Bills Quarterback Controversy
The Buffalo Bills may have one of the more interesting position battles happening in the NFL as teams enter Training Camp. Although Bills fans may be clamoring for Josh Allen, who they selected 7th overall in this year’s draft, the Bills may be better off playing AJ McCarron, who they picked up this offseason from the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bills also have Nathan Peterman who they selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Although the quarterback room for the Bills is among the cheapest throughout the entire league, Bills fans may be wishing management kept Tyrod Taylor, or invested in a bridge deal with the likes of Sam Bradford.
McCarron, originally drafted in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014, was the last of the bigger name free agent quarterbacks to sign this past offseason. McCarron, who hasn’t played real minutes since 2015, where he appeared in seven games, while started three of them has the most experience of any of the Bills quarterbacks. With the sample size being so small, it’s no wonder why GM’s around the league decided to pursue other options. The other problem with AJ McCarron is that while in Cincinnati, he never really pushed Andy Dalton for his job. Although this may not seem like a very big deal, it should be noted that Andy Dalton’s play has decline over the past three years.
Nathan Peterman is the wildcard of the bunch. Although his disastrous play against the Chargers last year very well could have been a fluke performance, the decision to start him over the other two will be a hard pill for the BillsMafia to swallow. If Peterman wins the job, he’ll have to improve his completion percentage. Over the course of the four games he appeared in, Peterman completed just 49% of his passes. LeSean McCoy will most defiantly be the focal point of the Bills offense this year, but they can’t afford to run him into the ground early on.
Bills fans weren’t too pleased on draft night when the Bills traded up to the 7th overall pick to select Josh Allen; however, the early returns from Rookie Mini-Camp and OTAs have been positive. It is without a doubt that Allen possess the most physical talent of the three options for the Bills, the question is if he is ready to make the jump to the NFL.
This year may be hard for Bills fans, as I suspect them to play some combination of McCarron, Allen, and probably some spot duty for Peterman. The BillsMafia can only hope that the Josh Allen gamble pays off, and they receive somewhat servable play from McCarron and Peterman.