Bills bench Tyrod, rookie QB Peterman to start
By Spectrum News Staff
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The struggling Bills offense will have a new signal caller for this Sunday’s game against the Chargers.
Head coach Sean McDermott announced that the team is benching quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor or rookie Nathan Peterman.
The team is 5-4 and still in the playoff hunt and McDermott said it was his call to give the rookie the nod.
“It’s about, like I mentioned before, becoming a better team and that’s what we’re here for,” McDermott said. “We are 5-4 and I understand that and we are in the playoff hunt at this point. It is always and will forever for the time that I am here, will be about becoming the best team that we can possibly become. We are made for more than 5-4 and I’ve come here to become more than 5-4.”
Taylor has thrown for 1,684 yards with 10 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 64.2 completion percentage this season.
Peterman, a fifth round selection of the 2017 NFL draft, played his college football at Pittsburgh and threw for 79 yards and a touchdown last week in his NFL debut.
McDermott said this change isn’t the result of any injury to Taylor, but a “calculated risk” to start Peterman.
McDermott says he met with Taylor personally to tell him his decision and that the quarterback was disappointed, but handled it professionally.