Bills bench QB Taylor in favor of rookie Peterman

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The Bills announced Wednesday that they made a decision to bench starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of Nathan Peterman, taking many by surprise. Head coach Sean McDermott believes Peterman gives the team the best chance of reaching that goal.

"I've been impressed with Nate's maturity as a rookie at a very early point in his career", McDermott said Wednesday. "He's certainly worked hard".

Taylor, 28, heads to the bench with a 91.4 rating, 10:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 5-4 mark as the starter. "That said, he has a lot of work to do, just like we all do", McDermott said.

While McDermott has been supportive of Taylor, he's never fully committed to the quarterback, now in his seventh season.

After consecutive losses the Buffalo Bills are on the verge of wasting their 5-2 start and missing the playoffs for the 18th straight season. He has made a significant contribution to our team, and I remain confident in Tyrod moving forward. "Obviously, I don't agree with the decision", Taylor said.

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That 47-10 loss really changed the Bills' future.

"Two tough loses back-to-back but we still sit 5-4 right now. I want to help this team succeed", Taylor added. New Orleans piled up almost 300 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns on the Bills, but Taylor completed just 9-of-18 for 56 yards and an interception before getting pulled for Peterman.

Tyrod Taylor is now Pro Football Focus' 9th ranked quarterback with a season grade of 83.0. The 23-year-old will start for the team in their upcoming matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Taylor completed just nine of 18 passes for only 56 yards with an interception, his worst statistical performance since joining the Bills, before being replaced by Peterman.

After the Bills selected Peterman in the fifth round (171st overall) of last April's National Football League draft, he quickly showed promise in spring practices and at summer training camp as a productive pocket passer. The rest of their schedule features two games against the New England Patriots, and a Week 12 road game against the Kansas City Chiefs, so winning their other four games looks mandatory to earn a Wild Card spot.