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Insta-Graham: Tyrod Taylor wobbles in Philly, but fans should resist QB controversy urge

A debate about who the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback should be does not interest me.

Not this week anyway. Not yet.

Although incumbent Tyrod Taylor isn't doing himself or the fan base's digestive system any favors with Thursday night's performance against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Taylor played six possessions. They ended interception (tipped pass), punt (three-and-out), punt, interception (a doozy to old friend Ronald Darby), field goal, punt. The Bills gained zero yards on two of his series.

He completed eight of his 18 passes for 53 yards, often under heavy pressure. The Eagles sacked him twice and otherwise jostled him around.

Taylor's rushing total equaled his passer rating: 12.0.

Fifth-round draft choice Nathan Peterman, meanwhile, made enough throws to get Bills fans curious.

Peterman leapfrogged veteran backup T.J. Yates in the pecking order to handle the second team. Peterman went 10 of 20 for 167 yards.

He completed a beautiful pass to Zay Jones along the left sideline to set up Stephen Hauschka's 26-yard field goal to end the first half.

But here are my words of caution for now:

  • Buffalo still is installing and getting accustomed to its offense under new coordinator Rick Dennison.
  • Taylor is entering his seventh NFL season.
  • Taylor is playing against starters and without top tackle Cordy Glenn.
  • Taylor just lost his best receiver, Sammy Watkins, in a trade.
  • Peterman is a rookie.
  • Peterman was taken in the fifth round and was the eighth quarterback off the draft board for a reason.
  • Peterman is playing against backups.

All that said, I understand why Bills fans might get restless.

Seventeen years without the playoffs and the prospect of not going all out in 2017 after last week's trades seeps into the consciousness.


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