1. Peterman’s minicamp success is fool’s gold
Admittedly, I was one of the early adopters of the Nathan Peterman bandwagon. I bought in that his strong collegiate numbers at Pitt, cerebral nature (fact: he has an MBA) and hardworking attitude would be an ideal fit for the Bills. Heck, he even beat Deshaun Watson’s powerful Clemson team with a glorious five touchdown, zero interception performance.
Upon falling to the Bills as a fifth round steal, the rookie showed flashes of promise in both training camp and preseason. It was only a matter of time that he would supplant ultra-conservative incumbent Tyrod Taylor as the team’s quarterback.
Well, we all know what happened Week 11 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
And here we are. The Bills’ 2018 minicamp is officially in the books, with Peterman again being one of the stars of the show. WGR 550’s Sal Capaccio was one of many reporters that the sophomore signal caller had impressed.
Yes, Peterman did register the best passing statistics of his quarterback competition at camp, and did so mostly against the Bills first-team defense. I, for one, am taking this as nothing more than fool’s gold.
The concern is that Peterman has shown, albeit in a small sample size, a level of discomfort in game-time situations that is unbecoming of any legitimate starting NFL quarterback. From a historically awful five interception game, to clumsily leaving himself susceptible to a concussion with only one healthy quarterback behind him on the depth chart, to looking like a deer in the headlights when being pressed into action for the team’s first playoff game in 18 years. Peterman has looked shook.
With that said, starting him Week 1 against the Ravens does not bode well for starting the season off strong. While I do think Peterman may be able to fill in for the Bills in a pinch here and there, having him under center Week 1 is a bad omen altogether.