Here's the Bills news of note for Sept. 5th.
1 - Webb brings a lot to the table
With uncertainty at the quarterback position heading into Week One the Bills have signed veteran Joe Webb. He's most commonly known for his role as a backup quarterback, serving as the third-string behind Cam Newton and Derek Anderson for the past three seasons in Carolina.Webb will offer a lot of flexibility for the Bills, whether it's playing wide receiver, or returning punts and kicks. He is more than happy playing a diverse role, and that's the reason he's still in the National Football League at the age of 30.
It will be interesting come Sunday to see who will be under center for the Bills. Hypothetically speaking, if Taylor and Yates aren't ready to go, it will be Peterman starting and Webb serving as the backup for the home opener. How quickly Webb will be worked into the game plan remains to be seen, but don't be surprised if you see number 14 on the field elsewhere as the season moves along.
"You'll have to see on Sunday. I'll be prepared to play any position and I'm going to be squared away and ready to go," Webb said.
Webb has some history with Buffalo, his NFL debut came against the Bills on Dec. 5, 2010. To make room on the 53-man roster the Bills released S Colt Anderson.
2. Kaelin Clay 100 percent committed to the Bills
Cue another former Carolina Panther being added to the Bills roster, this has been a pretty familiar site, being that both coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane were in Carolina prior to coming to Buffalo this season.
Clay, 25, was selected in the sixth-round of the 2015 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 5-10, 195-pound receiver is ready to embrace any role necessary with the Bills.
"An opportunity to go out there and showcase my talent… special teams, receiver, I'm here, I'm 100 percent committed to this team, and ready to get after it," Clay said.
Clay put together a solid preseason, reeling in five catches for 116 yards. Coach McDermott and the Bills front office were aware of Clay's potential well before he was added to their roster.
"With respect to Kaelin, he had a good preseason. We've kept a close eye on him and what he did down there in Carolina. Thought he had a nice preseason and for us, we felt like there was a need at the position and he fit that need," McDermott said.
Clay is a guy with 4.45 speed, we'll see how that translates Sunday at New Era Field if he's active.
3. Peterman learning under veteran quarterbacks
With Taylor and Yates still in the concussion protocol, who knows what Peterman's role will be come Sunday. Despite being banged up, the quarterbacks are still supporting the rookie in the developmental stage of his career.
"He (Taylor) helped me a lot (Monday), just talking about reads that he was dealing with and I was dealing with," said Peterman. "I think that's what you want the quarterback position, the quarterback room to be like. All of the guys, T.J., even Joe, all coming in and helping out and bouncing things off of each other."
Peterman played a solid amount in the preseason. He worked with the first team offense against the Detroit Lions and put his talents on display. Whether it was completing passes or rolling out of the pocket, Peterman showed some encouraging potential.
"He is ready. When you look at what he's done throughout the preseason, I'm confident and we're extremely confident in Nathan. I expect that he's only going to continue to get better, just like all of young players, all of our players as a matter of fact," McDermott said. "That's what this is about. This is about development in terms of a young player."