Bills QB rotation continues Sunday; Allen's reps increase

August 12, 2018 - 8:57 pm

There were a couple different developments in the Bills’ quarterback situation here at practice Sunday afternoon.

First, rookie Josh Allen saw some first-team reps again for the first time in over a week in 11-on-11 action.  He also worked in quite a bit with the second unit, usually rotating with Nathan Peterman, who saw most of the first-team reps throughout the practice.

Then, late in practice, A.J. McCarron appeared to injure his lower right leg.  It was unclear exactly what happened to the QB, but after a play he started limping then immediately walked towards trainers who had him lay on his back while they examined him.  After getting up, McCarron sat out the next several minutes, but then only took part in a couple plays before heading over to see trainers again.  

After a solid performance by all three QBs turned in during the team’s first preseason game Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers, head coach Sean McDermott declined to say who would start the Friday’s game at the Cleveland Browns, only to say the team will continue with their rotation.

Other than at QB, there were a few other table items from practice Sunday:

  • DT Star Lotulelei (back), DT Marquavius Lewis (ankle), and WR Brandon Reilly (ribs) did not practice.  DE Trent Murphy (groin) was on the field and did take part in team reps, but no 11-on-11.
  • Ryan Groy took first-team reps at center.
  • Zay Jones, even though he was still wearing a red non-contact jersey, got plenty of reps with the starting offense.
  • TE Jason Croom had another very good practice.  He’s had an outstanding camp.  When the team started with the first-team offense running the two-minute drill, Croom, who began his college career as a wide receiver, was on the field quite a bit, and split out.  The only WRs I saw get reps in that session were Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, Rod Streater, and Andre Holmes.
  • After the second-unit came on the field, some notable names who took part were WR Ray-Ray McCloud, WR Robert Foster, and RB Marcus Murphy.
  • WR Corey Coleman is still getting worked in slowly.  I didn’t see him take one rep during any of the two minute drill sessions with any of the units. But to be fair, things are moving fast and players have to know exactly where to be in that situation, which is tough to put on a player in only his third practice.  Coleman did take some second and third team reps later in practice in 11-on-11.
  • There was a scrum after a play and at the bottom of the pile it looked like there were some punches throws.  As players got up DE Jerry Hughes and OT Jordan Mills emerged yelling at each other, very audibly. Mills (with no helmet) kept coming back towards Hughes. The players were finally separated.  After practice I spotted McDermott having a lengthy conversation with Mills who seemed to be explaining what happened.  There was plenty of intensity before, during, and after that play throughout the practice.

The Bills will next be on the field Monday morning at 8:45 a.m..  The practice is closed to the public.

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