Buffalo Bills: Did Kyle Allen earn the backup QB spot against Bears?

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Once it was confirmed that the San Francisco 49ers traded quarterback Trey Lance to the Dallas Cowboys for 2024 fourth round pick, there were reports about the Buffalo Bills being one of the teams that inquired about Lance. Before the Bills' preseason game against the Chicago Bears, general manager Brandon Beane confirmed that the Bills did make a call to the 49ers about Lance, per Alaina Getzenberg.

With that being confirmed, it shows that the Bills are always exploring options at each position. The backup quarterback position this training camp and preseason has been a battle between Kyle Allen and Matt Barkley. In the first preseason game, Barkley took over the Bills offense that opened up a true backup quarterback competition. From there on out, Barkley struggled against the Pittsburgh Steelers and did not play against the Bears due to injury.

With Kyle Allen playing in the game from the second offensive drive until the end, it looks like Allen will at least beat out Barkley for a roster spot in the quarterback room. However, did Allen do enough this preseason to keep the backup quarterback position?

There is one thing to think about going into the regular season and that is should anything happen to Josh Allen that keeps him out of one game or even longer, would the Bills' offense be able to operate the same under Kyle Allen? Throughout the preseason, Allen faced backups and backups of the backups. He finished with a stat sheet of completing 59 percent of his passes for 396 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble.

While there are not many options on the free agent market as of now before roster cuts, the coaching staff will have to make a decision if they feel comfortable with having Allen as the backup or to go look for another option.

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