AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes and an interception Tuesday as the Bills worked on red-zone and goal-line offense in training camp at St. John Fisher College.
McCarron, playing with the second team, had the most eventful and most effective work of the three quarterbacks. Nathan Peterman worked with the first team and Josh Allen the third. But Allen got five snaps with the starters in 11-on-11 work.
Working with the starters probably is a net disadvantage in the QB competition, at least as it relates to the number of completions and TDs. While the starter gets to work with LeSean McCoy and Kelvin Benjamin, the Bills first-team defense is the strength of the team. It's harder to make plays against the Bills' defensive "ones."
McCarron was 4 of 6 in 11-on-11 drills. His first TD went to receiver Brandon Reilly, who took advantage of a coverage bust by the second-team defense to get wide open on the left side of the end zone. The second TD was a sharp throw to Charles Clay for 6 yards. His third came on a nifty step-up in a muddy pocket and a strike over the middle to Nick O'Leary, who got a step on Julian Stanford. McCarron also had an interception, on a late throw over the middle that Rafael Bush picked off.
Peterman was 3 of 6. One pass was batted down and another nearly picked off in the back of the end zone by Jordan Poyer (he had one foot out of bounds).
Allen was 1 of 5. However, two of Allen's incompletions were drops (by Ray-Ray McCloud and Benjamin) and one was batted down at the line. Allen's completion was an ill-advised, shot-putted, Joe Kapp-style throw under duress to Marcus Murphy that went for a 5-yard loss. Allen did have a good, 7-yard scramble for a TD.