When Healthy, Josh Allen Will Be Back Behind Center for Bills
There is no quarterback controversy in Buffalo.
Josh Allen, when healthy, is the guy.
With Matt Barkley behind center less than two weeks after being singed by the Bills, Buffalo stunned the New York Jets, 41-10.
Allen, however, was in the discussion to play against the Jets. With the Bills off this week, however, it became a no-brainer to sit him out one more game, and give him two more weeks to rehab the elbow and likely play at home against Jacksonville on Nov. 25.
“Josh is our starter when healthy, and his development is important for him and us as we move forward,” McDermott said during his Monday media session. “Getting experience, you’ve seen a lot of quarterbacks this season play, and it’s important that he gets as many reps as he can get in live game action.”
The Jets game was the fourth one Allen missed since suffering an elbow sprain in a Week 6 loss to the Texas. Allen did resume taking part in practice last week.
“We’re still making progress,” McDermott said, according to BuffaloBills.com. “He threw on his rehab again [Monday]. We’ll continue to move forward and take it one day at a time.”
Allen had completed 75 passes for 832 yards and two touchdowns before suffering his injury. The ailment, however, turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Allen, as it allowed him to take a step back and watch the professional game from the sideline.
“The good part about it is Josh had a front row seat the last several weeks to watch Derek Anderson, a little bit of Nate [Peterman], then also with Matt [Barkley on Sunday]. There’s a lot of things you take, just like all of us when you grow and you take that growth mindset of ‘Hey, I’m going to be a sponge and take the best I can from the people that are in front of me.’”
McDermott also confirmed that Derek Anderson is still in the concussion protocol. Barkley was signed when Derek Anderson was removed from his start two weeks ago after taking a hard hit, and was put in concussion protocol.