It took only two outstanding preseason games and one quarterback injury for the first pick of the Buffalo Bills to start working out with the first team and therefore improve his odds to become the starting QB this season.
After a reportedly broken collarbone that the forecasted starting Bills quarterback A.J. McCarron suffered in the team’s second preseason game, the plans of who will get the starting job position leading the Buffalo offense have changed. At the beginning of the preseason, Josh Allen was not even considered to workout with the first team; now, after McCarron's injury and two preseason games where the rookie displayed a phenomenal level, he will practice with the starters.
“[Josh Allen] will be working with the ones and Nate will be working with the twos today,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “We’re staying with the rotation. Nate had the reps with the ones yesterday. Josh will have them today. After today we’ll start to move into a blend into a normal week as we prepare for the next game. Part of that is so our players can get acclimated to the routine of a normal regular season week.”
Followed by this, on Monday, the team announced what every Bill fan wanted to hear, that the seventh overall pick in the 2018 Draft will start the third preseason game against the Bengals. To start this game is no small feat, the third preseason match is commonly called in the NFL as “dress rehearsal” since the teams operate similarly to a regular season game.
So now, the race for the starting position is between the fifth-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen, at the expense of McCarron’s final medical report. Both players have had a great preseason. Peterman has an amazing record of 17-of-20 for 232 yards, two TDs, and one interception. Whereas Allen has completed 18 of 32 passes for 176 yards, thrown two TDs and zero turnovers. However, the astounding passing and running skills of the 22-year-old have overshadowed Peterman’s exceptional performance.
Even though the rookie player is way more talented than Peterman and he would definitely sell many more tickets, it might be a safer bet to not start him for week one. The pressure of being the starter at the beginning of the season usually messes up a lot of promising rookies.