As Bills get set for three-day minicamp, will Allen see snaps with first team?

The quarterback has worked exclusively with the third-team offense throughout OTAs

Sal Capaccio
June 11, 2018 - 11:29 pm

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The Buffalo Bills will hold their three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday through Thursday this week, bringing to a close their spring offseason program. After Thursday’s session, the next time players convene as a team will be at St. John Fisher in Rochester for training camp in late July.

Up to this point, through the team’s 10 days of organized team activities, rookie quarterback Josh Allen has exclusively worked with the third-team offense, while A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman have rotated taking snaps with the first and second teams. In the three OTAs that were open to the media, Peterman ran the first team on May 24, then McCarron on May 31, followed by Peterman once again on June 1.

When asked last week whether or not Allen will get a chance to take snaps with the first or second-team offense during this week’s minicamp, head coach Sean McDermott wouldn’t commit either way.  

“We’ll just see,” McDermott said. “It’s a fluid situation. It’s all part of doing what’s best for A, our football team and B, Josh’s development overall. I’m not going to say I’m not going to do it. It’s just what’s the right thing to do at the right time based on our plan? Overall, A.J. and Nate will run with the ones and Josh with the threes.”

McDermott has been clear since the team drafted Allen seventh overall that there is a plan in place for his development. So far, that plan has only included working with the third team. But what circumstances could lead to Allen working with the ones or twos by the end of this week?

The head coach wouldn’t say exactly, only reiterating that they want to stick with their plan, but adding that it “doesn’t mean we don’t listen and keep our ear to the ground and our eyes peeled for what’s going on and adjust accordingly. That’s important. The important part right now is to develop a good foundation and that’s what we’re doing.”

The only real difference between this minicamp and the previous 10 OTAs is that these next three days are mandatory. Up to this point, workouts have been voluntary for players. They could not be fined or disciplined by the team for not showing up. But, for the most part, the Bills have already had near-perfect attendance, anyway.

Otherwise, mandatory minicamp is considered part of Phase 3 of the league’s offseason workout program, which means no live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.

McDermott will speak to the media at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, with practice immediately following at noon. All three days will open in full to the media.

 



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