Standing at the podium Monday afternoon, Bills head coach Sean McDermott was asked how likely it would be to keep four quarterbacks on the roster.
“Yeah, we’ll see,” he said. “Those are conversations that Brandon (Beane) and I will have this week, along with other positions.”
Three questions later, he was asked about his confidence level in Nathan Peterman.
“I’m still confident in Nate,” McDermott added. “I thought, just like the question with Josh in a separate way, also an important way, that Nate had a front frow seat to watch Matt (Barkley) come in and handle the offense and do what he did.”
By Monday evening, the Bills announced that Peterman was gone.
The 2017 fifth round pick had one of the most unfortunate careers in pro football history.
He has thrown as many touchdown passes to the Bills as he has to opponents (three career pick-sixes). He was the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to throw 11 interceptions in his first 100 attempts.
He started four games, but only finished one of them.
McDermott started Peterman as a rookie in the midst of playoff race last season. In his debut, he tossed five interceptions in the first half against the Chargers.
He was later forced into his second start because of an injury to Tyrod Taylor for the infamous snow game against the Colts. Peterman threw a touchdown pass to give the Bills a lead, but left due to a concussion in the second half. Officially, it’s Peterman’s only win as an NFL quarterback, but Joe Webb was the hero thanks to a deep ball in overtime that set up the winning TD.
A concussion got Peterman a chance to rally the Bills in their first playoff game this millennium, but that ended in another interception.
Peterman beat out AJ McCarron and rookie Josh Allen to win the starting job to being 2018, but was benched less than three quarters into the season after throwing for 24 yards and two interceptions in the opener against Baltimore.
In relief duty of Allen, who left their Week 6 game in Houston with an elbow injury, Peterman threw a touchdown pass to Zay Jones to give Buffalo the lead in the fourth quarter. He then threw two interceptions, including a tiebreaking pick six, in the final minutes of a 20-13 loss.
Peterman’s final start came two Sunday’s ago against the Bears. He added three interceptions and another pick-six to his tally, but two of the INTs came off the hands of Buffalo receivers.
In all, Peterman played in eight games for the Bills. He passed for 548 yards, three touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
The Bills can still re-sign him to their practice squad.