Allen gets the keys to the car

Buffalo Bills

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)-  “It’s the right move for the team.” Head Coach Sean McDermott used that phrase several times when asked about the decision to bench Nate Peterman and start Josh Allen.

The future is now for the rookie first round pick who will make his first career start Sunday against the Chargers.

“I’m not trying to do too much. [I have to be able to] trust in those around me and ultimately be the quarterback that this team needs, which is, moving the ball, staying on third down and putting points on the board,” Allen said Wednesday. 

In an ideal world the rookie would watch and learn but Sunday’s performance by Peterman forced their hand. Only time will tell if this move accelerates Allen’s learning curve or stunts his growth.

“He’s going to get valuable experience from being in this case, and this weekend in particular, be behind the steering wheel,” McDermott said. “There’s certainly valuable experience when you stand and watch, but we all know [that] there’s no substitute for the experience when you’re actually behind the wheel.”

Bills running LeSean McCoy says it could be a bumpy ride while Allen learns but the future is bright. 

“If I had to draft a quarterback, I would draft a kid like him. He’s mobile, he’s tall, he’s strong, he’s not afraid, he’s smart and he has a big arm. When I said those things about rookies, I’m not big on rookies, but guys like him and Tre, they’re special, they’re different. This year, next year, you’ll see him coming together; it’s a scary sight for the defense.”

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