Brad “The Bruiser” Eichkorn and Alex Jones get Buffalo Bills fans set for the third preseason game with rookie Josh Allen getting the start at quarterback.
There is much to assess this week with the Buffalo Bills, especially concerning the quarterback position.
On Monday the Bills announced that rookie quarterback Josh Allen will be the preseason Week 3 starter at quarterback.
In last week’s preseason action against the Cleveland Browns, Allen was 9 of 13 for 60 yards and threw a pretty touchdown pass in the back of the end zone. Both his pocket presence and accuracy seemed much improved from their first preseason game versus Carolina.
That was one of the topics discussed in the latest episode of the BuffaLowDown Podcast. Click here to listen to this week’s episode or use the player below.
Yes, there’s been plenty of buzz among Bills Mafia on Allen being the quarterback that everyone hoped he would be. That may be jumping the gun just a tad, as Allen has yet to make a regular season debut.
However, this week Allen has the chance to experience the type of schedule he would face as an NFL starter. The Bills will host the Bengals in a rare preseason Sunday game, allowing the rookie out of Wyoming plenty of experience without any of the pressure he would experience in the regular season.
As I’ve stated throughout the summer, I think starting Allen in the regular season would be rushing his development. However, I will continue to trust the “McBeanes” and their development plan they have for Allen. As stated on this podcast, I’m still firm in believing that Nathan Peterman is the best quarterback on the roster to start Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. Yet, not necessarily the best person to be the consistent starter throughout the season.
Although Week 3 of the preseason is often considered a “dress rehearsal” I do not believe that is the case here. So far both Peterman and AJ McCarron have had a chance to start a preseason game. Peterman fared well in Week 1 of preseason. McCarron looked dreadful against the Browns first unit. Now it’s Allen’s turn.
We’ll see if the defense tightens up early after a rough going against the Browns rushing attack. I’m still a firm believer that this could be a highly ranked defense. However, their performance will also hinge on the performance of the offense to give them plenty of “breathers” and put points on the scoreboard.
Although we’re in our podcast leading up to Sunday’s game against Cincinnati, I’m ready for next week’s podcast to talk about this game.