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NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

Bills starting QB Nathan Peterman Week 1 vs. Ravens - Herbie Teope

The Josh Allen era in Buffalo is officially on hold for now.

The Bills announced Monday morning that Nathan Peterman has been named the starting quarterback.

Peterman joined Buffalo in 2017 as a fifth-round pick and appeared in four games during his rookie campaign, going 1-1 in two starts.

He led the Bills during this past preseason in yards passing (431), completion percentage (80.4) and passer rating (124.7), adding three touchdowns with an interception en route to winning the job. The Bills were apparently comfortable enough with Peterman to trade quarterback AJ McCarron over the weekend to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick.

Buffalo currently has the best odds of being awarded the #1 pick in the 2019 NFL draft at 7-2.

PFF’s 2018 NFL All-Preseason Team - Gordon McGuinness

INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

Michael Pierce, Baltimore Ravens91.1

While Atkins and McCoy make the team based on their work as pass-rushers, Pierce makes it for his dominance against the run. So tough for opposing offensive lines to move, Pierce anchored the Ravens run defense and finished the preseason with three tackles resulting in a defensive stop, good for a 14.3 run-stop percentage.

Pierce was joined on the defensive front by the Myles Garrett and Jamie Collins of the Browns as well as Geno Atkins and Carl Lawson of the Bengals.

What We Learned on a Newsier-Than-Usual NFL Roster Cut-Down Day - Albert Breer

A great step forward for Robert Griffin III in his comeback; the Ravens fielded trade calls on Griffin, and decided to carry him on the roster past the cut-down deadline. That shows they see value in him—even if they do wind up dealing him down the line—and that’s significant progress for a guy who many though was done.

It will be interesting to see which quarterbacks the Ravens activate on gameday.