So much for any quarterback controversy.
Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott shot that possibility down Friday afternoon, declaring that Tyrod Taylor will start in the team's third preseason game, and he expects him to do the same in Week One of the regular season.
"I have all the confidence in the world in Tyrod," McDermott said.
Taylor struggled mightily in the Bills' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, going 8 of 18 for 53 yards and two interceptions. After the game, McDermott seemed to leave the door open for a quarterback change when he said "we're always going to evaluate everything and that goes for every position including the quarterback position. We're going to evaluate the film. I’m going to evaluate the job I did and then we evaluate the job that each of us and continue to get better as a unit."
On Friday, McDermott said that was in no way meant to suggest he's considering a switch to rookie Nathan Peterman as the starting quarterback.
"Tyrod's going to start for us this week and I look forward to him getting back on track," the coach said. "There's plays that he wanted back from last night, among other players as well. That said, there were good moments in the game. So we continue to evolve as an offense. That's the second game. Keeping big-picture perspective in mind, we've got to do some things the offense on track, there's no doubt about it.
"We've got to move the ball, move the chains, convert third downs, which we didn't do a good job of. And then when we get into the red zone, which we did, we've got to score touchdowns. We had opportunities to put points on the board a couple of times last night, and either we took or sack and took ourselves out of field-goal range, or didn't put the ball in the zone when we had the opportunities.
Later during his press conference, McDermott was asked whether Peterman – who went 10 of 20 for 167 yards against the Eagles – might get any first-team snaps this week during practice.
"Well like I've always said, we always look at everything. And that goes for every position, not just the quarterback position, but every position," McDermott said. Nate has certainly had a good preseason and training camp. He's going to continue to develop and get better. That said, Tyrod is going to start Saturday night and I expect him to play and play well."