Coming into the 2018 NFL season, ESPN decided to rank their confidence in each team’s quarterback situation. They did not only discuss the starters, but the depth chart as a whole.
The Buffalo Bills came in dead last.
ESPN does say that the way the Bills handled the QB situation wasn’t even the wrong way to do it. However, when your most experienced QB has under 1000 yards passing in three seasons, it’s tough to have confidence moving forward.
Granted, career backup A.J. McCarron deserves a shot to see what he can do as a full-time starter in the NFL. Behind him, there’s second-year QB Nathan Peterman, who didn’t exactly put his best foot forward in his limited opportunities last season.
And finally, behind Peterman is one of the most polarizing NFL QB prospects in years; Josh Allen, who many Bills fans wanted nothing to do with hours before the NFL Draft started, is regarded as the future savior of the team. Allen has all the potential in the world, but will he be able to pull it all together in the NFL? Only time will tell.
Here’s what ESPN had to say about Buffalo’s QB depth chart.
“Someone has to be last. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with the way Buffalo addressed the QB position this offseason. AJ McCarron deserves a shot, and maybe he’ll take advantage of this opportunity and establish himself as an NFL starter while No. 7 overall pick Josh Allen gets ready as a backup. Maybe Nathan Peterman shows enough in camp to get a shot ahead of McCarron. There are some maybes here that can help Bills fans build a case for optimism. But confidence? Hard to make any kind of confident bets on any of these guys right now. Even if it’s legal now.”