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Posted Nov 15, 2017

Bills head coach Sean McDermott made a major decision as he's decided to start rookie Nathan Peterman at quarterback this Sunday in Los Angeles.

Peterman to start at QB Sunday
A big decision has been made by Bills head coach Sean McDermott. With his team still firmly in the playoff hunt as current holders of the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC, he has decided to hand the keys to his offense over to rookie QB Nathan Peterman.

“As I continually evaluate our roster and our goal to become better I’ve decided to start Nate Peterman as our quarterback this week,” said McDermott. “I remain confident in Tyrod Taylor and his ability to help our football team move forward.”

McDermott said it was a decision he made on his own without input from the coaching staff. The change comes just two days after McDermott reiterated in a Monday press conference that Tyrod Taylor was still his starter.

“Tyrod was our starter when you guys asked me that question Sunday and again on Monday,” McDermott said. “Just like every week I continue to evaluate our team and our situation. I thought about it and slept on it and I felt like we needed to move in a different direction at this time and made a decision Tuesday morning.”

Buffalo is 5-4 on the season, but their offense struggled in a big way last Sunday in a humbling 47-10 loss to New Orleans. It marked the first time in 2017 that the Bills had lost back-to-back games as Buffalo did not even look like they could compete over the past two weeks with their opponents.

“Really it’s about becoming a better team,” said McDermott. “That’s what we’re here for. 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.”

Taylor did not play poorly in Week 9, but admitted it was a bad game for him and the offense this past Sunday when he went 9-18 passing for 56 yards with an interception.

Peterman, in his first regular season appearance with about four minutes to play in last week’s blowout loss, had more production than Taylor in limited action going 7-10 passing for 79 yards and a touchdown.

“I’ve been impressed with Nate’s maturity as a rookie at a very early point in his career,” said McDermott. “He certainly worked hard. When you look at Nate and what he was able to do through OTAs, training camp, preseason and the other day he did some good things, though it was a small sample size in a game, a regular season game. That said he has a lot of work to do, just like we all do.”

Taylor had been the Bills starter for the better part of the last two and a half seasons with the exception of a Week 17 benching last season after former head coach Rex Ryan was fired.

So far in 2017, Taylor had put together his highest completion rate in season at just over 64 percent. His touchdown to interception ratio was also higher, but his production as a passer and a runner are slightly lower from where they were the last two seasons.

For Peterman, Sunday will be his first career NFL start.

2 – Several starters not practicing
The list of Bills players sidelined by injury this week has grown. Head coach Sean McDermott ran down the list of non-participants for Wednesday’s practice.

“The following players will not practice, Cordy Glenn, Jerry Hughes, Mike Tolbert, Charles Clay,” said McDermott.

Glenn, who missed last week’s game with his foot and ankle issues is still not ready to return. Hughes left last Sunday’s game with a shin injury. Mike Tolbert has a hamstring injury that cropped up after the game.

Charles Clay played last week for the first time in five weeks after a knee injury that required surgery. He was on the field for 29 plays last week, but is likely sore after his first action in over a month. Hopefully he just needs an extra day to heal up.

Speaking of rest, veterans Kyle Williams, LeSean McCoy and Lorenzo Alexander are also getting a day off on Wednesday and will not participate in practice.

3 – Gaines, Jones to practice, Matthews limited
He won’t be practicing fully, but WR Jordan Matthews will participate on a limited basis Wednesday in practice.

According to head coach Sean McDermott, Matthews suffered a knee injury last week, the severity of which was not disclosed.

Meanwhile Zay Jones and E.J. Gaines, who both missed last week’s game will practice today.