Bills' quarterback rotation continues Sunday; Allen's reps increase

Head coach Sean McDermott stays with his plan

Sal Capaccio
August 12, 2018 - 8:57 pm

Photo: Mark Konezny - USA TODAY Sports

There were a couple different developments in the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback situation at practice Sunday afternoon at St. John Fisher College.

First, rookie Josh Allen saw some first-team reps again for the first time in over a week in 11-on-11 action. He also worked in quite a bit with the second unit, usually rotating with Nathan Peterman, who saw most of the first-team reps throughout the practice.

Then, late in practice, A.J. McCarron appeared to injure his lower right leg. It was unclear exactly what happened to the quarterback, but after a play he started limping, then immediately walked towards trainers, who had him lay on his back while they examined him. After getting up, McCarron sat out the next several minutes, but then only took part in a couple plays before heading over to see trainers again.  

After a solid performance by all three quarterbacks turned in during the team’s first preseason game Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers, head coach Sean McDermott declined to say who would start Friday’s game at the Cleveland Browns, only to say the team will continue with their rotation.

Other than at quarterback, there were a few other table items from practice Sunday:

  • Wide receiver Brandon Reilly (ribs), and defensive tackles Star Lotulelei (back) and Marquavius Lewis (ankle) and did not practice. Defensive end Trent Murphy (groin) was on the field and did take part in team reps, but no 11-on-11.
  • Ryan Groy took first-team reps at center.
  • Zay Jones, even though he was still wearing a red non-contact jersey, got plenty of reps with the starting offense.
  • Tight end Jason Croom had another very good practice. He’s had an outstanding camp. When the team started with the first-team offense running the two-minute drill, Croom, who began his college career as a wide receiver, was on the field quite a bit, and split out. The only wide receivers I saw get reps in that session were Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, Rod Streater, and Andre Holmes.
  • After the second-unit came on the field, some notable names who took part were wide receivers Ray-Ray McCloud and Robert Foster, and running back Marcus Murphy.
  • Wide receiver Corey Coleman is still getting worked in slowly. I didn’t see him take one rep during any of the two-minute drill sessions with any of the units. However, to be fair, things are moving fast and players have to know exactly where to be in that situation, which is tough to put on a player in only his third practice. Coleman did take some second and third team reps later in practice in 11-on-11.
  • There was a scrum after a play and at the bottom of the pile it looked like there were some punches throws. As players got up, defensive end Jerry Hughes and right tackle Jordan Mills emerged yelling at each other, very audibly. Mills (with no helmet) kept coming back towards Hughes. The players were finally separated. After practice, I spotted McDermott having a lengthy conversation with Mills, who seemed to be explaining what happened. There was plenty of intensity before, during, and after that play throughout the practice.

The Bills will next be on the field Monday morning at 8:45 a.m. The practice is closed to the public.

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