Bills head coach Sean McDermott indicated Thursday that he plans on having Peterman and AJ McCarron share most of the reps with the first-team offense once training camp gets underway, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
The Bills have already been using McCarron and Peterman as the primary signal-callers for the first-team offense during OTAs and minicamp, with rookie first-round pick Josh Allen seeing only mixing in occasionally with the top group. Given Buffalo's decision to trade up to the seventh overall pick to select Allen, it would be surprising if he didn't see the field at some point in 2018, but for the time being, it appears McCarron and Peterman have the edge on entering Week 1 under center. According to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com, Peterman has impressed during the spring and has outplayed McCarron in minicamp, but Peterman's dismal showing in five appearances as a rookie -- including one in relief of the since-departed Tyrod Taylor in the Bills' playoff loss to the Jaguars -- probably carries more weight with the Buffalo brass than his solid offseason program.
While coach Sean McDermott has been preaching open competition for the starting quarterback job, Peterman seems like the longest of long shots given that the Bills found AJ McCarron in free agency and then traded up to make Allen the supposed long-time franchise QB. Even if McCarron flops or the Bills take a huge step back following their first playoff season since 1999, they'd be much more prone to throw the highly regarded Allen into the fire. We can't see Peterman doing much more than serving as a No. 3 guy this season, with a chance to move up if someone else gets hurt.
Coach Sean McDermott stated last week that the starting QB job will be decided through competition, Dominic LoVallo of BuffaloBills.com reports. "We've got open competition at the position. We've got two good players at the position," McDermott said in referring to Peterman and newcomer AJ McCarron. "Two, good, young players and we're excited about both of them. Both have done a lot of winning, albeit at the college level. Both quarterbacks have a lot of room to grow and are very encouraged about the opportunity to compete to start for the Buffalo Bills."
McDermott is a fine young coach, but he's also grown a quick knack for saying things like everything is a competition and no one's job is safe, including his own. So while it makes for good coach-speak, we doubt the Bills went out and landed McCarron only so they could let a much younger QB like Peterman, who struggled last season sneak away his job in some tryout. In fact, Peterman might not even win the No. 2 job if the Bills go out and draft a highly touted quarterback with one of their two first -round picks.
There's very little chance the Bills ponied up for McCarron -- one of the last starting caliber quarterbacks available as all the dominoes fell this week -- to have him compete with Peterman for the job, so last year's fifth-rounder from Pittsburgh is for now relegated to the No. 2 spot. He could be fighting for that assignment soon too, with the Bills likely to take another quarterback early in next month's draft.
The deal won't become official until Wednesday when the new league year opens, though everybody including Taylor himself has confirmed it's a done deal. That leaves Peterman, about to be entering his second season, as the top quarterback left with the Bills, though it's almost a certainty the Bills bring in a start-able free agent with the newfound cash, or at least go after one of the top four quarterbacks in the draft. It's also possible both of those things might happen. We'd be shocked if the Bills went into 2018 with Peterman as the main guy, but the team does like the 2017 fifth-rounder and there's a decent chance he'll serve as the No. 2 guy this season.
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