The Buffalo Bills appear to have one of the worst backup quarterback situations in the NFL, a real issue if Josh Allen fails to stay healthy for 16 games. Matt Barkley is the No. 2 quarterback in Buffalo and Jake Fromm and Davis Webb will compete for the No. 2 job behind him, a major problem if Allen were to get injured.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott doesn't appear to be concerned about his team's backup quarterback. McDermott is ready to ride with Barkley.
"Very confident," McDermott said, via Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "I'm very confident in Matt for a lot of reasons."
McDermott didn't expand on that afterwards, and it's worth wondering if Barkley will end up being the No. 2 quarterback in 2020. Barkley went just 27 of 51 (52.9%) for 359 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions in two games filling in for Allen last season, which is underwhelming. He went 9 for 16 for 127 yards and an interception in a Week 4 loss to the New England Patriots after Allen was in the concussion protocol and finished 18 for 35 for 232 yards and two interceptions in a Week 17 loss to the New York Jets, after the Bills had their playoff spot clinched.
Barkley has completed just 58.8% of his passes for 10 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in seven seasons, two of which were missed entirely due to injury. While spending the majority of his career as a backup, Barkley hasn't been a reliable one. The Bills demonstrated their "faith" in Barkley by drafting Jake Fromm in the fifth round this year, potentially signaling the end of Barkley's tenure as a backup after the 2020 season.
Then there's Webb, who has never played a regular season game despite being a third-round pick in 2017. He spent last year on the practice squad and the Bills signed him to a futures contract in January.
McDermott appears to be ready to roll with the quarterbacks he has in camp.
"Competition is good to have," McDermott said. "A competition at that position and competition across our roster. And I think Brandon and his staff have done a good job of providing that. So, we'll just see how it plays out."