Peterman signed a reserve/future contract with the Raiders on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Peterman's struggles with the Bills over the last two years have been well-documented with just three touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions in eight games. Josh Allen is the clear future for Buffalo and Matt Barkley will be a serviceable backup, so the Bills cut Peterman in November. According to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, coach Jon Gruden likes Peterman's athleticism and sees a chance to reinvent him. "Hopefully, we can take him into the offseason program. See if we can restart him and get him going," Gruden said. Peterman will battle AJ McCarron to be Derek Carr's backup in 2019.
The Bills waived Peterman on Monday. Peterman was horrendous in eight spot appearances during his two-year tenure in Buffalo, posting a completion percentage of 52.3, interception rate of 9.2 percent and three touchdowns on 130 career passes. With the impressive showing from Matt Barkley on Sunday against the Jets and the expected return to health of Josh Allen (elbow) in Week 12 following a bye week, Peterman was on precarious footing. The Bills made the logical move with their 53-man roster, even if it meant admitting defeat with the development of the 2017 fifth-round pick.
Head coach Sean McDermott would not commit to Peterman starting Sunday against the Jets in the event that Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) cannot play, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports. Anderson has already been ruled out for Week 10, so he will not be an option for the Bills this week. Allen has not played in almost a month, and although he will get three days of practice in this week, he is not a lock to play, either. That would put Peterman in line for another start, but McDermott's comments at his Friday morning press conference leave the door open for Matt Barkley to start if Allen ultimately is ruled out as well. Expect more details on the Bills' quarterback situation to emerge in the near future.
Peterman completed 31 of 49 passes for 189 yards and three interceptions while rushing eight times for 46 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-9 home loss to the Bears. Peterman continued to build his case for the worst passer of all time, tossing another pick-six among his three interceptions to bring his career touchdown to interception ratio to 3:12. His line would have looked even worse if not for a one-yard rushing score with his team down 34-3 in the fourth quarter. Up next for the Bills is a Week 10 matchup with the Jets, and they'll certainly be hoping to have at least one of Josh Allen (elbow) or Derek Anderson (concussion) back by then.
Peterman's chances of starting Sunday against the Bears seemed to improve Wednesday after Derek Anderson (concussion) missed practice and Josh Allen (elbow) was officially ruled out for Week 9. While Adam Schefter of ESPN already reported that Anderson won't start this week, the Bills haven't publicly confirmed the news yet even though everything seems to point in that direction. The team also signed journeyman quarterback Matt Barkley on Wednesday, a pretty clear indication they're rolling with two healthy options for Sunday with Allen out and Anderson unlikely to play. If Peterman has another bad game, the national media will certainly have another field day at his expense since he's already tossed 10 interceptions on a mere 85 attempts between regular-season and postseason action. An optimist would say this will be a good final chance to see if Peterman truly does have NFL chops, something he displayed during the preseason. The pessimist would wonder aloud if the team's two best healthy quarterback options don't even play that position for the team, between tight end Logan Thomas and newly signed wideout Terrelle Pryor.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Kansas City Chiefs||23||21.67|
|7||10/20||@Green Bay Packers||22||21.25|
|10||11/08||Los Angeles Chargers||8||16.89|
|12||11/24||@New York Jets||27||22.38|
|13||12/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||21.67|
|16||12/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||16.89|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||52.3||274||2||6||36||0||13|