Buffalo Bills News: Tough to judge the quarterback competition

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The Buffalo Bills had a rough day on offense Sunday afternoon. That makes the quarterback competition hard to judge right now.

Josh Allen started at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills yesterday afternoon with a chance to seize the starting job. Instead, he was lucky to escape without a potential head injury.

Allen had a rough outing, finishing 6/12 for 34 yards. Those who watched know that he never had much time in the pocket and the few times he did, he dealt with a few drops from his receivers.

Dion Dawkins was not available but the offensive line struggled mightily against the Cincinnati Bengals starters. Nathan Peterman and the offense got things going in the second half, but everyone must remember that the Bengals had backups out there by that point.

It is tough to gauge who will start Week 1 and that is not good since we are less than two weeks away from the start of the season. If the coaching staff thinks the line may be an issue, that could lead to Allen starting the season on the sidelines so he can continue to learn and not get destroyed right away.

He was holding onto the ball far too long and while his fight in the pocket is admirable, it will lead to some monster hits. We have been waiting on a starter to be named all summer, and that decision will be coming soon by default.

We take a look at Sunday’s game and more in today’s edition of The Morning Charge.

Buffalo Bills News:

Bills offensive line struggles in preseason loss to Cincinnati (BuffaLowDown, Matthew Hodowany)

Our look at yesterday’s game against the Bengals. It got more exciting at the end but the beginning of the game is what matters most in the preseason. Hopefully it was just some rust showing.

Top 3 things we learned from Bills-Bengals (Bills.com, Chris Brown)

Some extended takeaways from the game. There were positives to talk about, but the quarterback competition will continue to dominate headlines. And that is true for any team.

Josh Allen says he held onto ball too long in first start (ESPN.com, Mike Rodak)

Some humble words from the rookie quarterback after his tough day. It was good to see he was able to diagnose the problems he faced on the field.

Bills unveil new mascot (Bills Wire, Nick Wojton)

In case you missed it, Billy Buffalo looks a bit different this year.