Former Bills quarterback rips Nathan Peterman for constant interceptions, suggests he kept his job because he's white

  • Former Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel criticized current Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman for being turnover prone.
  • Manuel wrote that he never had as many multiple-interception games as Peterman.
  • Manuel, who is currently unsigned, suggested that Peterman has kept his job because he is a white quarterback.


Former Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel took to social media on Sunday to air some grievances about the play of current Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman.

Peterman got the start for the Bills against the Chicago Bears on Sunday and continued struggling to move the ball. Peterman threw three interceptions, including a pick-six (though, to be fair, they weren't all completely his fault) as the Bills scored just nine points, their third straight week under 10 points.

In 130 total pass attempts for his career, Peterman now has 12 interceptions, 3 touchdowns, and has completed just 54% of his passes for 4.2 yards per attempt.

On Sunday, Manuel posted on Instagram, writing that he never had so many multiple-interception games in his career. Manuel, who is unsigned after playing for the Oakland Raiders last year, suggested that Peterman still has a job because he is white while Manuel is African-American.

"I usually never open up about my situation in Buffalo, but the fact that this guy has had multiple games with 4-plus interceptions … and I still don’t have a job in the league? UNREAL," Manuel wrote. "Say what you want about me, but never have I EVER done that. Forget a learning curve, I didn't get the luxury of being able to use that excuse. I wonder why."

The post was later deleted.

Manuel played five years in the NFL, appearing in 30 games and starting 18 of them, including 17 with the Bills. For his career, Manuel completed 58% of his passes for an average of 125 yards per game, 6.4 yards per attempt, with 20 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He posted a 77 career passer rating vs. Peterman's 32.5.

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills watches as trainers attend to Chris Ivory #33 (not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at New Era Field on November 4, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Chicago defeats Buffalo 41-9. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at New Era Field on November 4, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills is sacked by Aaron Lynch #99 of the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter during NFL game action at New Era Field on November 4, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman (2) prepares for the football game between the Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans on October 14, 2018 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman (2) throws the ball away from his own endzone to avoid the sack as Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) and Houston Texans linebacker Benardrick McKinney (55) apply pressure during the football game between the Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans on October 14, 2018 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 09: Baltimore Ravens defensive back Eric Weddle (32) hits Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman (2) as he throws the ball during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens on September 9, 2018, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Buffalo Bills, 47-3. (Photo by Icon Sportswire)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 09: Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Wormley (93) brings down Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman (2) for a sac during a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens on September 9, 2018, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD. The Ravens defeated the Bills, 47-3. (Photo by Icon Sportswire)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 26: Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills surveys the defense before the snap during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at New Era Field on August 26, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Cincinnati defeats Buffalo 26-13 in the preseason matchup. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 9: Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills looks to pass in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 09: Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills passes the ball during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at New Era Field on August 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Carolina defeats Buffalo in the preseason game 28-23. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Billsis brought down by Margus Hunt #92 of the Indianapolis Colts following a run during the first quarter at New Era Field on December 10, 2017 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Indianapolis in overtime 13-7. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills is walked off the field by trainers during the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field on December 10, 2017 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Indianapolis in overtime 13-7. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills walks out of the tunnel out of uniform before the game against the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field on December 17, 2017 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Miami 24-16. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass during the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center on November 19, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 26: Quarterback Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills fumbles against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half during a preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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SB Nation's Tyler Tynes noted that Manuel had spoken before about the difference between black and white quarterbacks, saying the leash is longer for white quarterbacks.

"The leash isn't as long (as white quarterbacks)," Manuel told Tynes. "You have to take advantage of those opportunities when you get them. People are always a little critical toward (black quarterbacks), but it comes with the territory."

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