Charger Felt Disrespected By Bills Starting Nathan Peterman

Written by Kevin Patra at NFL.com

“Trippin’.”

That is how Los Angeles Chargers corner Casey Hayward described the decision by Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott to start rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman on the road.

“This week? Really? Changing to a rookie quarterback for his first start? Against us?” Hayward thought before the Chargers picked off Peterman five times in the first half.

“I’m pretty sure we might’ve felt a little disrespected,” Hayward said, via the L.A. Times. “…We’ve got two really good pass rushers, probably the top tandem in the NFL. We’ve got really good corners. … We’ve got really good safeties. They do it against us?

“Trippin’.”

Trippin’ in deed.

The optics of the Bills’ quarterback decision look disastrous in hindsight, with Peterman tossing five INTs in just 14 pass attempts. They never looked great from the moment the decision was made. Making a change is one thing, but doing it on a cross-country road trip, facing a fire-breathing pass rush in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram was inviting trouble.

McDermott said following the game he’d wait to name a starter after Tyrod Taylor was his normal solid self in second half relief in the blowout. But how can he justify going back to Peterman after one of the most disastrous first halves of football since the invention of the forward pass? The rookie could be scared for the rest of his career.

“Me and Mel knew that if we were able to get pressure and get in his face, he was going to make some bad decisions with the football,” Bosa said, per the O.C. Register. “We didn’t expect five.”

You know it’s a bad situation when a defensive player sounds sorry for the beating he put on his opponent.

“You have to cut him a break,” Bosa added. “He’s a rookie, and he was thrown in there out of the blue. And it’s not like we were taking it easy on him.”

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Bills Bench Tyrod Taylor For Nathan Peterman

Written by Scooby Axson at SI.com

The Buffalo Bills will be bench Tyrod Taylor for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers and rookie backup Nathan Peterman will get the start.

Taylor had started the team’s first nine games this season, going 5–4 in those games. The move comes days after the Bills were blown out at home by the New Orleans Saints.

Taylor went 9 for 18 with 56 yards passing and one interception in the 47–10 loss. Peterman came on in relief of Taylor and had 79 yards and led the team to their only touchdown.

“This is not an indictment on Tyrod,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said about the quarterback change. “I’ve been impressed with the maturity from Nathan Peterman. I’m comfortable making a calculated risk to try and get us where we need to go.”

Taylor is completing 64% of his passes for 1,684 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

Buffalo enters the week with the league’s 28th–ranked offense and 30th–ranked passing offense.

Peterman was a fifth–round pick by Buffalo in the 2017 NFL draft out of Pittsburgh.

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QB Prospects Still Jockeying For Positioning In NFL Draft

Written by Jeff Legwold at ESPN.com

The quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL draft class have heard the naysayers.

If teams are looking for a sure thing at the top of the draft — say a Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck — it’s probably not happening this year.

But don’t tell that to the draftees.

“If you ask all the guys that are other quarterbacks in this draft class, they’ll probably say the same thing,” Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson said. “It’s just going to make the documentary and the story in five, 10 years even better whenever they start talking good about us. It’s a motivational tip and a humbling tip, and they can say what they want to say, but that’s just opinions, not facts — because we haven’t stepped foot on an NFL field yet, so they don’t know what’s going to happen.”

In most draft years, the pecking order at the top for quarterbacks is set by the time they report to Indianapolis in February for the scouting combine. This year’s class is different, as the opinions vary widely on the best available passers. As a result, those players might actually change their stock significantly between now and the draft’s opening night on April 27.

It also means every interview, clip of video, private workout and even offhanded comment could move one of the quarterbacks to the head of the class.

“All the guys are great, all the guys are very competitive,” Watson said. “All the guys have had success, are going have a successful career in the NFL. Everyone works hard, everyone is motivated to be the guy in that franchise.”

Watson, North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer, Pitt’s Nathan Peterman and Cal’s Davis Webb are on many teams’ draft boards. But how they’re ranked differs widely around the league, as the beauty of this class of passers is truly in the eyes of the beholder.

The group has more riding on these last-look workouts and visits than many of its predecessors. In previous years, quarterback prospects were trying to move up a few picks in the weeks leading up to the draft. This group could move entire rounds as they leapfrog each other based on tryouts.

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