McDermott: 'Tyrod's our starter'

The Bills head coach fielded questions Monday after the team's loss to the Saints

Sal Capaccio
November 13, 2017 - 2:34 pm

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Tyrod Taylor will remain the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback.

Despite going only 9-for-18 for 56 yards, and only 1-for-5 for eight yards in the second half, and the offense unable to score more than three points with Taylor under center Sunday, head coach Sean McDermott reaffirmed Monday what he said immediately after his team’s 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

“I believe in Tyrod. Tyrod’s our starter,” McDermott reiterated to reporters once again.

McDermott acknowledged that he understands why some fans would be calling for Taylor’s benching and for the team to play rookie Nathan Peterman, but added “I know what Tyrod’s done and I also know what Nate’s done, and Tyrod’s our starter.”

Peterman did enter the game late in the fourth quarter with the Bills trailing 40-3. He completed 7-of-10 passes for 79 yards, including his first career touchdown pass in the NFL, a seven-yard toss to tight end Nick O’Leary. 

“Nathan’s a good player,” McDermott said. “I like what he did yesterday. I think he did some good things in the game. I know where they’re coming from, from a fan's standpoint.”

Injury update

Cornerback E.J. Gaines (hamstring) and left tackle Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) both missed the game on Sunday. Defensive end Jerry Hughes didn’t play the entire second half with a shin injury. McDermott said all of them are considered day-to-day at this point and will be evaluated throughout the week.

The 5-4 Bills will travel to Los Angeles to take on the 3-6 Chargers next Sunday at the StubHub Center.


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