Late night discussion: How long should the starters play against the Lions?

How many snaps should the starters get this Friday in Detroit?

August 23, 2019 - 2:47 am

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Louie DiBiase
Twitter: @DiBiaseLOE


Week 3 of the NFL preseason has traditionally been the week teams play their starters through, at least, the first half. It has often been considered the "tune up" game before the start of the regular season. 

While that has been the case for a significant amount of time, serious injuries to key players seemingly happen every year in the preseason. 

For example, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton went down with a foot injury on Thursday night against the New England Patriots. 

Getting more opportunities to knock the rust off and get up to game-speed can be useful, especially for young players. But do fans believe the risk is worth the reward? 

Fans took to Twitter on Thursday night to debate how long the Bills' starters should play on Friday against the Detroit Lions:


Don't risk it to get the biscuit?:

A large portion of fans have seen enough of Josh Allen and company through two games already. 

An element that also plays a big role in playing time is the emergence of joint-practices. Many coaches around the league prefer the controlled environment of these practices as opposed to the unpredictable preseason. 

The Bills worked with the Panthers last week for multiple practices. It is a good way to get work in against another team while lowering the risk of injury. 


Different playing time for each side of the ball:

Some contributors to the discussion believe one side of the ball may need more work than the other. 


Getting a bit more work in:

As a few weeks separate the Bills from the regular season opener, a group of fans want to see starters get on the field to fully prepare for the New York Jets.


Author's opinions:

The risk of injury is too great to put the first-team in harms way. Allen and the offense have looked good enough to rest up until Week 1 against the Jets. 

Two weeks of preseason action, joint-practices against the Panthers, and a month of training camp should do the trick. 

If a majority of fans had their way, there wouldn't even be a Week 3 for the Bills to play. 


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