Tyrod Taylor was just horrible in the preseason for the Buffalo Bills, doing little to prove his critics as a starting caliber quarterback in this league wrong. Taylor started with a lackluster performance against a solid Minnesota Vikings defense going 5 of 8 for just 46 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. Although this performance didn’t really worry the coaches or fans, Taylor followed that up with an 8 of 18, two interception performance against a bad Philadelphia Eagles defense. The Eagles should’ve had about five interceptions too, with Taylor throwing into heavy coverage multiple times.
Tyrod Taylor just hasn’t showed the ability to make the routine throws throughout his career. He makes spectacular plays in which Taylor tricks you to thinking he’s this Michael Vick-esque, amazing to watch player.
His athleticism is off the charts, but he regularly runs himself into sacks, leading the league in that category last season. Taylor has a great long ball, but he regularly misses open receivers across the middle of the field, and struggles fitting passes into tight windows at big moments in games.
Taylor’s tendency to tuck the ball and run when he’s out of the pocket rather than hitting receivers open downfield is a huge problem with his game. Players like Charles Clay in particular are having their stats hurt due to Taylor’s inability to find the open guys and read the field effectively. Now that Taylor is day-to-day with a concussion he suffered early on in Week 3 of the preseason, the next man-up is rookie 5th round pick Nathan Peterman from University of Pittsburgh and here’s my argument for him to remain as the starter for Buffalo for not just Week 1 but the entire season.
Why Nathan Peterman is the Bills best option for 2017:
If Bills management continues to take steps toward tanking this season in hopes of a high return from multiple draft picks next season, why would they not start Nathan Peterman? A young guy who was called by several scouts as the most NFL-ready QB in this draft, after watching his college tape it appears he has a lot of potential.
Peterman is a guy that has great vision, and goes through his full progressions every down to make the most of each play. Peterman has natural accuracy, and has the ability to throw receivers open if need be, with incredible anticipation and ability to force the ball into tight windows on all three levels of a defense. Also, he actually is relatively athletic, and has the ability to extend drives with his legs if need be. Deep ball is also a place Peterman thrives, as he had a 46.2 completion rate on throws of 25 yards or longer in his last two seasons at Pittsburgh.
One place where Nathan Peterman does have a question mark is if he has the arm strength to continue to fit the ball into tight windows at the faster NFL level. There were times in his senior season where Peterman was caught floating his throws into some seams and slants, and corners were able to cut the routes to pick him off or knock it away, so he needs to be more consistent fitting the ball into these tight windows across the middle of the field.
What GM Brandon Beane and HC Sean McDermott have shown from this offseason is that nobody from Rex Ryan and Doug Whaley’s tenure in Buffalo is safe. So as it seems they’re preparing for a stacked 2018 QB class, if they start Peterman to see what they have in him and he ends up being a solid player, then they can use all those picks they have to build in other places like wide receiver or defensive back where they are also thin at this point. Peterman did show flashes of his potential throughout the preseason, and if I was the Bills coaching staff I would want to see what he can do in a real game.
Even if Taylor does end up starting, if the team finds themselves at 2-5 heading into Week 8, what stops McDermott from starting Nathan Peterman? This will be the number one story to watch throughout the Buffalo Bills season after Taylor’s lackluster preseason.