Coach Sean McDermott confirmed Monday that Allen will start Week 3 against the Vikings, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. This was expected all along unless Allen got hurt or looked pathetic in the Week 2 loss to the Chargers, neither of which happened. The Bills are 0-2 and even though they made the playoffs last season, appear content to make this a sacrificial year that builds up towards a brighter long-term future, which has been supported in several other decisions unrelated to starting a rookie quarterback. Expect Allen to be the guy as long as he shows he's not overmatched.
Allen completed 18 of 33 passes for 245 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Chargers. The Bills found themselves down 14-0 at the 4:18 mark of the first quarter, partly due to losing the yardage battle 108-0. Thereafter, Allen led his unit on four drives of 50-plus yards on its final nine possessions, while scattering a three-yard touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin and two interceptions across his first professional start. Considering he's looked far more comfortable under center than Nathan Peterman, Allen is expected to remain the Bills' starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Allen is viewed as the Bills' starting QB moving forward, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Though Nathan Peterman beat out Allen for the team's Week 1 starting assignment, he faltered in that game, paving the way for Allen to draw the nod in Week 2. Per Rapoport, "this is not a one-game audition" for the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Though Allen's arm strength gives him some fantasy upside down the road, the Bills' pass-catching corps remains a work in progress and the team's current personnel on offense (including LeSean McCoy) favors a run-first attack.
Allen will start at quarterback Sunday in the Bills' Week 2 matchup with the Chargers, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. Nathan Peterman's run as the Bills' starter lasted all of two quarters, with the second-year player getting pulled early in Sunday's 47-3 loss to the Ravens after completing only five of 18 passes for 24 yards while tossing a pair of interceptions. Allen didn't provide a dramatic upgrade over Peterman while making his NFL debut in garbage time, but head coach Sean McDermott saw enough from the rookie first-round pick to hand him the keys to the offense. In light of his own accuracy concerns along with the Bills' shaky offensive line and lack of playmaking talent at wideout, Allen projects as little more than a low-end fantasy option for the short term, even when he opposes weaker pass defenses.
Coach Sean McDermott said Monday that he hasn't made up his mind yet between starting Nathan Peterman or Allen in this week's game against the Chargers, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "There are a lot of things that would go into that decision," McDermott said in reference to Allen "To get into all the things that I have to look at and consider, it's not as simple as some might think. I've got to look at the overall team in all three phases and Josh's development being one of them." Allen performed better than Peterman in Sunday's drubbing, but both quarterbacks made mistakes and the team may not be ready to start its prized rookie just yet. That said, Peterman hasn't finished any of his three NFL starts, and the Bills looked so bad Week 1 that it may be time to turn the page to the future sooner rather than later. We'll find out in the next day or two if the future is now.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/30||@Green Bay Packers||26||26.50|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||28||27.00|
|10||11/11||@New York Jets||8||16.50|
|14||12/09||New York Jets||8||16.50|
|16||12/23||@New England Patriots||28||27.00|
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