Peterman leads two scoring drives as Bills beat Lions in preseason finale

Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman (2) throws a pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

BUFFALO, NY. (WIVB) – Rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman led the Bills on scoring drives of 63 and 69 yards as the Bills beat the Lions 27-17 in the preseason finale Thursday night at New Era Field.

On the Bills opening drive Peterman connected with four different receivers — his only incompletion was a pass broken up inside the 10 as he tried to connect with tight end Nick O’Leary on 3rd-and-2.

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Peterman, who has earned praise from Head Coach Sean McDermott for his poise throughout the preseason, continued be a steady presence under center connecting with undrafted rookie Brandon Reilly for a 12 yard gain on 3rd-and-9 to help set up the Bills second score of the night.

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Jonathan Williams capped the drive off with an impressive 21-yard TD run to give Buffalo a 10-0 lead.

Peterman finished the night 9-for-11 for 81 yards before newly signed Keith Wenning took over.

Buffalo led 13-3 at the half.

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The journeyman quarterback manufactured a scoring drive of his own, leading Buffalo down the field with an 11-play 72 yard series, which was capped off with a TD run by Joe Banyard.

Left tackle Cordy Glenn also started and saw action throughout the first quarter — his first this preseason since receiving a shot in his foot during training camp.

Reserve offensive tackle Michael Ola suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return.  Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy left at the end of the first quarter after going helmet-to-helmet with a teammate as he went for a tackle.  He left the game and was being evaluated for head injury.

Sweet Home native and former University at Buffalo standout Jordan Johnson scored on a two yard run in the fourth quarter, his lone touchdown of the preseason, to give the Bills a 27-3 lead.

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With the preseason out of the way, the Bills must now trim their roster from 83 to 53 by Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

Buffalo kicks off the regular season on Sept. 10 when the host the Jets.

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