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Nathan Peterman
No. 2 – Buffalo Bills
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1994-05-04) May 4, 1994 (age 24)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Johns (FL) Bartram Trail
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 171
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Pass completions: 24
Pass attempts: 49
TDINT: 2–5
Passing yards: 252
Percentage: 49.0
Passer rating: 38.4
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

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. He was drafted by the Bills in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Peterman attended Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns, Florida.[1] 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.[2][3]

College career[edit]

University of Tennessee[edit]

In 2012, Peterman redshirted in first year at Tennessee. After the Vanderbilt game, Dooley was fired as head coach.[4]

After his redshirt freshman year, Peterman's head coach was Butch Jones.[5] Peterman was one of the three backup quarterbacks as Justin Worley won 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.[6] After the Oregon game at Autzen Stadium, where Tennessee was defeated by a score of 59–14,[7] Worley was benched in favor of Peterman. Peterman made his first career start against Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.[8] 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.[9] The injury ended up being a broken hand.[10] Overall, Peterman appeared in four games that season, completing 10-of-23 passes for 45 yards and two interceptions.[11]

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 in the 34–3 loss to Ole Miss. Despite getting the start, Joshua Dobbs relieved Peterman in the game.[12] Dobbs started the next game against South Carolina[13] and kept the job for the rest of the season. Peterman made one last appearance as a member of the Volunteers against Kentucky. In relief of Dobbs in the 50–16 victory, Peterman finished the game.[14] He completed 10-of-20 passes for 49 yards on the 2014 season.[15]

University of Pittsburgh[edit]

Peterman transferred as a graduate transfer in 3 years to the University of Pittsburgh in 2015.[16][17] 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.[18] In his first start, he completed 20-of-29 passes for 219 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against Iowa.[19] 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.[20]

Peterman returned as a starter his senior year in Pittsburgh.[21] Peterman had a career day against the eventual National Champion Clemson Tigers on November 12. He threw for 308 yards and five touchdowns in the 43–42 victory. Pittsburgh's victory was Clemson's only loss of the season.[22] He threw for 2,855 yards with 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.[23][24]

Year School Games Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int
2013 Tennessee 3 10 23 43.5 45 0 2
2014 Tennessee 6 10 20 50 49 0 0
2015 Pittsburgh 13 193 313 61.7 2,287 20 8
2016 Pittsburgh 13 185 306 60.5 2,855 27 7
Career 39 398 662 60.1 5,236 47 17

Professional career[edit]

On November 16, 2016, it was announced that Peterman accepted an invitation to play in the 2017 Senior Bowl.[25] During Senior Bowl practices, Peterman impressed scouts and media in attendance after he displayed his decent size, accuracy, mobility, and his powerful arm. He met with representatives from the New Orleans Saints during the week and was praised by NFL analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis.[26] On January 28, 2017, Peterman played in the Senior Bowl and completed 16 of 23 pass attempt for 153-yards and a touchdown during the North 16–15 loss to the South. Peterman played for Chicago Bears head coach John Fox's North team during the game.[27] Peterman was one of 15 collegiate quarterbacks who received an invitation to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed the majority of combine drills, but opted to skip the bench press. Peterman's performance was mediocre, as he finished fifth among quarterbacks in the three-cone drill, seventh in the 40-yard dash and tied for sixth in the vertical jump and short shuttle.[28]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
226 lb
(103 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 78 in
(0.25 m)
4.82 s 1.67 s 2.80 s 4.31 s 7.14 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 2 in
(2.79 m)
All values from NFL Combine[30]

The Buffalo Bills selected Peterman in fifth round (171st) of the 2017 NFL Draft, being the eighth quarterback selected.[31][32]

He was brought in to compete for the Bills' backup quarterback position along with T. J. Yates and Cardale Jones. Peterman performed well enough to win the backup quarterback job after Jones was traded to the Los Angeles Chargers.[33] 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,[34] but Taylor recovered in time to start the season opener against the New York Jets.[35] Had Peterman started the game, he would have been the second-lowest-drafted rookie quarterback to start a season opener since the NFL-AFL merger.[36] During Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints, he made his NFL debut with less than five minutes left in the game. With the Bills trailing 47–3, Peterman led a scoring drive completing 7 of 10 passes for 79 yards and one touchdown as the Bills lost by a score of 47–10. His first career touchdown pass was a 7-yard pass to tight end Nick O'Leary.[37][38][39]

On November 15, 2017, Peterman was named the Bills' starting quarterback for the team's Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Chargers after struggles from Taylor.[40] During the game, Peterman threw five interceptions in the first half and was relieved by Taylor.[41] Peterman's five interceptions tied an NFL record for the most thrown in a player's first career start.[42] Due to Taylor having suffered a knee injury in Week 13, Peterman started the Week 14 game against the Indianapolis Colts. During the game, which was played in a snowstorm, he completed 5 of 10 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game in the third quarter with a concussion.[43][44] The Bills won in overtime by a score of 13–7.[44]

On January 7, 2018, Peterman entered the Bills' Wild Card Round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with 1:43 remaining in the 4th quarter after Taylor suffered a concussion. He managed to convert two first downs for the Buffalo offense before throwing a crucial interception to Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, thus sealing the 10–3 win for Jacksonville and ending the Bills' season.[45][46]


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