Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen earns a high grade on his second preseason game
Some Buffalo Bills fans want Josh Allen to be the starting quarterback after he played well in the team’s second game of the preseason.
I began talking about the Josh Allen hype train as soon as the Buffalo Bills drafted the quarterback. I had no idea he would be earning first-team work before the all-important third preseason game.
Allen helped himself in a big way by having a great game last Friday against the Cleveland Browns. Ultimately, his starting chances also improved due to AJ McCarron’s injury that as of right now is keeping him out at the start of the season.
The rookie out of Wyoming is easily the most polarizing quarterback in his class and the hot takes about how he would be a failure flowed fast as soon as he was taken. It is obviously only the preseason, but he doesn’t look like a dud.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com agrees and gave Allen a grade of “A” in his preseason grades for Week 2. This comes one week after giving Allen a “B-” after his performance against the Carolina Panthers.
From the article:
"Allen connected on a handful of Y-stick routes, hitches and quick outs that helped him get the ball out of his hands quickly. In addition, No. 17 continued to display some “wow” ability as a playmaker, using his athleticism to avoid defenders in the pocket before delivering darts to receivers down the field. Although he finished the night with just 60 passing yards on 9 of 13 passing (one touchdown), Allen looked like he could handle the pressure of being the team’s QB1 as a rookie. Grade: A"
Not too bad.
It is important to stay grounded and remember that this is only the preseason. At the same time, Allen showed some real potential and never panicked. He also didn’t make any glaring mistakes, which is always a bonus.
The upcoming third preseason game is where he can earn himself the starting job. I wouldn’t be surprised if Sean McDermott gives Allen the start, as Peterman started the first game and McCarron began Friday’s game.
Bucky Brooks thinks Allen could be the starter. Plenty of fans feel the same way. What matters is what Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane think. Based on the way the practice reps are going, it seems like they aren’t even sure just yet.