Bills rookie Josh Allen appears to be on the brink of winning the team's starting quarterback job. Coach Sean McDermott wouldn't say that a solid performance out of Allen in Sunday's third preseason game would end the competition outright, but he did admit Wednesday that Allen is getting starting-quarterback treatment this week.
“We really wanted for him to go through a routine of what it would be like for a normal, regular-season week, dealing with the potential distractions and all that goes with the quarterback position and learning how to balance that,” McDermott said when asked what went into announcing Sunday's starting quarterback six days ahead of time. “AJ [McCarron]'s been through that before, naturally. Nate [Peterman] has been through it as well, so this was an opportunity as well for Josh for his first time.”
“It’s crazy to think about, definitely,” Allen said of potentially winning the starting job. “But I’m not going out there to prove why I’m the starter or whatever the case may be. I’m going out there to play football and move the chains, put points on the board and help this offense in whatever way I can. And trust what (offensive coordinator Brian Daboll) calls, going to trust the teammates around me and just try to develop more camaraderie."
Remember, if Allen starts the Bills' opener, it would make history: Never before has a playoff team drafted a quarterback in the first round and started him in Week 1 of the following season.
Transcript: You can read the full transcript of McDermott's press conference here.
Injuries: McCarron returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday. He was originally diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his collarbone, but McDermott said that tests were inconclusive when McCarron was examined in Buffalo, additional tests revealed that he did not have a fracture.
WR battle breakdown: Billy Moy, the wonderful Senior Analyst for Pro Football Focus who focuses on the Bills, wrote a piece examining the contenders in the team's wide receiver competition.
Gannon, Beuerlein, Romo and Fouts are analysts on Bills first four regular season games: Tony Romo breaking down a potential Josh Allen-Kirk Cousins matchup in Week 3? Yes please.
Bills punters Jon Ryan, Colton Schmidt "fighting for their careers": Those were the words of kicker Stephen Hauschka, but you knew that already if you read yesterday's newsletter. "It's kind of a nine-day tryout, I guess," Ryan said Wednesday. "Things happen pretty quick in this league, and you've just got to be prepared."
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