ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The struggling Bills offense will have a new signal caller for this Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Head coach Sean McDermott announced Wednesday the team is benching quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman.
McDermott said it was his call to give the rookie the nod.
"It's about, like I mentioned before, becoming a better team and that's what we're here for," McDermott said. "We are 5-4 and I understand that and we are in the playoff hunt at this point. It is always and will forever for the time that I am here, will be about becoming the best team that we can possibly become. We are made for more than 5-4 and I've come here to become more than 5-4."
Taylor has thrown for 1,684 yards with 10 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 64.2 completion percentage this season.
“I’m disappointed, that’s just one of the feelings, but definitely disappointed,” said Taylor. “I don’t agree with the decision, but ultimately, coach McDermott has a vision for this team, what he feels is best for the team, as well as the owners and GM, so I have to move forward and continue to be the teammate and leader that I am.”
Peterman, a fifth round selection in the 2017 NFL draft, played his college football at Pittsburgh and threw for 79 yards and a touchdown last week in his NFL debut.
“I knew my opportunity was going to come sometime, for this to be it, I’m trying to be ready,” said Peterman. “I’ve tried to be ready since the first time I stepped in this facility.”
Peterman said he was emotional when McDermott broke the news to him.
“It’s a dream come true, obviously, to get this opportunity,” said Peterman. “It’s a great opportunity, but’s it’s still all in front of me and I’ve got to go work to earn it.”
McDermott said the change isn't the result of any injury to Taylor, but a "calculated risk" to start Peterman.
McDermott says he met with Taylor personally to tell him his decision and that the quarterback was disappointed, but handled it professionally.