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Bills GM: Josh Allen is third on depth chart

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.