After a disastrous first NFL start a few weeks back, Nathan Peterman is in line to get the job back this year the only way he could have.
In the midst of playoff contention, the Buffalo Bills benched quarterback Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nathan Peterman back in Week 11. That outing against the Los Angeles Chargers could not have gone any worse, with nearly as many completions to Chargers’ defenders (five) as his own receivers (six) in one half of football.
The Bills beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12, with Taylor back starting, and he started Sunday against the New England Patriots. The result did not go Buffalo’s way at all this time around though, with 23-3 loss to drop them to 6-6 this season.
But a significant player loss, to what seems to be a significant injury, may force a quarterback switch yet again.
By all accounts Taylor injured his ankle very early in the game, and played through it until an accumulation of hits brought a knee injury and rendered him unable to continue. He was not playing well, as could be assumed by the results for the Bills (9-for-18 for 65 yards with an interception), but being banged up all game long surely did not help.
If Taylor winds up being done for the season, which seems possible until an official update comes, Peterman will presumably be given a longer leash than he had the first time around. It may well be sink or swim with Peterman from here on out this season, barring an injury, with only Joe Webb as a backup right now. A signing to take Taylor’s roster spot at this point in the season could not be expected to be anything more than just that, a roster filler.
The bigger question is if Taylor has finally taken his last snap for the Bills. He seemed to be done with the team heading into Week 17 of the 2016 season, and head coach Sean McDermott seemed to all but hope that was the case two or three weeks ago with the decision to start Peterman. But now the end of Taylor in Buffalo is looking like an injury-forced reality.