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Bills benching Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman

Tyrod Taylor

After losing to the New York Jets and being blown out by the New Orleans Saints, the Buffalo Bills have decided to make a major change to their starting lineup.

On Wednesday, Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced that he is benching quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Nathan Peterman, a fifth-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh, will start against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

McDermott said the decision to start Peterman was made on Tuesday morning. It’s unclear what changed in a 24-hour period, as the coach emphatically stated on Monday that Taylor would remain Buffalo’s starting QB going forward.

Despite losing back-to-back games, the Bills are 5-4 and still in the playoff hunt. Taylor has not been bad this season, as he has a passer rating of 91.4 and has thrown 10 touchdown passes compared to just three interceptions. He struggled against the Saints, but the entire team looked horrible and it was the first time Taylor got to play with newly-acquired wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

McDermott would not commit to naming Peterman the starter for the rest of the season, which means we could see Taylor again. After McDermott had thrown his weight behind Taylor several times this year, it’s very surprising to see him make a change.

15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 10

Sean McDermott

Week 10 saw one of the NFL’s two remaining winless teams get a much-needed victory, plus a myriad of upsets or near-upsets, and some top performances. We also saw stars and teams struggle in unexpected fashion as the playoff race really begins to heat up.

Here are the 15 biggest disappointments from NFL Week 10.

Buffalo Bills’ defense

A once-promising Bills season is headed in the completely wrong direction. Buffalo has now lost two in a row following a 5-2 start, with Sunday’s home 47-10 loss to New Orleans being a particular embarrassment. The defense was simply not up to par against the revitalized New Orleans Saints, who ran all over Buffalo’s hapless defense. New Orleans put up 482 total yards, with 298 of those yards on the ground — a remarkable total for the Saints. They also rushed for six scores. Buffalo never had a chance with the way things went for the defense.

Broncos’ special teams

The Broncos have seen their offense struggle lately and, particularly last week against Philadelphia, their defense as well. Why not add the special teams to the equation? In the first half against New England alone on Sunday night, Isaiah McKenzie muffed a punt, which led to six points. They then allowed a 103-yard kick return for a touchdown. As if that weren’t enough, a blocked punt in the second quarter set up New England for another touchdown. Denver’s special teams hasn’t been good this year, but they were more or less directly responsible for New England’s first half performance. Stopping Tom Brady is already hard enough. Beating the Patriots after making so many special teams errors is nearly impossible.

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Bills give Tyrod Taylor vote of confidence after bad performance

Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor continues to leave a lot to be desires, but the team is publicly standing by him.

Coach Sean McDermott said Monday after a 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals that Taylor retains his full confidence.

Taylor has received votes of confidence before, and we’ve seen plenty of moments where these declarations prove to be rather empty and meaningless. The quarterback threw 37 passes on Sunday for only 166 yards, an extremely disappointing tally. Still, the team is tied for first place even with performances like this one. They’ll likely choose to avoid rocking the boat as long as they’re doing well enough.

Bills sticking with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback

Tyrod Taylor

The Buffalo Bills have no plans to change quarterback despite ongoing struggles.

Coach Sean McDermott, after seemingly wavering a bit with his initial comments, gave another endorsement of Taylor as his quarterback after 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers look to have one of the league’s better defenses, and Taylor doesn’t have a lot of weapons around him. Given all the offseason rumors, it’s safe to say that the organization isn’t completely married to Taylor, but throwing rookie fifth-round pick Nathan Peterman into the fire probably isn’t something they want to do either.

Tyrod Taylor clears concussion protocol, will start against Jets

Tyrod Taylor

The Buffalo Bills will have their starting quarterback for their Week 1 game against the New York Jets, as Tyrod Taylor has officially cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott delivered the news while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.

Taylor left Buffalo’s third preseason game with a concussion after his head hit the turf on a sack. He returned to practice on a limited basis Monday, but he still had not been cleared by an independent neurologist at that time. Taylor has obviously since gotten clearance.

Expectations for the Bills heading into 2017 are not very high, though they have a good chance to get off to a strong start. The Jets are widely expected to be the worst team in football this season.

Tyrod Taylor in concussion protocol, may miss season opener

Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol and may miss the team’s season opener on Sunday.

Coach Sean McDermott admitted that Taylor’s status is “up in the air” for the Week 1 tilt against the New York Jets.

It has been over a week since Taylor was knocked out of the team’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, and it’s not a good sign for his status that he’s still in question. Rookie Nathan Peterman would get the nod if Taylor isn’t cleared in time for Sunday’s game.

Tyrod Taylor knocked out of preseason game with concussion

Tyrod Taylor

Some disgruntled Bills fans have been calling for the team to start rookie Nathan Peterman, a fifth-round pick from Pittsburgh, at quarterback. Peterman has turned heads in the preseason, but for now the top spot appears firmly in Tyrod Taylor’s hands.

Taylor, however, was knocked out of Buffalo’s preseason game against Baltimore Saturday with a concussion. He took the hit from Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon on Buffalo’s second offensive series. See video of the third-down play below.

Peterman stepped in to replace Taylor. Taylor, the former Virginia Tech standout, finished the game 1 for 3 for 1 yard in his return to Baltimore.

This is the latest in a string this weekend of key contributors getting hurt. The Patriots’ Julian Edelman and Chiefs’ Spencer Ware both suffered knee injuries Friday.