ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott talked to the media on Wednesday as his team prepares to travel to take on the New York Jets Sunday.
As has been the case almost every week this season Coach McDermott was asked about the quarterback situation and who will get the start against the Jets. McDermott said rookie first round pick Josh Allen will practice on a limited basis Wednesday, and veteran quarterback Derek Anderson will not as he remains in the concussion protocol.
Allen threw about 100 passes in practice on Monday, which McDermott said is about average for a quarterback during a normal practice. When pushed on whether or not that means Allen will start this week, McDermott said,"just taking it one day at a time, wanna see how he does today, and we'll know a little bit more after practice, but one play, one day at a time right now."
As far as the the other quarterbacks, Anderson remains in concussion protocol and will not practice Wednesday, so his status is up in the air, leaving Nathan Peterman and Matt Barkley who was signed last week as the other viable options if Anderson and Allen are not able to play.
As far as the other injuries Chris Ivory (shoulder), Charles Clay (hamstring), and Trent Murphy (knee) will not practice on Wednesday. Veterans Lorenzo Alexander and Kyle Williams will not practice Wednesday and are being given a rest day. Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds remains in concussion protocol but will practice on a limited basis. Also limited at practice on Wednesday will be wide receiver Andre Holmes.
McDermott was asked about the lack of production from the running game and if he still thought it was as important to the offense,"I believe in the run game, you have to have a run game, to be one dimensional in this league is hard, it's hard to be one dimensional and be successful if you look back on the history of offenses. At the end of the day we have to score points, move the football and score points, and put ourselves in better position on third down."
As far as the Jets are concerned, McDermott was asked about rookie starting quarterback Sam Darnold and his progress so far this season,"tremendous young man, and I was very impressed with him going through the (draft) process,you watch him play and he's had some moments that obviously he would want to have back, but just as many or more good moments and we have a lot of respect for him and I'm sure that he's going to be a good football player and a good quarterback for years to come in this league."
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