Apparently displeased with his backup quarterback situation, Raiders coach Jon Gruden is bringing in a replacement for EJ Manuel and Connor Cook. It isn't entirely clear McCarron will be an upgrade, given that he completed just 46 percent of his passes for 5.7 yards per attempt with the Bills this preseason.
We'll never know if McCarron saved his job with a fantastic comeback to rescue what began as a horrible start Thursday against the Bears. The bigger news to come out of Buffalo will be what the 1-2-3 pecking order is between McCarron, Nathan Peterman and franchise QB Josh Allen, an order that has seemingly flipped around all summer. The team has only a few more days, if that, to publicly settle the issue.
Coach Sean McDermott said late Thursday that McCarron is "absolutely in the race" and the fact that the quarterback played the entire final preseason game is not a reflection of McCarron's roster status, The Buffalo News reports.
McCarron was awful for much of the game Thursday, but he did rally the team to victory following a 20-0 deficit, albeit against Chicago's third and fourth stringers. While it seems more likely Nathan Peterman or rookie Josh Allen will get the Week 1 start after both were rested Thursday, it might behoove the Bills to keep three quarterbacks around, seeing as they haven't had much of an idea as to which one is worthy of the starting job going back several months.
McCarron completed 13 of 34 passes for 156 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Thursday's preseason 28-27 win over the Bears, adding six carries for 54 yards and a touchdown while playing the entire game.
The game itself was just as odd as McCarron's stat line, featuring a late Buffalo rally to overcome a 24-point deficit in the second half. The 27-year-old quarterback threw a pick-six early in the game and had a 0.0 passer rating at one point in the third quarter, but he finished the night with four consecutive touchdown drives, including a 12-play, 84-yard march to take the lead with 13 seconds remaining. Though he appears to have moved past his shoulder injury, the extensive playing time in Thursday's game is a clear sign that McCarron is out of the mix for the Week 1 starting job. The Bills might be able to find a trade if they want to take that path, considering McCarron carries a $900,000 base salary for 2018, per Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.
Coach Sean McDermott said McCarron (shoulder) -- who was only able to serve as the emergency third quarterback Sunday in the team's preseason game against the Bengals -- should be ready to practice again in the next couple of days, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Josh Allen had begun to emerge as the potential Week 1 starter following McCarron's injury, but Allen struggled Sunday behind a shaky offensive line. Nathan Peterman put up another good preseason showing, but that was with mostly reserve players. While most teams should have an idea as to whom their top guy is at this stage, the Bills seemingly don't and there may just be enough time for McCarron to sneak back into the mix. The Bills could still use more intel to make their final decision, so it wouldn't be a surprise for the team to use the final preseason game as a final test for one or two of their QBs.
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