Derek Anderson visited One Bills Drive on Monday, but the veteran quarterback still does not have a contract with the team.
“Nothing’s final at the present moment,” Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said late Monday afternoon.
The more McDermott talked, though, the more it sounded like adding Anderson to the quarterback room is still a distinct possibility.
“First and foremost, he’s a team-first guy,” McDermott said. “A guy that’s been around, whether as a team-first guy or as a backup, a lot of football over the years. He’s got a good outlook on the game from an offensive standpoint and understands defenses. So there’s just a lot of value to it for where we are right now in terms of that quarterback room and two young quarterbacks that have been in that room.”
McDermott and Bills General Manager Brandon Beane were with Anderson in Carolina, and they know how he works with young quarterbacks.
“I think highly of Derek, having been around him in Carolina and how he not only played, but also was a primary backup for us and helped Cam (Newton) in his learning curve,” McDermott said. "He’s a good quarterback that has played and also backed up, so he’s got some good wisdom stored up in that brain.”
If Anderson signs, it calls into question Nathan Peterman’s status. McDermott was asked how many quarterbacks he would be willing to keep on the 53-man roster.
“We’ll see. I’m comfortable with two, but I’m also comfortable with three,” he said. “Sometimes your hand gets forced from a numbers standpoint. But overall, I’d like to keep three if we can keep three, if we get that far. Again, I just feel like the vision on that would be just the wisdom behind what (Anderson) brings to the table.”
McDermott said the Bills would like to have a veteran presence in every room.
“It’s important … that you have a veteran player that offers a great example not only on the field, but off the field, as well, to what it should look like,” he said. We’re not there from a roster standpoint yet to be able to do that in every room potentially, but that’s the vision for the roster and in this case, for the quarterback room.”
Rookie starter Josh Allen has struggled in the last two games. He finished 10 of 19 for just 82 yards and one interception in Sunday’s 13-12 win over the Tennessee Titans at New Era Field. McDermott said “nothing’s changed” in the organization’s development plan for Allen.
“Brandon and I always talk about how we can improve and we’re always looking at every angle that we can take to improve our roster and our football team overall,” McDermott said. “This was just another area that we’ve discussed, and we just felt like potentially it could be the right time for us. Timing’s a big piece of things – sometimes, you want to do things sooner but you’re not able to. There’s just a lot that goes on with making moves.”
It was announced Monday that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will receive the National Quarterback Club Legacy Recognition Award in January in a ceremony in Arizona.
The National Quarterback Club seeks out and honors quarterbacks for contributions made after retiring from football.
“In these cases, the men that their communities have come to know and love, and the works of their generosity and compassion are sincere and inspirational,” according to a press release announcing Kelly’s honor. “Their ongoing legacy is worthy of additional recognition in a manner that showcases the man beyond the player.”
Safeties Micah Hyde (groin) and Rafael Bush (shoulder) will be listed as day to day this week after both missed Sunday’s game. Punter Corey Bojorquez, who suffered a shoulder injury Sunday, is also listed as day to day. He was able to finish the game.
Cornerback Phillip Gaines had the “hot hand” Sunday, according to McDermott, which is why he got the bulk of playing time opposite Tre’Davious White. Ryan Lewis started, but played just 16 snaps, compared to 40 for Gaines.
“We thought Phillip did some good things, Ryan did some good things in the first half, as well,” he said. “Ryan’s done a nice job and Phillip came out and had an impact on the game, as well. It’s just a matter of the matchups and what not, and I felt like Phillip got into a rhythm there.”