The Buffalo Bills Quarterback Situation

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The Buffalo Bills quarterback situation is getting worse and worse since the start of the 2018/19 NFL season. The Bills decided to trade AJ McCarron to the Oakland Raiders during the offseason and elected to go with Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman as the quarterbacks for the Bills this year.

Josh Allen as Quarterback

Josh Allen performed well enough as a rookie but didn’t have noticeable talent around him. Unfortunately, he suffered an elbow injury in Week 6 while playing against the Houston Texans and it could be a long-term issue as well. Josh Allen suffered an injury to his UCL (ulnar collateral ligament). For those that are unaware, a UCL injury is essentially known as a Tommy John surgery that is common for baseball pitchers.

Obviously, Tommy John is extremely rare for a quarterback in the NFL, but it’s not unheard of. Jake Delhomme elected to go for the Tommy John surgery, while Carson Palmer decided against it. Even Terry Bradshaw had an elbow injury towards the end of his career.

The main reason to be concerned about Josh Allen was due to a video that surfaced of the Buffalo quarterback during Sunday’s match while he was attended by professional staff who were poking his elbow. This caused him immense pain which caused Allen to drop to his knees on the sidelines.

The Bills already decided to go with another quarterback in Week 7, but if Allen suffered severe UCL damage and needs surgery on his elbow, there’s a good chance that he’ll miss the entire 2018/19 season of NFL. There’s already a big concern that he will miss weeks of NFL action due this his recent injury.

Taking a few weeks to recover after a UCL tear is actually quite impressive when you consider that the downside to the surgery would see Allen miss most of the 2019 season as well.

Nathan Peterman as Quarterback

Buffalo fans are panicking as well as there are several less enthusiastic responses in terms of Nathan Peterman starting as the quarterback in Week 7 against the Colts, especially after his appearance against Houston which resulted in a pick six that managed to snuff out Buffalo’s chances of winning.

Nathan Peterman has been the topic of loads of mocking since his appearance and currently only has 82 career passes to his name. From the 82 career passes, he has managed to throw a total of 10 interceptions. Peterman’s regular season interception percentage is only 11.4. That means that Peterman throws interceptions on more than 11% of his passes. For Buffalo veterans, its completely understandable that they don’t want to continue losing this season, especially when Peterman is throwing picks in every single game.

The Bills currently has one of the worst offenses in the NFL, regardless of who they place under centre. Buffalo is going to struggle to post points going forward, especially with the current quarterback situation they need to deal with. Their current record is 2-4, but this will undoubtedly worsen as the season unfolds.