On Monday evening the Buffalo Bills announced that Josh Allen will be getting the start in the team’s preseason game this Sunday against the Bengals.
This move by the Buffalo Bills comes after Josh Allen was given first-team reps in practice today after Sean McDermott announced that the quarterback rotation would continue and that the competition is still open.
Allen was impressive yet again in the Bills second preseason game Friday night in Cleveland. Allen drove the Bills to scores on all three of his drives, including an outstanding touchdown pass on third and goal.
Allen displayed progress in areas that were knocks against his game heading into the draft process. Among these areas were improved footwork and being able to hit short and intermediate throws.
With Allen getting the start on Sunday it shows that the Bills did indeed hold a complete and wide-open quarterback competition with each quarterback on the roster getting a start.
Nathan Peterman started the preseason opener against Carolina and AJ McCarron started last week’s game against the Browns. Now that Allen is getting the start it would seem that the Bills will be using this game as the final evaluation before naming a starter for the regular season.
After two preseason games Allen has gone 18 for 32 for 176 yards, along with two touchdowns and zero interceptions with a 92.7 passer rating. Allen has also run for 47 yards on six carries. While amassing these impressive statistics Allen has also displayed growth in his game from college, showing leadership in the pocket and the ability to command the huddle.
While the competition for the starting quarterback job is still wide open, a strong showing on Sunday could put Allen in the drivers seat to start Week 1 in Baltimore.