Peterman will practice Monday after suffering a minor arm injury during Sunday's practice,Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
The Bills got a scare when both of their top two starters went down Sunday, but in the end both were just minor issues and Peterman and AJ McCarron are set to resume their battle to win the starting quarterback job.
Peterman will start Thursday's preseason contest against the Panthers, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Peterman has swapped first- and second-team reps with AJ McCarron during the offseason program and training camp, but the former is getting the first shot under center in exhibition action. The decision by coach Sean McDermott may not mean much in the long run if Peterman can't take advantage of the situation. That said, Peterman could very well be ahead of McCarron at this stage in the competition.
After working behind AJ McCarron for practices Wednesday and Thursday, Peterman was back with the first unit again Friday, Mitchell Courtney of the Bills' official site reports. "It was part of the plan from the beginning," said coach Sean McDermott. "Because we went red zone, we wanted to make sure that Nate [Peterman] and AJ [McCarron] had time in the red zone. If we stuck with the normal rotation, Nate [Peterman] would have gone again."
Thursday was the first time this summer that one of the two quarterbacks saw the bulk of the first-team work on consecutive days, but McDermott is now saying that was all by design. That still can't change the fact most observers say McCarron has looked better through the early part of training camp, so we'll continue to consider Peterman the No. 2 in this race, with No. 7 overall pick Josh Allen remaining the long-term answer no matter what happens.
Peterman had been flip-flopping with McCarron in terms of practicing with the first team all the way back to minicamps, so there's a chance McCarron -- who has been the favorite to win the three-man job -- has started to pull ahead. Friday's full practice session will prove more telling. If we had to pick one of the three quarterbacks (seventh overall pick Josh Allen is the other contender) to lead the team for the first drive of the regular season, it'd be McCarron, but rest assured this is still a battle and all it often takes in this type of situation is one guy having a stellar preseason game or string of practices. The team doesn't appear close to naming a concrete starter just yet.
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.
|P2||8/17/18||@ CLE||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/30/18||@ CHI||8:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/2/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|