Dec 21, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen (17) looks to pass during the third quarteragainst the Brigham Young Cougars at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen is ready to start his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills, but the No. 7 pick in the 2018 draft isn’t being handed the reins immediately.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Allen will arrive as the third-string quarterback, per ESPN’s Mike Rodak.



Buffalo — which traded former starter Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns — signed AJ McCarron to a two-year deal during the offseason. Plus, Nathan Peterman is entering his second year in the pros.

Although Beane disagreed with the notion that Allen is a “raw” prospect, the Bills also don’t believe Allen is a Day 1 starter. They’ll wait for him to leap Peterman on the depth chart before challenging McCarron, who will probably be under center to open 2018.

Whether Allen can actually grow into Buffalo’s long-term starter is up for debate, but the franchise is trying to limit the external pressure on him to become that player right away.


David Kenyon
Writer for Sportsnaut and Bleacher Report, mostly covering college football as well as the NFL, NBA and college basketball.