PITTSFORD – It was all AJ McCarron getting the starting quarterback reps Sunday for the Buffalo Bills on the fourth day of training camp at St. John Fisher College.
The fifth-year veteran looked to make the most of it, too, starting 11-on-11 work with two completions, one to tight end Charles Clay and one to Rod Streater (who then fumbled). McCarron’s second session saw him go 3 for 4, although the completions were of the shorter variety (to Clay, tight end Logan Thomas and running back Chris Ivory). McCarron’s final pass during the second session was batted down at the line of scrimmage by Eddie Yarbrough.
The third full-team session was aimed at the offense getting into field-goal range. McCarron accomplished that, and possibly more. He opened with a swing pass to LeSean McCoy, then hooked up with Clay for another completion over the middle. After a scramble and a run by McCoy, McCarron eluded pressure to complete another short throw to McCoy, who had a step on rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. The play went for a big gain, and may have been a touchdown.
Nathan Peterman was with the second string Sunday. He threw just once during the first session of 11-on-11 work, missing rookie receiver Robert Foster over the middle. Foster had a step on the closest defender.
Peterman bounced back in the second session, going 4 for 4. The best of those was a completion to tight end Jason Croom. Peterman got the Bills into field-goal range in the final segment, completing consecutive passes to tight end Khari Lee with crisp throws.
Rookie Josh Allen, who had mixed in with the starters the past couple days, was exclusively with the third team. He also got off to a tough start, then rebounded during the second session. After two incompletions to start team work – one off the hands of Kaelin Clay that probably could have been caught and one on an attempted slant to Austin Proehl – Allen completed the best pass of the day during the second session. He stood tall in the pocket and fired a bomb down the left sideline to Foster. He followed that up with another strong throw to rookie Cam Phillips on a comeback route, and hit Proehl on a screen.
Allen’s attempt at getting the Bills into field-goal range wasn’t as successful. He misfired twice intended for Foster, and scrambled on his only other dropback.