Nathan Peterman’s first NFL start will long live in infamy. Fourteen pass attempts against the Los Angeles Chargers. Sixty-six passing yards. And five interceptions.
However, the assumption that the battle to start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills in 2018 is a two-way race between free-agent acquisition AJ McCarron and rookie first-rounder Josh Allen may be off the mark.
Per Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News,cheap nfl jersey store Peterman has gotten his fair share of first-team reps in OTAs—and he intends to make the most of them.
“We’ve all been out there getting reps,” he said. “It’s OTAs, you’re kind of working with a bunch of guys, which is good. We’ve got so many new guys on our team, so it’s good to get reps with everybody and kind of build chemistry with everybody, because you’ve got to be ready.”
To be fair, Peterman played much better in his second start of last season, throwing the first touchdown pass of his NFL career in a blizzard against the Indianapolis Colts before leaving the game with a concussion.
But it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which Peterman winning the starting job isn’t more an indictment of McCarron and Allen than it is a testament to Peterman’s development in his second season.
Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil was limited to just six games in 2017 because of a neck injury. As Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reported back in January, he partly blamed his injury on the lack of a full offseason to prepare.
“The thing I’m excited about is to actually have an offseason to train because I haven’t had that. I didn’t get that last year and I think that’s part of what contributed to my injury this last season,”nike nfl jerseys sale the 33-year-old five-time Pro Bowler said.
“I didn’t get to start training until right around training camp, like actually football training. I just felt way behind, and I didn’t feel as physically ready for the season as I would have liked to have been.”nfl authentic jerseys china
That hasn’t been the case this year. Kalil, who has announced he plans to retire after the upcoming season, has been a full participant in OTAs. Person’s colleague, Jourdan Rodrigue, wrote that Kalil “looked healthier than he has in a while and moved around well in sled and loose-ball drills” in OTAs.
The Panthers were a playoff team last year, but the offensive line play was shaky—Carolina ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in both run blocking and pass protection, per Football Outsiders.cheap personalized nfl jerseys
A healthy Kalil will go a long way toward shoring up that weakness.