Entering the 2017 NFL Season, the Buffalo Bills have plenty of decisions to make before the start of the season. With training camp and the preseason now just around the corner, it will be interesting to see how these on and off the field decisions are made and what effect they are likely to have on the short term future in Buffalo.
As it pertains to the team’s roster for the upcoming season, decisions are quickly looming with roster cuts and depth chart moves likely to come. Beginning a new series for the next couple of weeks, we will take a look each day at a positional group on the Buffalo Bills roster and what the outlook appears to be as well as make our own predictions on how things will turn out.
Starting off the series today, we will take a look at what the future holds for the Buffalo Bills at the quarterback position.
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From the current view, the quarterback position looks to be set at the top of the depth chart. Unless Tyrod Taylor has an absolutely awful preseason and training camp, he will be the Buffalo Bills starter when the team opens up the regular season. Below him though, that is where things get a bit more hairy with three players all fighting for the number two role on the depth chart.
Starter: Tyrod Taylor
While Tyrod has the starting position now, this is something that could change at any time during the season. A controversial figure for many fans of the Bills, Tyrod has been criticized and praised by different branches of the Bills Nation. That said, he is still locked in as the starter and will be set to begin the season on top of the depth chart.
Second String: Nathan Peterman
Despite being a mid-round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills, Nathan Peterman has been the name on many minds when thinking about potential depth chart upsets. A rising player during the draft process, it will be interesting to see how well Peterman plays once he gets a chance at the NFL Level.
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However, while some believe that Peterman has a chance to unseat Tyrod as the Bills starter, I have my own doubts. In the end, Peterman is a strong second string option that the coaching staff will use should Tyrod struggle during the early part of the campaign.
Third String: Cardale Jones
The battle for the third string quarterback spot is likely to be the biggest camp battle at the position. Second year player Cardale Jones struggled last season in his one game of action with the team. That said, many still have high hopes for the player, believing him to just be raw in nature.
With his status as a young player though and a chance to still develop, Jones is likely retained as the third quarterback. However, should the Bills coaching staff only go with two quarterbacks this season, Jones will either be placed on the practice squad or be one of the last players cut.
Cut: T.J. Yates
A veteran backup, Yates is not really an option to make the roster. Considerably weak in many areas of his game, Yates is a potential option down the line once injuries hit. While he will be out of a job, don’t bank on him being a free agent for the entire campaign.