McBeane didn’t give us enough time to process whatever happened last Thursday in Chicago before trading AJ McCarron to the Raiders for a fifth-round draft pick in 2019. OK then. I probably shouldn’t complain, given the brass at One Bills Drive must have packed their suitcases for Chicago with enough gear to get them through the next few days without sleep, or returning home at night.
Can’t imagine the amount of caffeine necessary in order to go through evaluating 90 players, deciding who gets cut, scouring the 1000+ players released to get to a 53-man roster in one step and then assembling a practice squad in three days.
So what did you get done over Labor Day weekend?
After looking over the Bills’ final roster there were no big surprises, although I might have scared the dog letting out a big whoop when I saw the Bills kept four tight-ends. And there was admittedly more than a tinge of sadness on my part when it was revealed Buffalo decided to part ways with Nick O’Leary. But I get it – and couldn’t be happier to see increasing evidence Brian Daboll is going to creatively use the tight-end position, something the Bills haven’t done for decades.
Elephant in the room
Might as well go on the record regarding the question Bills fans have asked way too many times over the years – who’s going to be the starting quarterback on Sunday in the season opener? Many might assume I would be in favor of ‘homie’ Josh Allen, whose former team in Wyoming put on a brave show against the Washington State Cougars in Laramie on Saturday, but got gassed in the end, 41-19.
Truth be told I think it’s too soon to start Josh Allen against the Ravens. While it’s understandable the preseason is used mostly for evaluating players, the shuffling of the offensive line created some major heartburn for me about putting the rookie in to start the season. But that’s not the only reason Allen shouldn’t get the nod.
Nathan Peterman did something during the preseason some Bills fans refuse to acknowledge. In the face of relentless ridicule after tossing five interceptions in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers last season, Peterman quietly ran AJ McCarron right off the roster. It wasn’t Josh Allen who did the dirty deed.
McCarron became expendable because Peterman quietly went from having a rough first week of training camp to playing with razor-like precision throughout preseason. If you don’t think the quiet and pious Peterman has a gigantic chip the size of Texas on his shoulder to reclaim his professional dignity, think again. But here’s where Peterman differs from others who would likely wither under constant ridicule.
Nathan Peterman doesn’t appear to be the kind of person whose faith is something he leans on to get him through the tough times. This is a guy (who McCarron once referred to as an ‘angel’) who lives his faith by showing it on a daily basis. When Peterman says he doesn’t let the vicissitudes of life get to him emotionally, believe him.
Now whether that will convert to success on the field remains to be seen. However, the maturity Peterman demonstrated despite being so unfairly maligned by those obsessed with highlighting failure is quite remarkable. He’s had nearly a year to ready himself for this chance at redemption.
Josh Allen is still trying to learn how to read defenses and react before a leaky offensive line allows him to be crushed into oblivion. Hopefully what we saw from the Bills’ offensive line in the preseason was a work in progress.
The most obvious reason Peterman should get the start is he at least has a chance to get the ball out before getting bulldozed into the ground. However, I’ll let the analytics folks deal with the tangible advantages Peterman has over Allen at this point.
My twisted view focuses on which quarterback is psychologically set up the best to win the season opener – and that would be Nathan Peterman. This is Peterman’s moment of redemption. If he can go out and string a few good games together, it will go a long way in cementing what could be a terrific role for him as a permanent backup to Josh Allen when the heir-apparent is ready to roll.
It’s no secret I admire Nathan Peterman’s plucky temperament. If the offensive line can at least give him a modicum of protection, he could ball out and finally silence the insufferable ‘snarksters’ once and for all. Even the NFL schedule-makers created the perfect second chance for Peterman when the Chargers show up for the season opener on Sept. 16 at New Era Field.
Let the man redeem himself and let the rookie sit back and see how’s it done.
Editor’s babble: Why fight the schedule gods and karma by denying Peterman the chance to shine? Peterman earned the right to start the season by his play on the field. Josh Allen has all the physical talent anyone could hope for in a quarterback, but is he ready to face the biggest leap in talent he’s ever seen? It’s probably the old Granny in me, but I’d like to see Allen sit for a few games (at least) and be protected from mayhem, like in the commercials. If you like cupcake bloggers, you can find me on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO.
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