|No. 2 – Buffalo Bills|
|Date of birth:||May 4, 1994|
|Place of birth:||Jacksonville, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||St. Johns (FL) Bartram Trail|
|NFL Draft:||2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 171|
|Career NFL statistics|
Nathan Michael Peterman (born May 4, 1994) is an American football quarterback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tennessee before transferring to Pittsburgh, and was drafted in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Bills.
Peterman attended Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns, Florida. While at Bartram Trail, he played for the Bears football team. As a senior, he passed for 2,392 yards and 36 touchdowns. Peterman was rated as a four-star recruit and committed to the University of Tennessee to play college football under head coach Derek Dooley.
In 2012, Peterman redshirted his first year at Tennessee. After the Vanderbilt game, Dooley was fired as head coach.
After his redshirt year, Peterman's head coach was Butch Jones. Peterman would be one of the three main backup quarterbacks as Justin Worley would win the starting job in the offseason. Peterman made his collegiate debut in a home game at Neyland Stadium against Austin Peay in relief of Worley in a 45-0 victory. He was 4-of-8 passing for 28 yards against the Governors. After the Oregon game, where Tennessee was defeated by a score of 59-14, Worley was benched in favor of Peterman. Peterman made his first career start against Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. He was injured in the game and was eventually benched for Worley during the game after completing 4-of-11 passes for only five yards and two interceptions. The injury ended up being a broken hand. Overall, Peterman appeared in four games that season, completing 10 of 23 passes for 45 yards and the two interceptions.
As a sophomore in 2014, he remained behind Worley on the depth chart. He played in seven games and made one start, which came against Alabama at Neyland Stadium, after Worley was injured against Ole Miss. Despite getting the start, Joshua Dobbs would relive Peterman in the game. Dobbs would start the next game against South Carolina and would keep the job for the rest of the season. Peterman would make one last appearance as a member of the Volunteers against Kentucky. In relief of Dobbs in the 50-16 victory, Peterman finished the game. He completed 10-of-20 passes for 49 yards on the 2014 season.
Peterman transferred to the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Under new head coach Pat Narduzzi, Peterman entered the season as the backup to Chad Voytik, but replaced him as the starter after two games. In his first start, he completed 20-of-29 passes for 219 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against Iowa. He kept the starting job for the rest of the year, completing 193-of-314 passes for 2,287 yards, 20 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
Peterman returned as a starter his senior year in Pittsburgh. Peterman had a career day against eventual National Champions Clemson on November 12. He threw for 308 yards and five touchdowns in the 43-42 victory. Pittsburgh's victory would be Clemson's only loss of the season. He threw for 2,855 yards with 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
Peterman was brought in to compete for the Bills' backup quarterback position, along with veteran free agent acquisition T.J. Yates and 2016 fourth-round selection Cardale Jones. After Jones was traded to the Los Angeles Chargers, Peterman outplayed Yates in the preseason and won the battle for second-string quarterback. Following the third preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, Peterman became the only healthy quarterback for the Bills as starter Tyrod Taylor and Yates both sustained concussions in the game. This left open the possibility of Peterman starting for the team in Week 1, but Taylor recovered in time and was able to start Week 1 against the New York Jets. Had Peterman started the game, he would have been the second-lowest-drafted quarterback to start his NFL debut since the NFL-AFL merger.
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