Cosell: 'Allen needs to be out there playing'

Greg Cosell from ESPN and NFL Films made his regular Friday appearance on One Bills Live

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November 09, 2018 - 6:22 pm

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The Buffalo Bills might have rookie quarterback Josh Allen back in the lineup on Sunday against the New York Jets, which would be a sight for sore eyes amongst fans. The 22-year-old rookie out of Wyoming has been out of action since suffering a sprained elbow during the Bills' Week 6 loss to the Houston Texans.

 As for the Jets, they will not have their prized rookie passer available for the game. Sam Darnold is doubtful to play on Sunday as he has reportedly strained his foot, and the team is currently taking his injury on a week-to-week basis. If Darnold is unavailable for the Jets this Sunday, that means that veteran Josh McCown would strart against the Bills.

Greg Cosell from ESPN and NFL Films joined John Murphy and Steve Tasker on One Bills Live for his regular Friday visit. He talked about Allen's season to this point, as well as how the Jets will be impacted with their current quarterback situation.

Here is some of what Cosell had to say:

On Josh Allen's injury and missing at least three games: 

"Josh Allen not being able to play due to injury, it's a little tougher to get a feel for where the Bills thought they might be if he'd been able to play the last number of weeks. Not that he'd all of a sudden be a top-level quarterback, but he'd have three more games of reps and, ideally, that gives him more experience and you could see improvement..." 

On if Allen could have learned a lot from sitting on the sidelines: 

"You really just want to see Josh Allen get reps at this point. That, to me, is the most important thing. He needs to be out there playing, seeing things, even if he makes mistakes, but he needs to be out there seeing things." 

On the recent struggles of Jets rookie Sam Darnold: 

"He started off with some decent games. I always felt like he was a very up-and-down player, which I expected. Very erratic and inconsistent, and the last number of weeks, he's sort of shown the inconsistency part more than the good part." 

On if Josh McCown can bring some steady play for the Jets offense:  

"Darnold, over the last couple of weeks has not played particularly well. Now, I understand that this week Robby Anderson is doubtful, the Jets will have a depleted receiving corps. But I think McCown will probably run the offense more within structure and a little more efficiency than Darnold has the last couple of weeks."

You can listen to Cosell's entire interview below:

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