The Buffalo Bills Daily Roundup brings you all the news you need to know, including Sean McDermott explaining why they took Josh Allen instead of Lamar Jackson in the 2018 NFL Draft
There were five quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Four of them are starters and two will meet on the field this weekend as the Buffalo Bills host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.
Josh Allen, who was taken seventh overall will lead his Bills against Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson who was the final pick in the round that season.
With the two set to meet, Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott was asked about the team’s decision to take Allen and not Jackson, who is having an MVP caliber season.
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McDermott was complementary in his response and says Allen brings exactly what they want to the field.
That story and more can be found in today’s Buffalo Bills Daily Roundup.
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“We went through the process with (Jackson) as well. Like I said the other day, he was a fantastic player then, and he remains a fantastic player,” McDermott said. “It wasn’t so much about [pocket passing] as — we wanted Josh Allen and everything that Josh Allen brought to Buffalo. That was the right fit for us. No disrespect at all, obviously the Ravens got a fantastic player and credit goes to them, we feel good about where Josh is.”
Josh Allen was easily the most scrutinized quarterback in the draft class due to his completion percentage in college. The Bills went out on a limb and took him and so far, he looks to be the real deal. As for Lamar Jackson, he’s playing on another level and if anyone believed he would do this well, he wouldn’t have lasted until pick No. 32.
“It would seem that Buffalo Bills practice squad WR Ray-Ray McCloud III is doing his best Lamar Jackson impression this week at practice. Buffalo Bills insider Chris Brown tweeted earlier that Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes credited McCloud for giving them good looks in practice, acting as their practice squad Lamar Jackson.”
Lamar Jackson is too talented for anyone to truly emulate but Sean McDermott is thinking outside the box. He said earlier in the week he would use multiple players due to the skillset and McCloud surely has the speed down.
“Having cleaned up his early season turnover issues, Allen has 13 touchdowns passing and five rushing against three turnovers (two interceptions) in his past eight.”
Nothing stood out in this article more than how well Allen has been playing as of late. It’s safe to say these two quarterbacks should be going head to head for a long time in the AFC.
The rumors started again that OBJ is unhappy in Cleveland. If there’s any truth to this rumor, the Bills need to call the Browns in the offseason and try to pry the star player from them.
A great defense and a strong running game is the perfect key to dictating the game and keeping the high-flying Ravens offense off the field. That’s why the Bills are built for this Week 14 game.