Sean McDermott confirmed that starters, including Josh Allen, will play Saturday when the Buffalo Bills face the Green Bay Packers.
There was some uncertainty of how the Buffalo Bills might approach the final preseason game. In the first two games of the preseason, the Bills have kept a majority of their starters out of the first two preseason games and it remained to be seen if they would play against the Packers or be kept out of the entire preseason.
On Thursday, Sean McDermott confirmed the plan during a press conference and he said most starters will play, which includes quarterback Josh Allen. He also did say that not all starters would play the same number of snaps and some could play up to a half of football, according to Buffalo Bills’ reporter Chris Brown.
Should the Buffalo Bills be playing Josh Allen and the rest of the starters?
The decision to play Josh Allen and the other starters is an interesting one as it remains to be seen what is gained by getting them on the field. This doesn’t just apply to Allen but all the key starters as almost all of them have spent multiple seasons in this system. The only starter who hasn’t would be wide receiver Stefon Diggs but there is no question he looked comfortable in this offense last year after leading the league in receptions and receiving yards.
As Brown notes, playing time is going to vary for each player and Josh Allen will likely be the first one off the field, probably followed by Diggs (if he even plays as he has been working his way back from a knee injury).
One possible reason for playing starters could be to give Mitchell Trubisky the opportunity to play a few series with starters to get comfortable with the players around him if the need were to ever arise for him to come into the game.
The Buffalo Bills will play the Green Bay Packers at 1 PM on Saturday at Highmark Stadium.