Archives for September 1, 2017
'"I think it's bigger than that," coach Sean McDermott said of Peterman making his case as a potential opening-day starter if needed. "It's developing a young player, regardless of what position. We wanted to get him out there and give him a good look in a couple of series, and I thought he did a good job."'
'"All I can do is my part and let the chips fall where they may," Jefferson said. "It's in God's hands now."'
'What can you say when the most pressing issue heading into the exhibition finale was whether rookie Nathan Peterman would see any action at quarterback? The thinking was, the Bills might not risk Peterman getting hurt with Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates in the concussion protocol.'
'Wenning completed five of his 15 attempts for 41 yards in Buffalo's 27-17 victory. The performance will be recalled alongside those of Jordan Palmer (four days with Buffalo in 2014) and Matt Leinart (five days with Buffalo in 2013).'
'Asked if it’s possible Taylor could start without practicing, McDermott said: “We’ll see. We’ll cross that road when we come to it. A long time between now and game week. It can be tricky, you’ve got all different types of situations out there. And so we evaluate those on an individual basis.”'
'The fourth-year veteran had to be helped off the field and into the locker room following a head-to-head collision with another player on the final play of the first quarter with the Bills up 10-0 on the Detroit Lions.'
'I thought he was sharp. He moved the offense. I liked what he did. They got into a rhythm. I thought [Rick Dennison] did a good job. We mixed in some runs, a good blend of runs and passes, stayed pretty balanced and we were able to get points on the first drive, which was important.'
'Reid, now coach of the Kansas City Chiefs: "You could just tell by how he handled himself that he was destined for great things. I love the kid. I love him to death. He's a great person. I care for him a lot."'
'I’ve said this going all the way back to the third day of the draft: I liked the Peterman pick, and he’s not disappointing me. Again, he’s playing with mostly scrubs, against mostly scrubs, but you can tell the kid knows what he’s doing, that he has a good feel for the game, and in a short passing game such as this one under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, he can have success.'
'Wide receiver (6): Zay Jones, Jordan Matthews, Brandon Tate, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, and Daikiel Shorts. What a mess. Jones and Matthews (if healthy) will start opening day, and after that, it’s anyone’s guess who might play. I have Streater making it, assuming he can get back soon from his toe injury. If he can’t, he’ll either go on IR or be waived. Holmes has done nothing impressive, but he’s a veteran with experience, which the Bills need. Tate makes it only for his return ability, and Shorts is a stab in the dark. If not him, maybe Brandon Reilly or Dez Lewis are kept.'
'Holmes has done nothing and seems expendable even with the Bills’ mostly-anonymous receiving corps. Davis wouldn’t necessarily be missed with Eddie Yarbrough, waived last year by Denver, having impressed since training camp began. And if Mike Tolbert, the 31-year-old 5-foot-9, 250-pound veteran, was moved to fullback, the Bills might be willing to part with DiMarco. Ducasse, though, has been battling John Miller for the starting right guard job.'
'"I think the biggest thing for a quarterback is confidence," Peterman said. "With how the draft went and all that stuff, I definitely had a chip on my shoulder. I've always had the same confidence in myself and believe what I can do. Then I just see what other people think about it."'
'The Bills' wide receiver depth chart is in rough shape at the moment. The Bills could cut Andre Holmes if they want to work toward getting a compensatory pick. They will probably keep him on Saturday, but when waivers open up on Sunday a few of these wide receivers should feel uneasy.'
'Tight end will be a big part of the Bills' offense this season. All three players could contribute this season.'
'"I'll definitely be out there," Matthews said. "For sure. If we had a game and we just had to go play, had to go win, I could be out there with my teammates now. Definitely, we want to make sure we're smart about it. Coach has been doing a great job protecting me. The DBs have been, too, in practice. Definitely for week 1, Sept. 10, we'll be ready."'
'"I think he's good, man," Matthews said. "We call him 'Sauce.' He's got a lot of stuff in him. Not only did he go out there and make a lot of catches, but then he went and made a tackle on kickoff return. That's the type of guys you really want in your locker room, a guy want around the team. He's been catching everything in camp. I'm definitely one of his biggest fans so far."'
'"Obviously the rules are the rules with concussion protocol," Beane said. "I stay in my lane. We'll let the medical people handle both T.J. (Yates) and Tyrod. I feel good about it. I've seen Tyrod, talked to him. I think from a layman's perspective, he seems like he's doing well. I feel like he in his mind is on track and ready to play that Week 1. If he's out there, he's the guy we want. He's the starter. He's got a lot of starts in this league and we're looking forward to him leading us out."'
'"You know what, I wasn't here technically when he was picked," Beane said. "I did follow him. We thought well of him scouting him in Carolina. When I got here, he is better than I expected. The one thing you try to investigate and we only did so much research there, so I didn't know all the intangibles. This guy has the moxie, the pocket presence, the leadership. You see him talk to veteran players, young players, guys of different ranks. Everything. He seems to be natural. They seem to attract. That's what you're looking for in leaders and we know how important the quarterback position is and he's got a lot of that." '
'Williams spent last season with the Miami Dolphins but is currently a free agent. He signed a free-agent contract with the Bills in 2012. The contract was a six-year deal that could have been worth up to $100 million and it carried with it $50 million in guaranteed salary. Williams spent only four seasons with the Bills but had 43 sacks in that span.'
'Cordy’s back: After an injury caused him to receive a shot in his foot and plenty of rest, left tackle Cordy Glenn saw playing time against the Lions for the first time this preseason. Glenn played the first two series of the game, which is when some of the offensive starters played. However, most did not. Nathan Peterman (9-for-11, 81 yards) played those first two series before Keith Wenning (5-for-15, 41 yards) took over for the rest of the game. Back to Glenn, a good sign for him.'
'Sorry Keith. Wenning isn’t a surprise, but what will be a surprise over the next week-and-a-half is the injury status of Taylor. Rookie Nathan Peterman will start opening day against the Jets if Taylor does not fully recover from a concussion. The biggest storyline during the week ahead.'
'"I was proud of the way he handled the offense tonight and the game, and the situations he was in," McDermott said. "It's important that we bring him along and do the right things."'
'Journeyman Keith Wenning was 5 of 15 passing for 41 yards for Buffalo. Before Wenning was signed Monday, Peterman was the Bills' only healthy quarterback, with starter Tyrod Taylor and backup T.J. Yates in concussion protocol. Through the first three preseason games, Peterman completed 50 percent of his passes for 372 yards.'
'Thursday was a night where many of the Bills' depth players were looking to make a name for themselves before Saturday's league-wide roster cuts. The Bills' roster currently sits at 83 players, and will need to be trimmed down to 53-players by Saturday at 4 p.m.'
'The rookie has looked decent this preseason. But he looked really good Thursday night. Peterman went 9-for-11 for 81 yards, but once again showed plenty of poise and very good decision making. He also ran a couple times, using his feet and athleticism wisely. The only poor throw he made was one that went slightly behind TE Nick O'Leary in the red zone. Otherwise, Peterman made some very good, NFL throws. Head Coach Sean McDermott reiterated in the locker room after the game that Tyrod Taylor is still the team’s starting signal-caller. But if for some reason he could not play week one against the Jets, Peterman at least showed he's capable of running an offense and giving it a chance to compete. Heck, he even used the hard count right, drawing the Lions offsides twice.'
'Joe Banyard was busy once Williams left the game, finishing the night with 68 yards on 14 attempts. Banyard added a one-yard touchdown in the third quarter.'
'With Jordan Matthews looking like he’s nearing a return to action, the Bills have enough room to keep six on this roster. And with that final spot, I think it came down to Brandon Reilly against Daikiel Shorts and Philly Brown.'
'Long story short, Dareus better buy in, because if he doesn’t, the Bills’ current decision makers do not appear to be the type to bluff.'
'Game-goers should also be aware that Big Tree Road will have eastbound traffic starting at 10 p.m. from Fieldhouse Drive to Route 219.'
'Reserve offensive tackle Michael Ola suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return. Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy left at the end of the first quarter after going helmet-to-helmet with a teammate as he went for a tackle. He left the game and was being evaluated for head injury.'
'Despite the fact that most of the defensive starters were sitting, Buffalo held Detroit’s offense to 93 total net yards in the first half. They also forced a pair of turnovers, which were converted into 10 points by the offense.'
'Glenn did not go the entire first series. He went seven plays and then came off before the offensive unit finished with a field goal on the drive. He returned for offense’s second possession before his night was over.'
'Hughes said he’s been in constant contact with his family, making sure that they are safe and dry as the flood waters continue to rise. Hughes said for this reason he wanted to do his part, to ensure that as many people as possible could be kept safe. He did that by making a $50,000 donation to the relief fund.'
'It’s been a battle since the end of offseason workouts for the Buffalo Bills. All throughout mandatory minicamp, training camp, the practices at One Bills Drive, and all three preseason games, the Bills have split the reps at right guard pretty evenly between John Miller and Vladimir Ducasse. Through the first two games, Miller was the starter while Ducasse started in Baltimore.'
'Jacob Lindsey: The Harvard product offers position flexibility at linebacker. He lined up at middle backer in the spring before moving outside for most of camp. He has to demonstrate an ability to make plays on special teams knowing he’s likely one of four or five players battling for the last linebacker spot on the roster.'