year. The team is gutted with 33% of the team cap used on players that aren’t on the team. Them and the Raiders are the worst team in the NFL they will have a top two pick in next years draft. Their fans are going to suffer for a least another before things get better.

  11. I thought Matt Barkley did a fine job as the Bears QB in 2016. He had two game winning TD passes dropped, by inept receivers, in the end zone during the last minute of both games. Barkley would have had two winning games to his credit. The smart and economical move by GM Pace would have been to keep Barkley to start the 2017 season and then draft the QB of his choice. Instead he faked everyone out by signing FA Mike Glennon for 17M and drafted Trubisky to everyone’s surprise. Everyone forgets that if Barkley had opted for the draft after his junior year he would have been the #1 pick in the draft. Unfortunately, he went back to school to win a national championship, had a so-so year, and was drafted in a later round. I often wonder how his career might have gone if he had been drafted #1 after his junior year. I still like him and would not be surprised if he won tomorrows game for the Bills.

  12. Matt Barkley! What is the difference? There is no QB on this roster even with Allen.

    Matt Barkley Stats 5 games- Cmp% 59.8 – Yds 1911 – Y/A 7.2 – TD 8 – Int – 18 – Rate/QBR 68.3/39.8

  13. I still get excited for every game.

    They stuck with Nate through thick and thin before, what changed?

    In season in game try outs?

  14. sgrvn329 says:
    November 10, 2018 at 5:41 pm
    Matt Barkley! What is the difference? There is no QB on this roster even with Allen.

    Matt Barkley Stats 5 games- Cmp% 59.8 – Yds 1911 – Y/A 7.2 – TD 8 – Int – 18 – Rate/QBR 68.3/39.8
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    Allen’s last game against Houston he was 10 of 17 for 84 yards 58.82% in an uncompleted came, but his potential is great like when he beat the Vikings this season with: 15 of 22 for 196 yards 1 td 68.18% comp… 10 rushes for 39 yards & 2 td’s. Allen is a rookie learning on the job… He will eventually become a successful NFL QB… but again he is a rookie.

  15. Matt Barkley did not beat out Colin Kaepernick when they played together. Why wouldn’t the Bills hire CK? Oh, wait, they don’t really care about winning.

  16. I’d have gone with Barkley instead of Anderson from the beginning.

    How can the owner trust the GM after the Peterman fiasco?

    GM> Peterman will be our starter

    Bills fan> Hey, he STANK last year. How can you possibly think he can all of a sudden be an NFL starter

    GM> Peterman has improved

    Bills Owner (Pegula)> OK, lets see how it goes

    BOOM!!!!!!

    GM> Gosh. I guess I miscalculated. (Can I blame this on Whaley and Rex?)

  17. USC quarterback, all that needs to be said. One of my proudest possessions is the official NFL Arizona Cardinals ‘Leinart’ Jersey I bought at Marshall’s years ago for $4.

  18. Josh Allen needs Tommy John surgery. It’s over. The Bills will need to draft another QB in the draft.

  19. Barkley’s good enough to be the starting QB on a number of teams, but I’m not expecting miracles after one week in the organization. I remember everyone laughing when Nick Foles took over in Philly. I also remember when Trent Green got hurt and we all lost hope when they put in Kurt Warner. Nobody had ever heard of him. Many of us were calling Jared Goff a bust, just a year ago. My point is you don’t always know what a guy can do until he gets on the field.

  20. There goes super fanboy’s thinking that the Bills were tanking the season, they’re actually trying to win.

    $7.00 per ticket, no wonder they’re moving.

  21. fordmandalay says:
    November 10, 2018 at 7:10 pm
    USC quarterback, all that needs to be said. One of my proudest possessions is the official NFL Arizona Cardinals ‘Leinart’ Jersey I bought at Marshall’s years ago for $4.
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    I know people love to rag on USC (and I’m no fan of them myself), but this thinking is so asinine. If Peyton Manning or Drew Brees went to USC, you really think they wouldn’t be good? It’s not that going to USC makes a QB bad. It’s that, historically, USC gets a lot of press, so their QB’s always get overhyped (just like Notre Dame’s…shout out to Jimmy Clausen and Brady Quinn). It’s about a QB’s talent, not where he went to school. Carson Wentz went to North Dakota State. Kurt Warner went to Northern Iowa. Somehow Chad Henne is not an all-pro, even though he went to the same school as Tom Brady.

    If Barkley is any good, he’ll show it. Where he went to school has nothing to do with it.

  22. joetoronto says:
    November 10, 2018 at 7:46 pm
    There goes super fanboy’s thinking that the Bills were tanking the season, they’re actually trying to win.
    $7.00 per ticket, no wonder they’re moving.
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    Yeah, they are moving, nice one loser. You have no team and only one moving are the Carr bust Raiders.

  23. I love that there are people defending Peterman in this thread.

    Don’t forget in 2017 that the bills head coach pulled tyrod taylor from the starting job to start peterman, the result was disastrous. Fortunately taylor came back to help lead the bills to the playoffs for the first time in a long time but the damage was done.

  24. Still don’t understand all the continued calls for Kaepernick. He was ordinary in his prime and lost out in a head to head QB battle with Gabbert didn’t he? I will concede though that he would be a better option than Peterman. Go Bills.

  25. Beane & McDermott are responsible for this mess and should be fired for it. Ive been watching this team for 55 years and in all that time the team has had maybe 4 good coaches….Lou Saban, Marv Levy,Chuck Knox and Wade Phillips. The rest have been abject failures.GM’s Richard Gallagher,Bill Polian & John Butler successful. The rest failures. These 2 clowns are the teams latest failures. The test is over. hire some competent employees Mr & Mrs Pegula….

  26. Bonus points to the Bills GM for signing Barkley instead of Glennon. And now I take back those bonus points because Glennon is somehow on an NFL roster and couldn’t be signed by the Bills, otherwise he might have.

    I’m sad the Bears signed Glennon last year, but I’m also happy they signed him, because it forced the coach to get Trubisky in there sooner. As a Bears fan, I’ve seen my fair share of bad QB’s in this league, but Glennon’s stint as a Bear was one of the worst things I ever witnessed. I hope Barkley does well even though he’s once again lining up behind center with one of the worst OLines in the NFL and a considerable lack of talent at RB, WR and TE. The cards are stacked against whoever takes the snaps in that organization.

  27. I think the Bills are hiding QB Josh Allen because the dude cannot play and is just freaking bad. He had a sprained elbow supposedly & has been out several weeks now, he’s been practicing and throwing. I think they’re trying to hide him. Allen shouldnt be starting and is not ready to be a starting QB1 at all. As raw as Allen is he shouldnt be out there as the Bills are doing more harm than good by starting him and I think they see that. I think Allen is a bust & BUF will be looking to draft another QB in the near future. The Bills QB situation is an absolutely atrocious as is the entire offense as a whole. Buffalo is by far the worst place for a young QB to end up drafted to right now as the offense is crumbling with a terrible OL, no weapons, infighting among staff etc it is just the definition of dysfunctional.

  28. I’m just waiting on a printed retraction of this story after the hurting the Bills put on the Jets today at the hands of Barkley. All of the pro Kaep commentators should be looking for the redaction tool.

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