McDermott commits to Allen for foreseeable future

Plus injury updates on LeSean McCoy and others

Sal Capaccio
September 17, 2018 - 9:19 pm

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No more quarterback carrousel for the Bills.

Head coach Sean McDermott committed to rookie Josh Allen as his starter for the foreseeable future Monday when he was asked about it by reporters.

“We’re going to go with Josh,” McDermott said at his weekly Monday press conference. “I thought he did some good things, and he’s a young quarterback. Each game we expect him to get a little bit better and grow. So, that’s where we are as a football team and that’s where we are as an organization right now.”

When asked specifically if it was still a week-to-week situation McDermott said “I don’t plan on that being the case.”

Allen was inserted as the starter against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday after the team elected not to go back to Nathan Peterman following a poor opening-performance in Baltimore in Week 1. The rookie completed 18-of-33 passes for 245 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

“He worked really hard to get ready for this game,” offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said when he met with the media after McDermott. “I thought he did some good things. Obviously, the speed of the game in his first career start. He went through that in the third week of the preseason, so I thought that did help him in his preparation process. He made a lot of good reads, did a lot of good things with his feet, made some loose plays, made some big plays for us. Again, the speed of it, the tempo, eye control, the footwork, fundamentals, those are all things we have to continue to harp and work on and at each week. He’s a good, young pro and we’re looking forward to getting him better each week.”
 

INJURY UPDATES

Earlier Monday, there were conflicting reports on the severity of running back LeSean McCoy’s injury. McDermott shed some light on the situation, saying McCoy has ripped cartilage in his ribs and termed him day-to-day.

Special teamer Taiwan Jones, amazingly, did not suffer a concussion when he was hit in the head after his helmet came off trying to field a muffed punt. McDermott said Jones had a bruise and some stitches.

The coach also said wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud will continue to practice this week as he recovers from a preseason knee injury, while cornerback Phillip Gaines suffered a dislocated elbow in the game Sunday, but still a chance to play next week against the Minnesota Vikings.

Cornerback Taron Johnson (shoulder) and defensive end Shaq Lawson (hamstring), who both missed Sunday’s game, are still day-to-day.



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