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[BN] Blitz newsletter: What should the Bills do with AJ McCarron?

AJ McCarron is the only veteran in the Bills' quarterback competition, but he appears to be on the outside looking in after playing the entire fourth preseason game Thursday while Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen – as well as most of the starters – got the night off.

McCarron threw two first-half interceptions and struggled early while the Bills fell behind 20-0 at halftime, but he had a big fourth quarter against Bears' bubble players and rallied the Bills back for a 28-27 win.

Jay Skurski made two interesting points about McCarron in his analysis of the game. First was the suggestion that McCarron could get cut after being the pre-camp favorite to win the starting job. "The decision on what to do with McCarron in regards to the 53-man roster will be one of the more interesting developments come final cuts, which need to be made by 4 p.m. Saturday," Skurski wrote.

The second interesting idea he raised was that giving McCarron the entire game could be possibly have been to showcase the vet for a trade. McCarron didn't help his value much by going 5-of-13 for 39 yards in the first half, but if he might get cut anyway, any value the Bills could get for him would be better than nothing.

Check out Jay's article for thoughts on the Bills' punter competition, Corey Coleman, and more.

Why is the OL struggling so much? Pro Football Focus analyst Billy Moy looked into the issue for an article, and wow, it turns out literally every single player on the line has been struggling, according to PFF's grades. The highest-graded lineman through three preseason games was backup tackle De’Ondre Wesley, who scored 69.1 (out of 100). Wesley's last regular-season action was in 2015.

Bills add female coaching intern for season: Phoebe Schecter, who was a Bills' coaching intern each of the past two summers, was appointed to a season-long coaching internship. McDermott said she will assist the Bills' quality control coaches.

Kim Pegula feels just like you: "I feel like this preseason has been the longest preseason," the Bills' owner told Vic Carucci. "I don't know if it's the uncertainty at quarterback. I don't know if it's coming off of a playoff season that your expectations are high. I don't know what it is. It just seems longer to me, the anticipation of it."

Bills' Harrison Phillips signing autographs for charity: The rookie will be at an event Friday night in Grand Island.


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