Nathan Peterman has faced plenty of adversity early on in his career.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott turned to the then rookie out of Pittsburgh in Week of 11 of the 2017 season, with the Bills in the hunt for a playoff spot with a 5-4 record, in a win now move.
Peterman then threw five interceptions in the first half against the Chargers, in one of the worst debuts in NFL history.
In the offseason, he continued to work and earned the starting job in 2018, beating out AJ McCarron and rookie Josh Allen.
He was then benched after throwing two inceptions and for 24 yards in the opener against the Ravens.
Sunday in Houston after taking over for an injured Allen, despite throwing a touchdown to give the Bills the lead late in the game, Peterman was picked off twice, one of which was returned for a touchdown and the difference in a 20-13 loss to the Texans.
Derek Anderson, who was on vacation two weeks ago and not on an NFL roster until he signed with Buffalo last Tuesday, was named the starter on Wednesday.
McDermott said Peterman’s performance on Sunday played a role in the decision to start the 35-year-old journeyman quarterback. Peterman said his confidence remains high.
“I’m always going to do what I feel is right for this football team,” McDermott said when asked if he thought he’d lose the locker room if he went back to Peterman. “I certainly trust and have a heck of a lot of respect for our locker room, so with that, I’m always going to do what I feel is right for this football team. That’s what we do.”
“Part of the NFL is it’s an up and down league,” Peterman said standing at his locker. “You make mistakes and you have to be able to move on from it. That’s where my focus is now.
“Just take it one step at a time and know that bad things happen sometimes. You have to learn from it. You can’t let it happen again and you have to move on and be ready to play whenever that time is next.”
So, what do McDermott and Brian Daboll expect from the Bills backup quarterback moving forward?
“Protect the football. That’s number one. I thought there were some good things on Sunday, but some things I can learn from. Critical mistakes that obviously didn’t help us win. I’ll get better from that, I’ll learn from it and move on from it.
“It’s a crazy league. You’re always one play away. So, as a player in this league you have to have a short memory no matter what that is.”
Like Allen learning from Anderson, Peterman is expected to the same.
“It’s been great to watch him work and take control. 14 years of experience, you have to try to get everything out of that.”