Buffalo Bills to start Nathan Peterman at quarterback
Peterman, a rookie fifth-round pick, replaced Taylor with less than five minutes remaining in Sunday’s 47-10 loss to the Saints. Taylor completed nine of 18 passes for 56 yards before being benched.
“We are in the playoff hunt, and we are always focused on becoming the best team possible,” McDermott said. “We were made for better than 5-4.”
The Bills, led by veteran offensive coordinator Rick Dennison in his first year with the team, rank 28th in yards per game (292.0) and 19th in points per game (18.9). Against a Saints defense that ranked 15th in yards allowed per game entering Sunday (326.6), there was a clear problem Sunday for Buffalo’s offense.
Taylor’s 56 passing yards and 33.6 passer rating were both the lowest in his 38-game career as Buffalo’s starter. His career-worst outing came despite the Bills debut of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, acquired in a trade last month, and the return of tight end Charles Clay from a month-long absence because of a knee injury.
Peterman led the Bills on a six-play, 75-yard drive ending in a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick O’Leary before the Saints ran out the clock to end the game.
“I thought he did some good things,” McDermott said of Peterman after Sunday’s game. “Moved the offense there. Obviously, got us into the end zone, so that was a positive.”
ESPN’s Mike Rodak contributed to this report.
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