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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Is Josh Allen now the favorite to start at QB?

The most popular question in this week's Bills Mailbag was some variation of whether rookie Josh Allen's promising performance in the first two preseason games has earned him an opportunity to start the next exhibition game and play his way into becoming the opening day starter.

"In short, yes, I would start Josh Allen against Cincinnati in Week 3 of the preseason. I thought Allen looked terrific Friday night against the Browns," Bills beat reporter Jay Skurski responded, before conceding he's "not convinced the Bills are quite ready to start Allen in Week 1 of the regular season, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he gets time with the starters against the Bengals. Another performance like the one he had against the Browns could make it difficult for the coaching staff to keep him on the bench."

Vic Carucci's analysis: "There is no need to delay the inevitable. Allen is the Bills’ most talented quarterback and the most talented player at any position should be on the field from the start of the season."

QB guru Jim Kubiak's take: "Josh Allen was impressive as he demonstrated his ability to execute at a very high level with the first unit. ... He was able to see and recognize coverage, as well as “kill” several plays, which enabled the Bills to adjust their scheme at the line of scrimmage. This is high level activity for a first-round pick in his second preseason game."

Ratings hit: The Bills' 19-17 victory over the Browns on Friday night had a 23.8 rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7) from 7:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., making it easily the highest-rated program of the summer here, Alan Pergament reports.

Inside the Bills: Skurski explains how the Bills' in-house media department was able to gain uncommon access for the "Embedded" series that debuted Wednesday on Facebook Watch.



Veteran CB to visit BillsFree agent cornerback Kayvon Webster will begin visiting teams next week with Buffalo among his planned destinations, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Webster previously played for the Broncos and the Rams.

Punter injury: Backup punter Cory Carter suffered a torn ACL in his plant leg Friday night against the Cleveland Browns, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.


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