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[BN] Blitz Bills newsletter: What to know for Tuesday, Sept. 5

The biggest news of the day at One Bills Drive was that quarterback Tyrod Taylor is still in concussion protocol, which leaves open the possibility that rookie Nathan Peterman might have to start the Bills' opener against the Jets on Sunday.

"He is ready," coach Sean McDermott said in regard to Peterman, the team's fifth-round draft pick. "I mean, when you look at what he's done throughout the preseason, I'm confident, we're extremely confident in Nathan. I expect that he's only going to continue to get better, just like all of our young players, all of our players as a matter of fact."

It remains to be seen whether Taylor's status is truly in jeopardy or McDermott just wants to throw some uncertainty at the Jets. Taylor took reps on the practice field Monday but isn't allowed to meet with media until he's cleared for full participation.

New QB joins the mix: With Taylor and third-stringer T.J. Yates still in concussion protocol, the Bills signed quarterback Joe Webb. He hasn't attempted a pass since 2011, but McDermott and GM Brandon Beane are familiar with him from their time in Carolina, where Webb also moonlighted as a wide receiver and was a core special teamer.

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Offensive line shapes up: McDermott said Monday that John Miller and Jordan Mills won their respective position battles at right guard and right tackle, at least for now. That should give the Bills' offense some continuity, starting the same offensive line as last season. From left to right, their opening week starters look like: Cordy Glenn, Richie Incognito, Eric Wood, Miller and Mils, assuming Glenn is healthy.

Backup running back plan still muddy: Asked who would replace Jonathan Williams as LeSean McCoy's primary backup, McDermott said he planned to go "by committee," meaning that running backs Joe Banyard, Taiwan Jones and fullback Mike Tolbert would all be in the mix.

I thought it was interesting that both times McDermott listed off the backups, he mentioned Tolbert first. Read the transcript of his press conference here.

Williams went unclaimed on waivers. He is eligible to be added to the practice squad, although the Bills filled theirs out Monday with a guard, a tight end and a linebacker.

What a photo: News photographer Harry Scull Jr. took an amazing photo of Sean McDermott Monday. He's definitely not trying to control your mind or anything.

Remember that scene in "Toy Story" when Sid told Woody, "We have ways of making you talk"? This photo is even more fun if you picture McDermott saying, "We have ways of making you trust the process."

See more from Scull in his gallery of Monday's practice.

Speaking of The ProcessTM... Here's your reminder that the Bills are down to only five players on the 53-man roster who were drafted by former GM Doug Whaley (plus one who is suspended). McDermott was asked about the perceived housecleaning Monday. Here's what he had to say.

"Who the hell is Kiko Alonso?" That quote, of course, could only come from one man: Running back LeSean McCoy, who came to Buffalo in a trade for Alonso. More on McCoy in Kimberley A. Martin's feature.

Watch: Bills reporters Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski share their thoughts on Monday's activity at One Bills Drive.

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