Fromm leads Payments’ game-winning drive in debut


DETROIT — For the primary time in his temporary NFL profession, Buffalo Bills quarterback Jake Fromm took a snap with an opposing staff on the opposite facet of the road of scrimmage.

The 2020 fifth-round decide noticed his first NFL motion Friday in Buffalo’s 16-15 win over the Detroit Lions, main a 74-yard scoring drive that led to a game-winning area objective by Tyler Bass.

Fromm accomplished 8-of-13 passes for 65 yards, together with a 42-yard completion to rookie Marquez Stevenson on 4th-and-10 throughout that ultimate drive. After spending his rookie season because the Payments’ emergency quarterback, the Georgia product did not shrink with the sport on the road.

“He is been in these moments earlier than,” Payments coach Sean McDermott mentioned, referencing Fromm’s Georgia profession. “And he simply does not appear to be fazed in these moments.”

Buffalo drafted Fromm 167th total in 2020, and he spent coaching camp performing regular quarterback duties earlier than finally making the ultimate 53-man roster behind Josh Allen and Matt Barkley.

From there, his day by day routine was something however regular; the Payments made Fromm their emergency quarterback — which means he practiced individually from the staff and remained socially distanced from his teammates inside their Orchard Park facility.

“It was positively only a very attention-grabbing 5 to 6 months for me. I’ve by no means gone by means of something like that,” Fromm mentioned. “It was positively very, very powerful, and really, very lonely at instances, however I stored going again to my religion and my household. And figuring out I used to be gonna see them quickly and figuring out that hopefully, all this can repay at some point.

“I wished to be prepared and actually I confirmed as much as work each day and mentioned, ‘Hey let’s go, be prepared. That is the place I am at, that is the place my ft are at, let’s go give it 100% and provides it my all.'”

Fromm mentioned he had Friday’s recreation marked on his calendar “for some time” and credited the Payments’ practices at Highmark Stadium for serving to him modify to the velocity of play within the NFL.

His efficiency in restricted motion additionally made an impression on his teammates, significantly quarterback Davis Webb — who complimented Fromm’s potential to shake off a pair of sacks earlier within the recreation to bounce again when it mattered most.

“It was cool to see Jake get in there and throw that deep one to Speedy, for each of them of their first recreation within the NFL,” Webb mentioned. “Generally a few performs aren’t going to go your method. I would not put that on Jake the primary couple drives, there’s lots of issues that go into that. However I’ll placed on Jake, he got here in clutch.”

The Payments journey to Chicago subsequent week to play the Bears of their second preseason recreation.

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