JUST IN: Saints Fans Furious Over the signing of one player

Fans weren’t excited when the New Orleans Saints signed Nathan Peterman, but he is a perfect backup for Derek Carr.

Was Nathan Peterman really the NFL's worst ever starting quarterback? -  SBNation.com

The New Orleans Saints’ hiring of quarterback Nathan Peterman is widely regarded as an unimpressive move. The eighth-year quarterback has never thrown for more than two touchdowns in a single season and is notorious for gift-wrapping interceptions to opposition defenses. After all, he threw five interceptions in the first half of his first start against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 11 of his Buffalo Bills rookie season.

So, why did the Saints sign Nathan Peterman?

The Saints didn’t sign him to fill in for an often-injured signal caller; they signed him to bridge the gap between established starter Derek Carr and new quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko.

Janocko and Peterman have spent the last two seasons together in Chicago, where they developed a rapport. After making one start as Justin Fields’ backup in 2022, the Bears signed undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent as a backup. Peterman was eventually demoted to third string and became more of an extension of the coaching staff than a stand-in backup.

Peterman and Janocko were essential in Fields’ development during the last two seasons, as well as Bagent’s rookie season, with the quarterback functioning as his right-hand man on the inside.

How can Nathan Peterman help Derek Carr?

With a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach comes a shift in strategy. This means Derek Carr will be put into his second different scheme in as many years as the Saints’ primary signal-caller, and the reads he must make will change.

Peterman, a seasoned veteran with only three less years under his belt than Carr, will continue to provide a quarterback’s perspective on Janocko’s teaching and convey that to Carr. His function as clipboard holder will be more of an extension of the offensive coaching staff than anything else. A quarterback’s eyes on the sidelines will keep Janocko and Carr on the same page.

These implications aren’t restricted to Carr; Taysom Hill will gain a better grasp of how he’ll be used, and second-year player Jake Haener will now have assistance from three separate sources. The entire quarterback room will benefit from Peterman wearing black and gold.

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