Buffalo Bills: A national analyst’s take on the QB competition

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The Buffalo Bills starting quarterback situation will be decided soon and one former NFL player gives his take on who will win the job.

It has been fun to engage in debates about which player should start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills in 2018. But it will also be fun to find out who wins the job so we all know who will be leading the offense in Week 1.

Josh Allen is getting the start Sunday and while that would mean he is the Week 1 starter on most teams, Sean McDermott has said this is all part of the rotation. That makes sense considering that Nathan Peterman and AJ McCarron have also gotten starts this preseason.

Even with that being said, starting the third game still means something.

Former NFL quarterback and current NFL.com analyst David Carr went through and predicted the top QB competitions that still remain.

He went with Allen winning the Bills job. Here is some of what he had to say:

"Allen has earned the starting job in Sunday’s “dress rehearsal” against the Bengals after displaying some big-play ability and athleticism his first two times out. His talent far outweighs Peterman’s and he makes any throw from the pocket look easy. I’ve only seen two other quarterbacks who make a 5-yard “dink and dunk” toss and a 60-yard missile look the same — Aaron Rodgers and Dan Marino. Allen has that same ability to make any throw look effortless and can rip the ball all over the field."

Some high praise from the former No. 1 overall pick.

Carr admits in the article that he has pegged Allen as the starter all summer. It is hard to argue with anyone making that argument based on what we have seen up to this point in the preseason. He certainly hasn’t been worse than Peterman or McCarron.

Sunday will be the turning point in the competition. Allen will get plenty of time with the first-team offense in a game that will mimic what a regular season game is like. Waiting to name a starter until the fourth preseason game wouldn’t make sense given the competition the group will go up against. That would also not give the starter a lot of time to settle in and prepare for Week 1.

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Do you agree with Carr’s take on this? Or is Allen poised to start the year on the sidelines?