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Bills rookie Nathan Peterman will serve as backup quarterback against Eagles

PITTSFORD – The Buffalo Bills will have a new backup quarterback Thursday night for their second preseason game.

Coach Sean McDermott confirmed Tuesday that rookie Nathan Peterman will serve as the No. 2 behind Tyrod Taylor against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"He’s done a good job, he really has," McDermott said. "This is a rookie quarterback that is in the development phase of his career. ... I thought he’s handled the additional reps well, and we need to continue to develop Nathan, so we know what we have."

Peterman has seen most of the backup reps during the last three days of practice. During the Bills' first preseason game last week against the Minnesota Vikings, Peterman went 13 of 25 for 112 yards and Buffalo's only touchdown.

Nathan Peterman takes second-team reps during Bills practice

"I’m really excited," Peterman said. "I’m just trying to get better everyday, and trying to move forward and progress from Thursday. Hopefully I can do that and I’m looking forward to it."

Peterman looked sharp during the Bills' final practice of training camp Tuesday, connecting with tight end Logan Thomas early in practice before finding Rod Streater with a pair of throws later on. Peterman will likely spend plenty of time on the field with those two Thursday, as well as with Philly Brown, who also was on the receiving end Tuesday of a throw from the rookie quarterback.

"I’ve gotten to throw with them a little bit, but I think we’ve got to keep building the chemistry, building the timing with the double moves and things like that," Peterman said. "Just got to keep working on it."

For now, Peterman has leapfrogged veteran T.J. Yates on the depth chart. McDermott, however, likes how Yates has responded to the challenge.

"I appreciate his leadership, he’s been decisive with the football," the coach said. And Tyrod, as well. There’s some good competition there."

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