Practice Squad Moves: The Bills have signed DE Cap Capi to the practice squad. He takes the spot of DL Eric Lee who was signed to the Patriots roster. The Bills also worked out a former player as DT Stefan Charles was in for a visit among several other defensive linemen, the team usually works people out on Tuesdays but the sheer amount of players at DL that they looked at says something. Front Office Page.
Bogyo Column: Tony Bogyo checks in with his latest column in which he talks about the sad state of the Bills and specifically what is going on with the QB situation. Complete Story.
McDermott Presser: Sean McDermott addressed the media this afternoon after the long ride home from the West Coast overnight. He would not commit to the starting QB for next week staying with his pat line that he is still evaluating that right now. On Nathan Peterman he owns the decision and doesn't regret it but he regrets the result. It wasn't just Nathan that struggled they learn and grow from it and get better. One game will not define his career. He remains confident in him and there are plays that he wants back but there were some plays that you say were pretty darn good. This is part of the growth process it burns and it burns hard. McDermott spoke about positives and growth like the team won and not just got blown out for a third straight game. No ligament damage on Kelvin Benjamin but they are still evaluating the injury. You want to win but moving forward you want to establish the standard and the culture the coach said. They need to continue to develop that strong foundation. He said he communicated with Rick Dennison his decision to go with Peterman last week but it was his decision. Dennison moving upstairs last week was something they wanted to do all along. Despite his decision not working he can't waver in making a decision. Micah Hyde checked out fine so there is at least good news on the injury front.
McDermott Post Game Presser: The post game press conference by Sean McDermott was the most anticipated post game presser I can remember. He took responsibility for the game but they have to push threw things like this. They will go back to work when they land. It wasn't what they hoped for but when you put a young player out there that can happen. He is a tough player who can come back for this but he would not announce who will play quarterback next week, he said he will evaluate things. At halftime he evaluated it and decided to go with Tyrod Taylor in the second half. They can get better in all areas and will go back to evaluate all areas of the football team. Every decision he makes his for the best interest of the football team and he's not second guessing his call to go to Nathan Peterman who is a mentality tough individual who will learn from this experience. He needs to know everyone will support him and they will stick together as a team. Tyrod came out and embraced it and did a good job moving the football. He admits the team is going through a downturn which is a huge understatement. They need to manage it and stay mentally tough and make the corrections. The injuries to Kelvin Benjamin and Micah Hyde are still under evaluation at this time. He will keep to himself the evaluation process in deciding who will play quarterback next week. On the atrocious play of the defense, he said he has to go back and watch the film and evaluate every down but said field position was an issue. He felt like this was the right situation for Nate to come and play and he doesn't regret the decision but regrets the result and doesn't think he overestimated his readiness for the big stage but he admitted the game got away from them.
Gameday Grades: The offense turned the ball over six times and gave up two touchdowns of their own which didn't help out an atrocious defense as the Bills got annihilated once again. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: Nathan Peterman made his first NFL start and threw five first half interceptions, two more than Tyrod Taylor threw all season. The first one was returned for a score as the Chargers built a 10-7 first quarter lead. It would have been worse except for a couple of good plays by the Bills defense and LeSean McCoy had runs of 37 and 27 yards to give the Bills their only 1st quarter touchdown of the season. After that thanks to the giveaways by Peterman, and the atrocious play by the Bills defense that left the middle of the field wide open for Chargers receivers, Los Angeles annihilated the Bills 54-24. The Bills have now been blown out three weeks in a row as this 17 year playoff drought has hopefully, finally hit rock bottom. Bills Blitz.
Benjamin, Hyde Suffer Knee Injuries: The game got off to a terrible start when Kelvin Benjamin injured his knee on his first catch. He was carted off to the locker room and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. The game got worse and so did the injury news as Micah Hyde suffered a knee injury in the second half. He did not return but was seen riding the bike on the sidelines so hopefully his injury is not serious. LeSean McCoy limped off in the third quarter and Deonte Thompson suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter as well. McCoy came back in the game but Thompson did not come back. Injury Page.
Gameday Inactives: Jordan Matthews, Jerry Hughes, and Charles Clay were listed as questionable for today's game but Clay and Hughes did play. Matthews sat out. John Miller, Mike Tolbert, and Cordy Glenn were all ruled out on Friday. The healthy scratches are: Conor McDermott, Logan Thomas, and Shareece Wright. Surprised Thomas is inactive over Khari Lee and Wright is inactive over recently signed Lafayette Pitts.
Gameday Weather: It will be perfect Southern California weather for today's game against the Chargers. Temperatures during the game will be in the mid 70s and the game will be played under partly sunny skies with little wind out of the southwest at 5mph.
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Glenn, Tolbert, Miller Out: After not practicing all week the Bills have officially ruled out Mike Tolbert and Cordy Glenn from Sunday's game in Los Angeles. For Glenn it will be the second straight and fifth game this season that he has missed with his ongoing foot and ankle issues. Tolbert is out with a hamstring injury which means recently signed Travaris Cadet gets his chance at the backup running back spot. John Miller has also been ruled out after leaving practice early on Thursday with an ankle injury. He in all probability would have been inactive anyway. Jerry Hughes, Jordan Matthews, and Charles Clay are listed as questionable but all are expected to play despite being limited in practice this week. All other banged up players including Stephen Hauschka practiced today and have been removed from the final report. Injury Page.
Hauschka Should Go: Sean McDermott addressed the media about the injury situation before practice today and said Stephen Hauschka should kick on Sunday despite missing practice yesterday. Zay Jones should be good to go and will be full go in practice today. Jerry Hughes will be limited again today but they like where he is headed after yesterday's practice. Jordan Matthews, Charles Clay, and E.J. Gaines are also headed in the right direction and Gaines will get his work bumped up today. Cordy Glenn and Mike Tolbert will miss practice again today but no decision has been made yet on if they will be ruled out on Sunday. On the quarterback change he said Nathan Peterman looks very comfortable in the scheme. He said he weighed everything before making the change including how it would look after the very poor defensive performances the past two weeks. He said they have to get better as a team and that includes the defense. He feels Peterman is extremely poised and balanced with a great support system so nerves shouldn't be too much of an issue. They are looking at how they have gotten off track rushing the passer and they need to go back to the fundamentals. He's very happy with the rookie class and how they’ve contributed and they continue to add guys that have the DNA in helping them build what they want to become. Injury Page.
Injury Update: The Bills got Jerry Hughes back on the practice field today along with Charles Clay and the three resting veterans from yesterday. Richie Incognito got the rest day today while Mike Tolbert remains sidelined with a hamstring injury increasing the likelihood that Travaris Cadet will serve as the backup running back on Sunday. Cordy Glenn remains sidelined and it appears like he will miss his second straight game, and fifth of the season, on Sunday. Stephen Hauschka did not practice with a sore hip and John Miller left the field early with an ankle injury. E.J. Gaines was full go for the first time since suffering his hamstring injury. Jordan Matthews was limited again with his ankle injury. Injury Page.
Game Preview: This week's game has plenty of intrigue. The Bills travel to the West Coast where they normally don't play well, in a game that is their biggest of the year as their season is at a crossroads. Add to that the first start of rookie Nathan Peterman's career and the up in the air status of his counterpart Phillip Rivers who has never missed a game but is suffering from a concussion. Top that off with the man that was snubbed for the Bills head coaching job roaming the opposite sidelines in Anthony Lynn. Needless to say this game will be interesting. Complete Preview.
Injury Update: Charles Clay, Jerry Hughes, Cordy Glenn, and Mike Tolbert all sat out practice today. Clay was resting the knee injury he just returned from. Glenn remains sidelined with foot and ankle issues. Hughes injured his shin on Sunday. Jordan Matthews was limited with a knee injury and Zay Jones was back on the field and practiced fully. Jones expects to play on Sunday. Tolbert was sitting with a hamstring injury and E.J. Gaines was limited again with his nagging hamstring problem. Kyle Williams, LeSean McCoy and Lorenzo Alexander got rest days. Injury Page.
Peterman Presser: After practice Nate Peterman addressed the media and said he has tried to be ready for this opportunity since he arrived at the facility after being drafted. He is just trying to get ready for the Chargers. He said he went through a lot in college that helps him prepare. He has been on both sides of this situation and knows he has to earn it everyday and he will keep on working. He will try to do whatever he could in front of the scenes like he did when he was behind the scenes. It's a dream come true to get this opportunity but it is still all in front of him and he has to work to earn it. It's just one step and he has to keep on working. He said it's good that he has seen some live action with the starters but he is sure the Chargers defensive coordinator will have something dialed up just for him being his first start. He expects to win every game when he's out there that is his goal, stats do not matter. Details and fundamentals have been missing so that is something they are working on as individuals and as a team.
Taylor Presser: Tyrod Taylor spoke to the media and said he is disappointed and doesn't agree with the decision but he has to accept it and move forward. He said you would have to ask Coach McDermott why the decision was made. He will continue to be the leader he is from a different role moving forward saying he was shocked by the move. He won't rewind back to the deal he made in the offseason it doesn't matter right now. He has to continue to prepare to go out there again if the opportunity presents itself. He thinks the offense was suited for him but moving forward the focus will be on Nathan Peterman and what he does best. It was a focus to throw from the pocket but also just trying to find different ways to win games. If he's here next year is not up to him. Last year's benching was a little different and he has to prepared mentally and physically for his next opportunity if it presents himself. He got voted captain for a reason and he is still that same person. He will show that leadership and guys will look at him to see how he responds. He called Nate a great guy who is talented and still learning. He will support him in anyway to help the team win. The coach has confident in Nate and there is a great group of guys he is out there playing with and he hopes he can lead them to the playoffs. Tyrod said he doesn't think of life as fair or unfair but he is very confident in his ability to be a franchise QB.
Peterman To Start: Sean McDermott addressed the media before today's practice and announced a bombshell that Nathan Peterman will start at quarterback this week. He remains confident in Tyrod Taylor in his ability to help the football team but in his constant evaluation of the team he decided to make the team. He said the coaches were not involved in the decision it was one he made himself. He spoke with Brandon Beane about it and it is about becoming a better team. He understands the headline part of making this change but every position is constantly evaluated. He knows they are in the playoff hunt at 5-4 but thinks they should be better than 5-4. This is not an indictment on Tyrod and he is an important part of the football team and will continue to be an important part moving forward. He has been impressed with Nate and his maturity this early part of his career. He thought he did some good things the other day but admitted it was a small sample size. This is about becoming better as a football team and they will see if it will be more than a one week thing. As a decision maker he needs to be willing to take calculated risks and he's comfortable doing that. He feels he's ready or else he wouldn't have made the move. The decision was made yesterday and they discussed it as a team today the players response was to just march on. As they continue to grow and continue to move in the direction he wants to there will be difficult decisions. It is about the vision of getting them to where they want to go which is to win the championship not just to get to the playoffs. They need to become the team the fans have dreamed of for years. He met with Tyrod yesterday and he is a competitor and a professional. He was certainly disappointed but professional with how he handled it. This is not about auditioning Nathan for the future it is about winning now and becoming a better team now. He methodically looked at the situation and came to the decision yesterday morning to make the change. They expect Peterman to go out and do his job, he will not be on a leash. Of course it was the defense that gave up 47 points and they are still looking at the linebacker spots.