"I felt the last two games I played in I was playing good football, putting the ball where it needed to be and making the right decisions," he said. "Keeping the ball out of harms way and we saw ourselves win against the Titans and we were in the game late against Houston. Things were just starting to slow down for me, so Im anxious to get back out there and see if that can continue. With the help of (offensive coordinator Brian) Daboll and (Derek Anderson) and the guys we have in the room I think it will."
Why is Nathan Peterman still a starting quarterback?
The Bills are in a precarious situation. On the one hand, Allen needs as many reps as possible, and he gives Buffalo the best chance to win. On the flip side, putting him behind a poor offensive line with limited weapons before hes fully healthy wouldnt be beneficial to his growth.
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The rookie said taking a step back during rehab has allowed him to get a sense of how a veteran like Anderson prepares and works as an NFL quarterback.
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"I got to see how D.A. operated. Thats a true pro right there," said Allen of Anderson. "Hes been around the league a long time. Just kind of how he controlled the walk through. How he talked to guys and inspired them to play. That and how he kind of saw things on the field, the reads he made and how quick he got to his checkdown and other small things like that."
Peterman has been ripped often for his play. The Bears scored two defensive touchdowns, including a Peterman pick-six, before the Bills even got on the board last week (hence the defensive player of the year wisecrack). Peterman, who famously threw five picks in the first half of his first start last year against the Chargers, has an impossibly low 32.5 career passer rating. George Chahrouri of Pro Football Focus noted that spiking the ball into the ground every play gives you a rating of 39.6.
It remains to be seen whether Allen will return this week against the New York Jets. With a bye to follow, Buffalo could give the rookie a couple more weeks to heal. With Anderson still in concussion protocol, however, Allen missing another game would put Nathan Peterman under center again.
Someone found the snarkiest way possible to blast Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman: by starting a GoFundMe with the title Nathan Peterman Please Retire. The photo on the page touts Peterman as defensive player of the week. Thats cruel.
Share Share Theres a double standard at the quarterback position. Nathan Peterman is the latest example. tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email If one watches even a quarter of what quarterback Nathan Peterman does, its clear he is not good at his job. Hes played four games this year for the Buffalo Bills, losing every one and throwing seven interceptions along the way. Yet, he remains the starter in Buffalo following a slew of injuries at the position. The Bills believe they are left no choice but to play Peterman, even though qualified players remain unemployed in free agency.
Peterman isnt necessarily an anomaly when it comes to extended chances being given to white quarterbacks. Black quarterbacks historically havent been offered the same room for mistakes and subsequent evolution as their white counterparts. It is commonly assumed that black players are flashy field talent — receivers, corners and tailbacks — and do not possess the skillset to lead teams and signal-call.
Peterman started Sunday against the Chicago Bears in place of the injured Derek Anderson, completing 31 passes for 188 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. It was a historic day, of sorts, as Peterman's completion mark set a record for the fewest passing yards while tallying more than 30 completions, according to Bills-centric blog Buffalo Rumblings.
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This week Peterman played for the entirety of a game for the first time in his career. He threw 49 times for less than 200 yards, notching three interceptions. Hes now thrown so many interceptions he owns the record for the most in the Super Bowl era from a player with 100 or fewer professional attempts. Following the game, Petermans lasting appearance in Buffalo was questioned by one of the last black men to play quarterback for the Bills — E.J. Manuel, a consistently maligned former first-round selection.
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I usually never open up about my situation in Buffalo, but the fact that this guy has had multiple games with 4-plus interceptions … and I still dont have a job in the league? … UNREAL, Manuel said in a now-deleted post. Say what you want about me, but never have I ever done that. Forget a learning curve, I didnt get the luxury of being able to use that as an excuse. I wonder why.
Peterman has 12 interceptions in eight games played. In 31 games, Manuel had 16. In Manuels last 16 starts he boasts 3,170 pass yards, 17 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions — numbers that are nearly identical to Dak Prescotts. At the very least, Manuel played like a NFL starting quarterback.
This isnt the only time Manuel has been vocal about the disparity. In 2016, he went further in describing the differences between black and white quarterback play. The leash isnt as long [as white quarterbacks], Manuel told SB Nation. You have to take advantage of those opportunities when you get them. People are always a little critical toward [black quarterbacks] but it comes with the territory.
The assumption was the Bills reached for a quarterback in 2013 upon selecting Manuel. He was frequently derided, a target of racist posts after losing performances. When he was eventually benched in 2017, he expressed that hed moved to a depressive state.
When I got benched, man. My confidence took a huge hit, honestly. I can speak on that very openly cause Ive gone through a lot. I think I went through a period of somewhat depression. I was very upset. I was like, Man, what is it that Im not doing?
Yet none of this is revolutionary. The American understanding of blackness under center has always been one of chance; perhaps theyll be good enough to play the position, but itll come as a surprise. Its the erroneous notion that an intellectual wall keeps the black quarterback from athletic glory.
In September, a Texas superintendent said of Deshaun Watson, When you need precision decision-making you cant count on a black quarterback. Ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft, it was commonly suggested top prospect Lamar Jackson should make the move to wide receiver, despite winning a Heisman at the quarterback position at Louisville. In Buffalo alone, black quarterbacks have continuously been a target of degradation. Marlin Briscoe was the first black man to start at quarterback in the AFL. He set a rookie record for touchdowns in 1968 only to be benched and moved to receiver. James Shack Harris started a game at quarterback for the Bills in the same year, but not before he was forced to stay in a $6 room at a local YMCA instead of with the team. During training camp, the coaching staff attempted to move him to wideout and gave him a job cleaning team cleats.
If it is believed that the black athlete is incapable of performing at a coveted, well-paid position, then black play at the position will always have a cap. Such an environment is even more egregious during the Colin Kaepernick era, in which black athletes have used their platforms to fight against the horrors of racial injustice at the cost of their careers.
“Well, obviously I got to see how DA operated; thats a true pro right there. Hes been around the league a long time, just kind of how he controlled walkthrough, how he talked to guys, how he inspired guys and got them to play above whatever it was. Really in that aspect and how he saw things on the field, the reads he made, how quick he was to his check down and small things like that. … Getting to experience the Monday night game, experiencing primetime football, that type of schedule and (I) havent played a night game, so to kind of go through that before I actually get to play that whenever it is, whenever we have a primetime game, that was definitely an experience that I can take with me. Obviously, not playing and sitting on the sideline and charting plays isnt fun, but it definitely helped me and I think its going to make me an improved quarterback in the long run.”
The problem isnt solely that Peterman continues to play football. The problem is how many more Petermans will subsequently follow — and how many talented black quarterbacks will be left on the sidelines, or cast away off the field forever.