McDermott: Allen is the Bills' starting quarterback when healthy

The Bills head coach made it clear that Josh Allen is still the team's No. 1 quarterback

Sal Capaccio
November 12, 2018 - 2:10 pm

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Buffalo Bills’ head coach Sean McDermott made it clear that Josh Allen is the team’s starting quarterback when healthy, and will be under center in two weeks against the Jacksonville Jaguars, if that’s the case.

McDermott met with the media Monday afternoon following his team’s 41-10 win over the New York Jets a day earlier. Normally, the head coach speaks to the media at 4 p.m. on Monday, but since the Bills have a bye next week, he got his weekly press conference out of the way early then gave the players the rest of the week off.

"Josh is the starter when healthy,” McDermott definitively said.  

The rookie has missed the last four games after suffering a sprained elbow back on October 14 at the Houston Texans. The Bills had failed to score more than nine points in any of those games until putting up 41 on Sunday in New York behind starter Matt Barkley, who had been signed just 12 days before that.

“Josh is our starter when healthy and his development is important for him and for us as we move forward, getting experience," McDermott told reporters. "It’s important that he gets as many reps as he can get in live game action,” McDermott said, adding “I thought Matt [Barkley] performed extremely well yesterday. There were certainly some plays he’d like to have back, but to come in and do what he did on a short run-up basically to it was very impressive.”

Barkley was 15-for-25 for 232 yards and two touchdowns in his Bills debut.

“I liked the look in his eye, the energy that he gave our offense and just managing the game,” McDermott said of Barkley. “It’s easier said than done, but you go out there and we came close a couple of times, but didn’t really have to burn a timeout with the play clock running down.  So that says a lot about the way he managed the game and led the offense. “

Players showed up Monday to review Sunday’s game, but will now have the rest of the week off before returning to practice next Monday to start preparing for the Jaguars who visit New Era Field on Sunday, November 25.


McDermott said linebacker Matt Milano remains in concussion protocol and cornerback Taron Johnson is “managing” a shoulder injury. Both players left Sunday’s game early.

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