The Buffalo Bills benched third-year starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor and will start rookie fifth-round pick Nathan Peterman on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, coach Sean McDermott announced Wednesday.

"As I continually evaluate our roster and our goal to become better, I've decided to start Nate Peterman as our quarterback this week," McDermott said. "I remain confident in Tyrod Taylor and his ability to help our football team moving forward."

Peterman replaced Taylor with less than five minutes remaining in Sunday's 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints, although McDermott said after the game that Taylor was still the starter.

"Tyrod was our starter when you asked me that question both Sunday and again on Monday," McDermott said Wednesday. "Just like I do every week, I continue to evaluate our team, continue to evaluate our situation. I thought about it, slept on it, and I felt like that we needed to move in a different direction at this time and made a decision Tuesday morning.

"Tyrod and I met [Tuesday]. Tyrod is a competitor. He is a professional. He was certainly disappointed yet very professional in the way the conversation went and the way he's handled it to this point, and I would expect the same moving forward."

Taylor, a team captain, said he was "obviously disappointed" with McDermott's decision.

"I don't agree with the decision, but ultimately Coach McDermott has a vision for this team, what he feels is best for the team, as well as the owners and GM," Taylor said. "So I have to move forward and continue to be the leader and teammate that I am from a different role."

The crowd at New Era Field cheered the quarterback change Sunday. Taylor completed nine of 18 passes for 56 yards, one interception and a career-low 33.6 passer rating despite the Bills' debut of receiver Kelvin Benjamin and the return of tight end Charles Clay from a monthlong absence because of a knee injury