Even after listing both AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman as the top QB on the first “unofficial” depth chart of the season, head coach Sean McDermott didn’t provide any clarity as to who would be the starting quarterback in the preseason opener against Carolina.
However, McCarron once again practiced with the first team on Tuesday and McDermott said there’s a chance he and Peterman could play with the starters Thursday night against the Panthers.
As for rookie Josh Allen, he continued to work with the third team and that likely won’t change anytime soon as the Bills continue to bring him along slowly. McDermott called their plan for the 7th overall pick “calculated.”
“We’re not rushing this we’re going to make sure that he’s ready to go look there will still be growing pains with that journey,” the head coach said Tuesday morning. “You can see the arm talent and you can see the special type of player that he could be he could become but there’s a lot of room between for growth where we are now and where he needs to get to.”
Meanwhile, the Bills newest wide receiver, Corey Coleman, was on the field for the first time since being trade from Cleveland to Buffalo. His two years with the Browns were a disappointment but now he’s looking forward to a fresh start.
“Every day I wake up and I feel like I have something to prove,” Coleman told reporters. “It’s a huge opportunity for me and I’m blessed to be here and I’m ready to rock with the Buffalo Bills.”
Since taking over in Buffalo McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane have brought in several players who had their careers go to a higher level. The question now is, can Coleman do the same?
“Really become the best version of himself and we’ve got tremendous resources around here to help him do that. You’ve see different players do that when they’ve come to the Buffalo Bills over the last year and change,” McDermott said. “Whether it’s Micah Hyde or Jordan Poyer, just to name a few. You guys named some of the other ones in your stories. That’s the goal for Corey.”
The Bills have the day off Wednesday. They kick off against Carolina at 7 p.m. Thursday night.