Peterman named starting quarterback against Chargers

November 15, 2017 - 10:43 am

The Buffalo Bills have made a change at quarterback heading into their Week 11 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott has made the decision to bench quarterback Tyrod Taylor this Sunday in favor of rookie quarterback, Nathan Peterman.

Peterman, 23, will make his first career start in the National Football League after appearing in his first regular season action last week against the New Orleans Saints. In his two series of action, Peterman went 7-of-10 for 79 yards and a touchdown.

"It was a decision made by myself. Coaches were not involved in this decision, this was a decision that I made," McDermott said in his Wednesday morning press conference at One Bills Drive. "Certainly I spoke with Brandon [Beane], like I do about every decision, and really it's about becoming a better team. Like every position, quarterback is no different. I understand the headline part of that. Every position is evaluated, and that's the direction I decided to go.

"We are 5-4, I understand that and we are in the playoff hunt at this point. It is always, and 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 be more than 5-4."

The Bills drafted Peterman in the fifth round (171st overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh. He will be the fifth quarterback from the 2017 Draft class to make a start for their respective team this season.

Taylor struggled for the Bills last week against the Saints, going just 9-of-18 for 56 yards and was inefficient on offense outside of the first drive of the game. This season, Taylor has thrown for 1,684 yards and has completed 64.2-percent of his passes. Taylor has also thrown for 10 touchdowns this season, while only throwing three interceptions.

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