MOBILE, Ala. — Nathan Peterman is gathering momentum at the Senior Bowl, earning praise from outside analysts and drawing interest from several NFL teams.
Peterman confirmed Wednesday that he had a long meeting with the New Orleans Saints, and while no one’s ready to say he’s the next Drew Brees, comparisons are being drawn.
“I’ve studied his game and he has great anticipation and ball placement,” said Peterman, a former Tennessee and Pittsburgh quarterback who has shown the same sort of attributes through his first two practices at Ladd Stadium.
“Peterman was the most consistently accurate of all the quarterbacks here,” said ESPN’s Todd McShay, who highlighted Peterman’s performance in his pay-site article.
“He’s decisive, moves through his progressions well and gets the ball out on time.”
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Peterman, who spent his first three years in Knoxville with the Vols before finishing up with the Panthers, said leadership is his strongest attribute.
“I think the first thing that is the most important for a quarterback is that you can make the guys around you better and you can lead that team and go score and win games, and I think I do that well,” Peterman said after Wednesday’s North team practice, led by the Chicago Bears staff.
“I think I have good anticipation, great accuracy good decision-making, but it starts with being able to lead the team.”
Peterman, who led the Panthers to wins over ACC champion Clemson and Big Ten champ Penn State, said there are areas he plans to improve leading up to Saturday’s Senior Bowl game (TV: NFL Network, 2:30 p.m. ET).
“Some little things with footwork, and going back to the season, I think I can extend the play a little bit more,” Peterman said. “Those Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger type of things, and I think that’s when big plays come.”
Who has eyes on Peterman?
The Chicago media in Mobile to keep up with the Bears have liked what they’ve seen from Peterman, too. One went so far as to mention him as a “sleeper target” in the draft for the Bears.
NFL analyst Charles Davis said Peterman is creating a “deserved, increased buzz” with his play at Ladd Stadium.
QB Nate Peterman of Pitt is drawing deserved, increased buzz @seniorbowl – Long process, expect his momentum to continue as Draft approaches
— Charles Davis (@CFD22) January 25, 2017
Peterman is taking it all in stride.
“It’s still me and a bunch of guys trying to get to know each other better on the field before the game,” Peterman said. “I’m just looking forward to being able to lead the guys and have fun with it ,and be accurate.”
Former Tennessee and Pitt QB Nathan Peterman and Alabama TE O.J. Howard
Posted by SEC Country on Monday, January 23, 2017