1 - Quarterbacks are prepared for game-time decisionIt will be a game-time decision on who will play quarterback for the Bills in Week 14 against the Colts. Tyrod Taylor's still battling a knee injury that he suffered last Sunday. Rookie Nathan Peterman will get the nod if Taylor's a no-go.
Even though head coach, Sean McDermott, hasn't confirmed the starter against the Colts, Peterman's preparation remains the same.
"It's always the same. I'm always ready to play," said Peterman. "This is maybe a little more helpful because I'm getting more reps, but at the same time I'm ready to play and it's the same week in and week out."
If Peterman gets the start, it will be the second of his NFL career. His first start came in Week 11 against the Chargers, where he threw five first-half interceptions. Coach McDermott's confident in how the rookie has handled himself so far this season.
"The great thing about Nathan is he continues to be poised and composed. He's steady, which is a little bit unusual at the quarterback position. When I say steady I mean mentally," said McDermott. "He's been through things over the course of his career, over the course of his life, that have equipped him to handle different things in his life now. We all know you get tested in this league. He's done a good job with it up until this point. I'm confident he'll continue to do a good job in that area."
Taylor never was a full participant in practice this week. On Wednesday, he did not participate at all. On Thursday and Friday, he practiced on a limited basis.
"Very eager every time I'm on the field. Every opportunity in the NFL when you're behind the center is a great opportunity," Peterman said. "Always just extremely thankful to be here and to have those opportunities. Just staying ready and thankful and ready to play."
2 - Colts OC on McDermott: "One of the best coaches I've been around."**
Bills head coach Sean McDermott and Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski share a mutual respect for each other. The two crossed paths as coordinators while in Carolina.
Both Chudzinski and McDermott got their coordinator gigs in 2011 with the Panthers. Chudzinski was the OC from 2011-2012 and McDermott was the DC from 2011-2016.
"Good coach. We coached together for I believe two years in Carolina," said McDermott. "Chud's [Chudzinski] a smart, smart coach. Deserves a lot of credit for his development of Cam Newton early on in his career. He's one of the best in the NFL at what he does."
The two each received head coaching jobs after their stints in Carolina. Chudzinski was the HC in Cleveland in 2013 and later became Indianapolis' OC in 2015. After McDermott's six seasons with the Panthers he got his first HC job this year with the Bills.
The Week 14 game will be the second matchup between Chudzinski and McDermott since they worked together. In 2015, McDermott's team bested the Colts by a score of 29-26. The two will battle it out in Buffalo on Sunday.
"I know Sean McDermott from working with him. I have a lot of respect for him," said Chudzinski. "One of the best coaches I've ever been around. Buffalo's always a tough place to play for a number of reasons."
3 - Will Wolford this week's Leader of the Charge**
Former Bills offensive tackle, Will Wolford, is today's Leader of the Charge against the Colts. He'll be waving the Bills flag above the players as they storm the field before the game.
Wolford spent seven seasons (1986-1992) with the Bills. He played in 102 games, starting in all of them. The OT was a three-time Pro Bowl selection, two of those coming while in Buffalo. He played three seasons (1993-1995) with the Colts and three (1996-1998) with the Steelers. The Bills hold a special place in Wolford's heart, as that's the team he associates his career with.
"I've made a game the past five or six years in December. I always enjoy it. It's coming home," Wolford said on the John Murphy Show. "Loved living in Buffalo. I tell people all the time I might be the first guy in the south to retire and buy a spot up in Buffalo."
Wolford was a part of the premier Bills era. They went to the playoffs in his final five years in Buffalo, including three trips to the Super Bowl. In his final five seasons, the Bills tallied a record of 58-22. Sunday will be special for Wolford, as he retakes the field he once dominated.
"I think it will be emotional. There's no doubt about it. A lot of great memories," he said. "We didn't lose a lot of games coming out of that tunnel, especially the last five years I played in Buffalo. Some of my best friends I ran out of that tunnel with. I'm looking forward to it. I'm sure it'll be a special moment."
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