There is 4:00 on the clock in the 2nd quarter. Josh Allen looks across the line of scrimmage, six white jerseys are getting ready to chase him down, Allen takes the snap from the shotgun on 3rd and goal, Nate Orchard beats the protection and is about to bury the Bills QB.
What happened after is when I realized its time to go all in on Allen.
The rookie steps to his left, Orchard lunges and comes up with nothing but air. Allen skips back to his right to avoid further pressure, steps up, loads the cannon and threads the needle with a dart to Rob Streater for six.
Sold. Allen is the only quarterback on the roster that can make that play. Start ‘em. He will give the Bills their best chance to win next week, next month, next season and for the next decade.
The quarterback battle became a little clearer following Friday night’s 19-17 win over the Browns. Starter AJ McCarron struggled to move the first team offense and then suffered a shoulder injury which would likely remove him from the race to start week one.
Then there were two. Josh Allen and Nate Peterman. Look at the checklist and it heavily favors the rookie. Better arm, better athlete, better upside… check,check,check. Experience is the one thing Peterman has over Allen… barely.
This isn’t an indictment on Peterman because he’s played well this preseason. Through two preseason games, he is 17-for-20 for 221 yards, 2 TDs, INT. Nope, this isn’t about Peterman at all, this is about number 17 proving he’s ready.
Allen has progressed steadily, with hiccups, throughout the offseason program and now into preseason game action. Friday night Allen was on the field four drives and the Bills scored three times including a touchdown.
The Bills have admitted their being calculated with how they handle the rookie but they’ve also preached starting the player who gives them the best chance to win and that’s Josh Allen.