Here were Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s first-half passing numbers against the Carolina Panthers Sunday in Charlotte:
First half comes to an end. No catches for Zay Jones on one target. Tyrod Taylor is 5-7 for 15 yds
— Zach Maskavich (@ZachMaskavich) September 17, 2017
Five for seven, for 15 yards and no touchdowns. Not exactly numbers in the same league as Bills archnemesis Tom Brady. Case in point: Brady had 300 yards and three touchdowns Sunday — in the first half:
2nd career game with 300 yards in the first half.
1st career game with 3 TDs in the first quarter.#GoPats
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 17, 2017
By the end of the half, many fans on Twitter had seen enough and began clamoring for the team to replace Taylor with rookie Nathan Peterman. The Bills chose Peterman, who played college football at Tennessee and later Pittsburgh, in the fifth round of April’s draft. He won the backup job after outplaying T.J. Yates in the preseason.
Here’s a sampling of the calls to begin the Peterman era:
I'm ready for the Peterman era
— Bills Authority (@BillsAuthority) September 17, 2017
@buffalobills Dear Sean McDermott,
Please bench Tyrod Taylor and start Nate Peterman. I won't even ask Santa for a Christmas gift if u do so
— Edwin Melendez (@Lendez712) September 17, 2017
Can I please see Nate peterman play? Please?
— Brian (@BrianMC630) September 17, 2017
Start peterman #billsmafia
— Caleb Craig (@calebcraigbaby) September 17, 2017
Put Peterman in. This is brutal.#billshavenopassinggame
— Guy Allan (@brainpowerguy) September 17, 2017
For those keeping score, Peterman would be the latest in a long line of Bills quarterbacks who have played during the team’s 17-year playoff drought. If Peterman starts a game this year, he would be the 15th starter since the drought began in 2000, putting him in a club with members like J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alex Van Pelt and Drew Bledsoe.
Despite Taylor’s less-than-stellar play, the Bills were down only six points at halftime, thanks in part to solid defensive play that limited the Panthers to only two field goals.
That left some followers of the team, after watching the Panthers otherwise dominate the first half, a little baffled:
— Jonah Javad (@JonahJavad) September 17, 2017
Taylor fared slightly better in the second half, finishing with 17 completions on 25 attempts for 125 yards. (He also ran for 55 yards on eight carries.) But the play Bills fans will be talking about all week was the Bills' final offensive try of the game, a fourth-down pass that saw Taylor slightly overthrow rookie receiver Zay Jones, who nonetheless got both of his hands on the ball and certainly could have caught it. The incompletion effectively ended the game, which the Panthers won 9-3.
Some Bills fans on Twitter continued to pile on Taylor, clearly frustrated at the team's lack of offensive production Sunday.
— Dr J (@DrHToothrot) September 17, 2017
@TyrodTaylor thanks for the let down! Defense did their job...where were you!?
— Rob Balsamo (@robbalsamo) September 17, 2017
Others defended Taylor, saying Jones should have made the catch.
This a catchable ball.. Stop with the better throw nonsense.. He put it where it needed to be in zone coverage...sheesh.. Smh pic.twitter.com/wwnEHjkQzp
— OG Vince (@PrinceV966) September 17, 2017
And others continued to clamor for Peterman.
after today, i’m officially off the tyrod wagon. bring in peterman
— Jerry (@G13Girdlestone) September 17, 2017
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