Kelvin Benjamin: Peterman didn’t play like a rookie

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(Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman — Doug McFarland photo)

ORCHARD PARK – First things first, Kelvin Benjamin did not say Nathan Peterman should be his starting quarterback.

Nonetheless, Benjamin, like the rookie signal caller, was playing in his first game with the Bills (5-4) during their 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints (7-2) on Sunday. After things got out of hand, Peterman replaced starter Tyrod Taylor (9/18, 56 pass yards, TD) and had decent numbers: 7-for-10, 79 passing yards and a touchdown.

Benjamin was the target who benefited the most from the switch. Taylor hit Benjamin with a nine yard pass on the second play of the game but that’s it. It was Taylor’s lone pass to a wide out in the game.

Peterman, in far less playing time, found Benjamin twice, including a 21-yard completion. Benjamin’s three grabs for 42 yards led the Bills.

Benjamin said following Sunday’s game that based on Peterman’s performance, he didn’t realize it was his first time playing in a regular season game.

“(Peterman) came in very poised. I didn’t even know that it was his first time stepping on the field. He came in very poised and played pretty good,” Benjamin said.

On his late grabs, Benjamin said he was still putting the effort out on the field for his new fans.

“Yeah it was cool, it was cool. I think it was more of just letting the fans know that we didn’t quit,” Benjamin said.

But, having mentioned all that, Benjamin said next week against the Los Angeles Chargers (3-6) is a new day for the offense, including Taylor.

“It’s football, you know what I’m saying? It can go good for you and it can go bad for you. At the end of the day, you’ve got to move on. Correct the mistakes and we’ve got another opportunity next week,” Benjamin said.

The Bills will have off on Tuesday before returning to the practice field on Wednesday to prepare for the Chargers.


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