Peterman taking the quarterback competition in Buffalo day-by-day

Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman joined Howard and Jeremy on Tuesday morning

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June 05, 2018 - 10:44 am

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The Buffalo Bills are in the midst of organized team activities and the biggest question remains: Who will be starting under center come Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season?

During the offseason, the Bills traded Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns and Joe Webb signed with the Houston Texans. That left second-year quarterback Nathan Peterman as the only quarterback from the 2017 season remaining for the Bills.

Buffalo did fill out their quarterback depth this offseason by signing A.J. McCarron to a two-year, $10 million contract and trading up in the NFL Draft to select Josh Allen with the seventh overall pick.

During these OTAs, Peterman and McCarron have been splitting reps with the first team offense, while Allen has been taking reps with the third team offense.

“You’re always competing, no matter who says the starter is,” said Peterman with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Tuesday morning. “The good thing is that all of us get along pretty well and we talk about the schemes and things easily with each other. Everyone is just trying to do what’s best for the team.

"I think that’s the best approach you can have. Just day-by-day, rep-by-rep. It’s more of a competition against yourself more than anything and against the standard of excellence that you have for yourself.”

The Bills drafted Peterman in the fifth round (171st overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh. He sporadically saw the field in his rookie year, making his NFL debut against the New Orleans Saints, then making his first NFL start the following week against the Los Angeles Chargers. He also saw action in the snowstorm game against the Indianapolis Colts and in the AFC Wild Card game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Although his rookie year saw him go through some ups and downs on the field, the experience he gained from those few appearances have made him a better quarterback heading into his second season.

“I think there was a lot of good moments, coming into the Saints game, the preseason, the Colts game, having a touchdown and setting us up to win,” Peterman said.

After the Bills' season came to an end, the team fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and hired Alabama’s offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. This after Daboll helped lead Alabama to win another national title at the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship over Georgia. Although his time with Daboll has been relatively short, Peterman says he has already learned quite a bit from his new offensive coordinator.

“[Daboll] is awesome. He’s guy that has a strong passion for the game,” said Peterman. “He’s taught me so much already just in the couple of months I’ve been with him. You can tell he has knowledge from various years of experience in the NFL.”

You can hear Peterman’s entire interview with Howard and Jeremy below:

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