Mixed Signals on Bills Quarterback Position

by Paul Peck, Buffalo Sports Page

Early on Monday, there was an ominous sign from the Bills about the status of starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor.  Later on Monday, an encouraging sign about the status of Taylor.

It all made for a confusing Labor Day, and questions remain about Taylor’s status for Sunday’s season opener against the Jets.

First, the team announced the signing of veteran quarterback Joe Webb.  That gives them four QB’s on the roster, a rarity.  Head Coach Sean McDermott confirmed that Taylor and backup T.J. Yates were still in the concussion protocol, and offered no indication of their status for Sunday.  But signing Webb was a clear indication that both might not be ready, and Webb would serve as Nathan Peterman’s backup against the Jets.

If Peterman does make his debut as the Bills starting quarterback, McDermott is confident.

“He is ready. When you look at what he’s done throughout the preseason, I’m confident and we’re extremely confident in Nathan. I expect that he’s only going to continue to get better, just like all of our young players, all of our players as a matter of fact. That’s what this is about. This is about development in terms of a young player. We’re looking for all of our players to continue to improve, all of our coaches, myself, that’s what we do,”  he said.

But later in the morning, the team sent out a picture of Taylor practicing.

There is no word whether that means that Taylor is out of the concussion protocol.  But it certainly is encouraging that Taylor is out on the field and practicing.

Adding another layer to the quarterback story, is a tweet from Buffalo Sports Page NFL Expert Greg Gabriel. He’s made it clear he is not a Taylor fan, and Greg thinks the best thing to happen is Peterman starting on Sunday.

We’ll have more from Greg on his thoughts about Taylor & Peterman later in the week.


Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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