Nathan Peterman is the Week 1 starter as the Bills prepare to open the regular season against the Ravens.
When the offense takes the field at M&T Bank Stadium, he’ll be facing a defense looking to match their impressive totals.
Last season, Baltimore led the league with 22 interceptions and finished ninth in quarterback pressures (hits, hurries and sacks) with 244.
Peterman’s only other starts were memorable for two separate reasons. One, was played in a blinding snow storm while the other, and most talked about, was a historically bad NFL debut.
The second year quarterback is still asked about his five interception game against the Chargers — not so much about his role in the Bills’ win over Indianapolis. Still, he’s not focused on the past but the here and now.
“I think every time I’ve gotten on the field, it’s a new opportunity that you’re not tied to your past failures,” Peterman said on Monday. “I know some people might think that, because that’s all that they’ve seen. For me, it’s every time I step on the field, there’s a new opportunity no matter the good things or bad things that happen in the past. That’s how I’m approaching it.”
“There was a series of moments,” head coach Sean McDermott said that led him to believe Peterman could be the starter.
“When you go back and watch the journey to this point, you start in the spring. Like I mentioned, (you look at) the full body of work. You look in the spring and the way he handled himself. You go through the early part of summer camp and the preseason games and his full body of work and the way he handled himself. He’s a steady young man and a lot can be said for that.”
As for the future, after the announcement was made, that it would be Peterman leading the Bills in the opener, the signal caller was again asked about facing the Chargers.
“That’s two weeks away,” when asked about facing Los Angeles. “Like I said, it’s day-to-day and it’s about the Ravens. It’s an unbelievable challenge ahead of us. (Baltimore is) a great team with a storied franchise and talented players. I’ve got a lot to focus on with them.”