In all likelihood the Bills will be adding a quarterback to their roster sooner rather than later. They have a vacant roster spot to do so. But until a signing is made, rookie Nate Peterman is all Buffalo has in terms of a healthy quarterback.
For Peterman it made for a bit of an awkward situation Sunday at practice.
"I think they had me pretty good, outnumbered three to one, with the coaches," said Peterman smiling. "Definitely different, being a little ghost town out there. I missed Tyrod and T.J. both. We have a good time out there. So hopefully they'll get back quick."
Both Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates are in the concussion protocol after both sustained concussions in the preseason game at Baltimore.
Head coach Sean McDermott said he and GM Brandon Beane were weighing the available free agent options at quarterback.
Peterman said Sunday's practice session was trimmed back in terms of the number of passes knowing the rookie was the only available arm. The last thing they need is an overworked arm on their only healthy signal caller. But more time on the field is valuable for the young quarterback.
"I got all of the reps (Sunday), so that's helpful for me," Peterman said. "The more reps I can get, the more ways I can see a live defense against our plays, and how they react, especially against a one-defense, where they react pretty fast. I think it was helpful for me."
No one is sure when or if Taylor and Yates will be ready for the regular season, but Peterman knows his focus has to be on getting himself ready. Not only for the preseason finale, but potentially for the regular season opener, which is just two weeks away.
"That's obviously why I'm here. It's my job to be ready," Peterman said. "I'm going to help the team as much as I can to be ready."