Bills to start Allen against the Chargers

Head coach Sean McDermott announced the change at quarterback on Wednesday

Brayton Wilson
September 12, 2018 - 10:46 am

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After a poor Week 1 performance from Nathan Peterman, the Buffalo Bills are making a change at quarterback.

Head coach Sean McDermott announced on Wednesday that he will be turning to rookie quarterback Josh Allen this Sunday when Buffalo hosts the Los Angeles Chargers at New Era Field.

"He will be prepared. I don't think he's prepared yet, it's a natural progression during the week but he will be prepared," McDermott said at his meeting with the media. "At the end of the day, he's a young player. We keep that all in mind, manage expectations, and know that we embrace that growth mindset. There's going to be some challenges, some adversity, and you keep learning as you go and embrace that. I think we all do that here. I embrace that. There's a lot of lessons that I learned from the game the other day. We've got to make adjustments, and he'll have to make some adjustments as he grows as well."

The 22-year-old made his NFL debut last week against the Baltimore Ravens in relief of Peterman, who had only went 5-of-18 for 34 yards and two interceptions through parts of three quarters. In his limited action last week, Allen went 6-of-15 for 74 yards, but was sacked three times by a stingy Ravens pass rush.

"I thought his command of the offense was there," McDermott said. "There were some things that he did well with getting us in and out of the huddle. Those are the things you don't take for granted when a young player is out there. After the snap, he executed fairly well at times, and then there's other times we need to execute better. He moved well to put himself in position and generate some offense. I thought within the pocket and outside of the pocket there were some things that he could do better, and he's going to continue to learn and grow. That's the growth mindset that our team embraces."

The Bills turned to Allen as the backup in Buffalo after the team decided to trade veteran quarterback A.J. McCarron to the Oakland Raiders on September 1. In three games during the preseason, Allen went 24-of-44 for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Kickoff on Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m. with John Murphy, Mark Kelso and Sal Capaccio on the call. Our coverage on WGR starts bright and early at 7 a.m.

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