Tyrod Taylor benched ahead of Bills' Week 11 matchup

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Tyrod Taylor is being benched in Buffalo in favor of rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman, according to Bills Wire.

Buffalo has lost two straight with Taylor overseeing an offense that ranks 28th in the National Football League in yards and 30th in yards passing. And that reality - qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 1999 - played a role in first-year coach Sean McDermott's decision to turn to Peterman.

Peterman saw action in relief of Taylor in Buffalo's 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 10, and Week 11 will mark the first start of his career. Taylor, meanwhile, was 9 of 18 for 58 yards and an interception before he was pulled.

Taylor, Pro Football Focus' ninth rated quarterback (ahead of Matthew Stafford, Dak Prescott, Derek Carr and Ben Roethlisberger this season) and ESPN's 19th-best by Total Quarterback Rating (ahead of Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco, Philip Rivers and Josh McCown), now has a career-high 64.2 completion percentage and is on pace for roughly the same 20-touchdown, six-interception season he had in 2015.

It's been hard to process for many players who have staunchly defended Taylor from seemingly never ending criticism. LB Preston Brown leads the Bills with 70 tackles, but he suffered through one of his worst games last week. Something as a team we have to learn from. "Just a bad game overall".

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"I've been impressed with the maturity from Nathan Peterman", McDermott said. "That said, he has a lot of work to do, just like we all do".

Pressed on why he thought the switch was made, Taylor told reporters to " "ask coach McDermott".

"I don't agree with the decision", Taylor said in his initial statement to the media, while also adding that he was disappointed by what the Bills chose to do. Broncos general manager John Elway should have Paxton Lynch start the team's final games of 2017 to get a longer look at his former first-round pick. Nothing is promised to anyone. "We know we have the talent to go out there and compete with anyone". [Even] I've got to earn my spot. "We're not playing well, from (Tyrod Taylor) to me, guys up front, other playmakers, we're not playing well".

Many people suspected before the season that the Bills were tanking after trading several big-name players.