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Nathan Peterman takes second-team reps during Bills practice

PITTSFORD -- Sean McDermott stopped short of calling it a shakeup of the Buffalo Bills' quarterback depth chart, but it sure looked that way.

Rookie Nathan Peterman took all of the second-team reps behind Tyrod Taylor during Sunday's training-camp practice at St. John Fisher College, while veteran T.J. Yates was demoted to third team.

Coach Sean McDermott said Peterman earned the opportunity based on his work during the 12 previous camp practices and last Thursday night's preseason-opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Peterman came in as the third quarterback, after Taylor and Yates, and had the most productive showing, leading the Bills to their only touchdown in the 17-10 loss.

"Yeah, it's fair to say he did earn it," McDermott said of Peterman working with the second team. "I mean, he moved the offense and did some good things. Like all of us, a lot of work to go yet, but he did some good things and he earned that."

How much should be read into it?

"Really just trying to get him more reps," the coach said. "You know, T.J.'s been in the system for awhile, so he knows the system well and, really, it's just taking a look at Nate and giving him a chance to develop, really, with added reps."

Asked if the depth chart now had Peterman at No. 2 behind Taylor and Yates in the third spot, McDermott said, "Well, we're still looking at things. They're splitting reps, really. It's just today we gave (Peterman) some more reps and we're going to continue to evaluate."

Peterman, who was informed by Yates that he was going to move up to the No. 2 spot for Sunday's practice, said he relished the chance to work with the Bills' second-unit offense.

"It was a great opportunity for me, obviously," he said. "Just really appreciated it and tried to go out and do my best with what I had. I just kind of go day-by-day, one step at a time, trying to get better. They told me to go in, so I went in."

Peterman looked mostly sharp, and was pleased with how he performed.

"It was good," he said. "There's always going to be things that you can do better on the field. So I'm trying to do those things, trying to get better, and I'll go watch the film and see what those are."

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