Nathan Peterman

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/1/19

Here are the New Year’s Day reserve/futures contract decisions:

Cincinnati Bengals

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Detroit Lions

Miami Dolphins

Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers

Raiders Sign Nathan Peterman

The Raiders have signed quarterback Nathan Peterman to the practice squad, as Ian Rapoport of tweets. Peterman will serve as the team’s scout team quarterback as new father A.J. McCarron welcomes his new baby boy at the hospital. 

Peterman, a 2017 fifth-round pick of the Bills, was horrendous in his two starts for Buffalo this season. Heading into that draft, some evaluators were high on the Pittsburgh product, and then-ESPN analyst Jon Gruden was one of his most ardent supporters.

So far, Peterman has done little to inspire confidence. He has a career 52.3% completion rate across eight games and advanced metrics indicate that his 2018 performance is among the worst in modern NFL history when adjusted for scale.

It doesn’t sound like Peterman will see the field in the Raiders’ final two games, but if he impresses in practice, he could be a candidate for a reserve/futures deal in the New Year.

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Raiders To Work Out Nathan Peterman

The Raiders will work out quarterback Nathan Peterman, according to Ryan Talbot of New York Upstate (Twitter link). Head coach Jon Gruden was high on Peterman in the lead up to the 2017 draft, so Gruden might not need much convincing to sign him. 

Peterman is ready to walk in and be a contributor,” Gruden wrote for ESPN in April of 2017. “He just looks like a pro quarterback — coming out of the huddle, running an offense with different formations, shifting, motioning, different patterns that other colleges don’t run. Peterman will recognize route combinations and associate formations.”

Gruden went on to predict that Peterman could “get in a huddle from day one and look at ten grown men and tell them where to go and what to do and handle a versatile snap count.” So far, that hasn’t been the case. The 24-year-old was released by the Bills earlier this year after posting arguably the worst results of any quarterback in NFL history.

Pro Football Reference’ “indexed” statistics, which adjust for era, allow us to contrast Peterman’s performance in today’s pass-happy league versus the bygone eras of run-based offenses and defense-dominated games. The results aren’t pretty. The adjusted numbers show that Peterman is dead last among all quarterbacks since 1970 in passer rating, yards per attempt, interception percentage, and numerous other passing statistics.

Still, the Lions, BroncosBucs, and Raiders are all at least a little curious about the Pittsburgh product. Given Gruden’s friction with starter Derek Carr, this is an audition to keep an eye on.

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Bucs Work Out QBs Jones, Peterman

The Buccaneers have three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, but none of their passers’ statuses with the team are guaranteed beyond this season.

Tampa Bay worked out Landry Jones and Nathan Peterman on Tuesday, Sirius XM Radio’s Adam Caplan tweets. Wide receivers Devin Smith and Bradley Marquez were also among the players who took part in Tuesday’s tryout.

The first day teams can sign players to reserve/futures contracts is New Year’s Eve, so teams will be looking for possible adds. While Jones would not profile as a developmental project, having been a backup for several years, Peterman would.

Despite his struggles when called upon in a two-year career, Peterman has now worked out for three teams. Prior to his Bucs audition, the Lions and Broncos brought him in. Other teams may have their eye on Peterman for a futures deal, with The Athletic’s Greg Auman noting (via Twitter) the former fifth-round pick has other workouts scheduled.

Ben Roethlisberger‘s backup for a few seasons, Jones saw the Steelers go with Joshua Dobbs and rookie Mason Rudolph this year. Jones landed with the Jaguars, but the stay was brief. He also worked out for the Redskins, Bills, 49ers, Patriots and Cowboys this year.

Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s contract expires at season’s end, and the Bucs can part ways with Jameis Winston free of charge as long as he passes the fifth-year option physical. It’s not certain Tampa Bay will jettison Winston, but the expected new coaching staff may not be too keen on the embattled and often erratic passer being around on a $20MM salary. Third-stringer Ryan Griffin is also a free agent at season’s end.

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Broncos To Work Out QB Nathan Peterman

The Broncos are planning to workout former Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman early next week, according to Ryan Talbot of New York Upstate (Twitter link).

Denver currently has only two quarterbacks on its roster: starter Case Keenum and backup Kevin Hogan. The Broncos also have another signal-caller — former Saint Garrett Grayson — on their practice squad. None of those passers are necessarily in danger of losing their job, as Peterman is simply part of a large group of free agents Denver will look at in advance of signing players to offseason futures contracts, tweets Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.

Peterman, 24, was released by the Bills earlier this year after posting arguably the worst results of any quarterback in NFL history. Pro Football Reference produces “indexed” statistics which adjust for era, therefore allowing for comparison between players in today’s pass-happy league and –for example — those who starred in 1980s run-based offenses. By those indexed metrics, Peterman is dead last among all quarterbacks since 1970 in passer rating, yards per attempt, interception percentage, and numerous other passing statistics.

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Lions Work Out QB Nathan Peterman

Nathan Peterman‘s brutal Bills outings did not dissuade the Lions from taking a look at the now-free agent quarterback.

Detroit worked out the second-year passer, Field Yates of tweets. This is Peterman’s first workout since the Bills waived him this week.

The Bills signed both Derek Anderson and Matt Barkley this season, doing so because of Josh Allen‘s injury and Peterman’s inability to give the team manageable starts. Peterman made two starts for the Bills this season. Both ended in blowout losses.

This season, Peterman has a 6.5 Total QBR and has thrown one touchdown pass compared to seven interceptions. This work sample came a year after the 2017 fifth-round pick’s infamous five-interception outing against the Chargers.

The Lions have Matthew Stafford and Matt Cassel on their active roster and Jake Rudock on their practice squad.

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Bills Release Nathan Peterman

The Bills have released quarterback Nathan Peterman, the team announced on Twitter. It’s the end of a tumultuous era in Buffalo, as the 2017 fifth round pick became the subject of intense fan and media criticism.

The news comes on the heels of Matt Barkley’s strong performance this past Sunday, and is a sign that rookie Josh Allen will be ready to return once the team returns from their bye week. Peterman won a three-way training camp battle that included Allen and A.J. McCarron, but didn’t make it even a full game as the starter. He was benched in the opener and the team immediately turned to Allen.

Allen injured his elbow against the Texans, and Peterman threw a game-losing pick-six when he came on in relief. After reportedly facing internal pressure from players, the team turned to Derek Anderson as its starter, but Anderson was quickly injured himself.

The team went back to Peterman two weeks ago for their game against the Bears, and it was disastrous. Peterman threw for just 188 yards on 49 attempts, and threw three interceptions. The team was once very high on Peterman, even benching Tyrod Taylor for him at one point last year, but he’ll be looking for a new team now.


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Bills To Start Derek Anderson

For the first time since 2016, Derek Anderson will start an NFL game. On Wednesday, Bills coach Sean McDermott announced that the veteran quarterback will get the nod over Nathan Peterman when the Bills face the Colts on Sunday. 

Starter Josh Allen is out with an elbow injury, but he will not require major surgery and is considered week-to-week. The Bills turned to Peterman after Allen went down against the Texans, but he did not inspire confidence after yet another spotty performance. The Bills were quietly excited about the 2017 fifth-round pick last year, but they have little incentive to start him now.

Peterman has now occupied every possible spot on the Bills’ QB depth chart this season. The Pittsburgh product was set to be the club’s No. 2 QB behind A.J. McCarron and ahead of Allen, but September’s surprising trade propelled him to the top job. Peterman was atrocious in the season opener, however, and quickly ceded the starting gig to Allen. This week, he was primed to re-take the first-string assignment, but the newly-acquired Anderson has received the nod, despite having been in Buffalo for just over one week.

Anderson has 76 career NFL appearances under his belt, though he has not seen consistent action since his 2010 campaign with the Cardinals. He went just 2-7 that year, but he did lead the 2007 Browns to a 10-5 record in 15 starts en route to his only Pro Bowl nod.

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Bills Notes: Allen, McCoy, Staff, CBs

Despite the quarterback battle between Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen being close during the preseason, the Bills did not want their No. 7 overall pick to have to play so soon. They hoped Peterman would keep the job “for a while” while Allen learned, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. However, after Peterman’s 0.0 passer rating against the Ravens, little debate ensued about making the move to the rookie for Week 2.

You wish you had more to go on than just the three starts, and it might be different if this was a veteran with a five-year body of work,” a Bills source told La Canfora, recalling Peterman’s five-interception start against the Chargers last season. “But you don’t have anything else to go on, and after it happens a second time you can’t just write it off as an anomaly.”

Allen is now the starter, but La Canfora reports the Bills remain on the lookout for quarterbacks — via the waiver wire and on other teams’ depth charts. However, as for their QB1 job, it’s Allen’s. Sean McDermott confirmed as much Monday (via Joe Buscaglia of WKBW, on Twitter). Citing the Wyoming product’s intellect, the Bills did not envision their draft prize sitting an entire season like some expected, per Ian Rapoport of (video link). In his first start, a loss to the Chargers, Allen completed 18 of 33 passes for 245 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Here’s the latest from Buffalo:

  • Allen may not have LeSean McCoy available to take handoffs in Week 3. The former All-Pro running back cracked rib cartilage against the Chargers, Adam Schefter of tweets, adding McCoy will be questionable to face Vikings. Worries existed this injury indeed was cracked ribs, per Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter), who adds this injury won’t be classified as a fracture. Chris Ivory resides as Buffalo’s backup running back.
  • McDermott took over play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier mid-game, he confirmed after the Bills’ loss to the Chargers. “I just thought we needed a spark and that’s my background,” McDermott said. Frazier said during his tenure he and McDermott have worked collaboratively, per Mike Rodak of (on Twitter).
  • Vontae Davis‘ mid-game retirement obviously caught the Bills by surprise, and it’s final. McDermott will not be reaching out to the cornerback, who signed with the Bills this offseason. “I have not been in touch with Vontae today,” McDermott said (via Buscaglia, on Twitter). “His actions were loud and clear. My focus is on my team right now.”
  • Despite the 30-year-old corner retiring, the Bills received a roster exemption for Davis, Rapoport tweets. It’s a left-squad designation, per NFL reporter Howard Balzer (Twitter link).
  • Phillip Gaines will now be counted on to start opposite Tre’Davious White, but he’s encountered some injury trouble. Gaines dislocated one of his elbows, Mike Rodak of tweets. That may not stop him from playing in Week 3, but it’s a concern at this point, per Rodak. After a shaky stay with the Chiefs, Gaines joined Davis in signing with the Bills this offseason. The Bills have fourth-round rookie Taron Johnson and third-year player Lafayette Pitts on their roster. With Davis gone and Gaines injured, Buffalo has three available corners at this moment.

Nathan Peterman To Start Week 1 For Bills

After trading away A.J. McCarron to the Raiders, the Bills’ quarterback competition was down to two. Nathan Peterman has prevailed over Josh Allen for now, as the team announced Peterman will start Week 1 against the Ravens.

Peterman, a fifth round pick last year, struggled heavily in limited regular season action in 2017. But the Pittsburgh product was excellent this preseason, and performed well enough to stave off the start of the Allen-era, at least temporarily. While Allen will almost surely take over the job at some point, the team apparently decided he wasn’t ready. Allen’s preseason was a mixed bag, his potential was clear as ever, but he wasn’t always consistent.

The Bills’ schedule to start the season very likely has something to do with the decision to start Peterman. The first three weeks of the season, they play the Ravens, Chargers, and Vikings. That’s a tough slate of defenses for any quarterback to face, let alone a rookie making his first career starts, so it makes sense why they’d want Allen to avoid that.

The Bills traded Tyrod Taylor to the Browns this spring, all but confirming they planned to take a quarterback in the first round of the 2018 draft. The team used significant draft capital to move up to number seven overall to select Allen, and even if Peterman plays reasonably well, it’s only a matter of time before Allen is under center in Buffalo.

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