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Fox analyst Davis gets to assess Allen's footwork improvement on Sunday

This is what I’m thinking:

After the first two highly rated episodes were carried by Buffalo Bills preseason rights-holder WKBW-TV (Channel 7), the third and most eagerly awaited episode of "The Josh Allen Show” airs at 4 p.m. Sunday on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate.

With the Bills’ No. 1 draft choice starting at quarterback, the late Sunday afternoon game against Cincinnati and quarterback Andy Dalton - who is beloved in Buffalo -  is expected to be the highest-rated of the preseason.

It also is a good opportunity to hear what a national announcing team thinks of Allen after the first two games in which Bills great Steve Tasker acted as analyst alongside two different play-by-play men, Rob Stone and Andrew Catalon.

Fox is sending play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt, analyst Charles Davis and old friend Pam Oliver to cover the game. Well before she established herself as a top sideline reporter, Oliver was an anchor and reporter at WIVB-TV (Channel 4).

Burkhardt is best known for his work on the Fox pregame and postgame coverage of major league baseball.

Before moving to NFL games in 2015, Davis was the lead game analyst for Fox’s college football coverage. He is one of Fox’s leading experts on the NFL draft.

Before the draft, Davis appeared on “The Jim Rome Show” and said he would pick USC quarterback Sam Darnold over Allen. The New York Jets did just that.

“I love everything about him,” added Davis of Allen. “He is one of the greatest kids I’ve  ever met.”

Then he questioned his accuracy, a common theme before the draft.

“I still think he is a prime prospect. I do believe Josh Allen has the capability of being a better thrower.”

He added that Allen should work on his footwork, which he expected him to do.

It will be interesting to hear whether Davis sees improvement in Allen’s footwork on Sunday as others already have this preseason.

After an exhaustive investigation, I learned why Channel 7 viewers missed the first two plays run by quarterback Nate Peterman in the Bills’ 19-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns Friday night. OK, it wasn’t that exhaustive. I texted an official of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, who explained PSE is responsible for the breaks featuring the commercials it sells and Channel 7 is responsible for going in and out of local breaks for the commercials it sells. From the description of the break in question, it was a local break that Channel 7 was responsible for. Fortunately, nothing big happened in those plays.

Romance Beat: The top story on Monday’s edition of “Entertainment Tonight” dealt with the breakup of actor Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus, the “Saturday Night Live” producer from Williamsville. They had been dating for more than a year. According to Entertainment Tonight and other dating sites, Affleck has moved on to 22-year-old Playboy model Shauna Sexton.

Inquiring minds want to know: Besides John Murphy and Mary Travers Murphy at Channel 7, what other married couples worked together in local TV news here before Channel 4’s Erica Brecher and Andrew Baglini. Here are a couple of couples that worked together: Aaron Mentkowski and his wife Sharon Osorio worked together at Channel 7 and Bill Vargus and his wife Sue Serio worked together at Channel 4.

apergament@buffnews.com

 

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