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[BN] Blitz newsletter: The Josh Allen Era could begin Sunday

Bills coach Sean McDermott claims he's just "staying with the rotation," but the most notable development in the Bills' quarterback competition unfolded Monday when the team announced rookie Josh Allen will start the third and most-important preseason game.

The announcement was noteworthy for two reasons: First, the Bills have been secretive about their starting QB thus far through the preseason, waiting until gameday to publicly name the starter. Second, this appears to be the first chance any of the team's three quarterbacks have had to actually lock down the starting role.

If Allen has a solid performance against the Bengals Sunday in the third preseason game, which is generally treated as the dress rehearsal for the real thing, he could effectively stake claim to the team's opening-day job. And like a team looking to lock up a playoff berth, Allen now controls his own destiny and will remain the Bills' starter for as many days, weeks, or years as his play warrants the position.

The timing of the announcement was also interesting. By naming the starter on Monday, McDermott will essentially allow the Bengals' starting defense to spend all week preparing for Allen. That, too, seems like a test: If Allen can beat a defense that knows what's coming, that'll be a sign he's ready for the real thing.

Bills rookie Tremaine Edmunds dealing with the weight of lofty expectations: The expectations for the Bills' first-round linebacker are high, but "if the first two preseason games have taught us anything," Jay Skurski wrote, "it's that those expectations need to be kept in check."

What He Said: Go through the transcript of Sean McDermott's press conference on the QB situation, Tremaine Edmunds, Andy Dalton and more.


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