It’s time for the Buffalo Bills to decide on their starting quarterback. With three preseason games in the books, including their “dress rehearsal”, we’ve seen what we need to see. Sean McDermott should call the competition and get the team thinking about facing the Baltimore Ravens in the season opener. So who should play under center in that one? Here are the options, their pros and cons.
Preseason stats: 24/44 (54.5%), 210 yards (4.8 YPA), 2 TD, 0 INT, 7 sacks
The rookie’s dramatic rise has been the story of Buffalo’s preseason, but Allen fell back to earth on Sunday when the Bengals handed him a reality check. The argument for Allen can be summed up as: he’s clearly the most talented quarterback on the roster, and before long he’ll earn the starting job. Why not now?
For two games, Allen played well within and without the structure of the play, and he can make magic that the other passers couldn’t dream of. But his slow processor stood out behind Buffalo’s offensive line and against the talented Bengals defense.
Preseason stats: 33/41 (80.4%), 431 yards (10.5 YPA), 3 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks
From a statistical standpoint, Peterman runs away with the trophy. In three games, Peterman’s put up a statline that even beats Jeff Tuel’s infamous rookie preseason.
While the other quarterbacks have struggled behind Buffalo’s offensive line, Peterman’s quick trigger and ability to roll out of the pocket have kept the offense moving every time he entered the game. Now in his second year, Peterman looks like he put his rookie year demons behind him, and he’s playing with confidence under center.
The downside with starting Peterman is that he doesn’t have enough arm strength to run the full menu of plays Buffalo would like to use. He missed a couple pick-sixes by the skin of his teeth this preseason, and he needs to put his whole body into throws to put any mustard on the football.
Preseason stats: 10/16 (62.5%), 128 yards (8.0 YPA), 0 TD, 0 INT, 2 sacks
If the plan was to start the most experienced quarterback while holding down the fort for Josh Allen’s development, then McCarron should be the starter. With four accrued seasons and four full games played in 2015, McCarron knows what the NFL requires.
Where the situation is hazy is what we’ve seen recently. McCarron had a strong first game with the second string, but played four straight three-and-outs with the starters against the Cleveland Browns, and missed Buffalo’s third preseason game with a shoulder injury. He’ll probably be healthy enough to play in the concluding game, but will he be able to wrest the spot from either Peterman or Allen at this point? Maybe not, unless this was the plan all along.
So, who do you think should start when the Bills face the Ravens in week one of the season? Vote in our poll below, and share your thoughts in the comments!
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