Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez debate why the Lions should and should not tank the rest of the season, and preview Panthers game, Nov. 15, 2018.
Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press

This may just be the first step to the Detroit Lions tanking the rest of the 2018 season.

Ok, we’re only partially kidding, but why else would the Lions work out former Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman?

ESPN’s Field Yates reported Saturday afternoon the franchise worked out Peterman, his first workout since being released Monday by the Bills.

Peterman, a fifth-round pick by Buffalo out of Tennessee in 2017, won a three-man competition for the starting job this preseason, but was benched during Week 1 for rookie Josh Allen. After Allen and backup Derek Anderson were injured, Peterman was again the starter, but was demoted last week in favor of newly signed journeyman Matt Barkley. Buffalo crushed the New York Jets, 41-10, with Barkley at QB.

Peterman appeared in eight games with the Bills, making four starts over two seasons. For his career, he has completed 52.3 percent of his passes (68-for-130) with three touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a passer rating of 32.5.

This season, he has 1 TD and seven INTs in four games (two starts).

The Lions have QBs Matthew Stafford and Matt Cassel on the active 53-man roster, and Jake Rudock on the practice squad.

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