Josh Allen to start 3rd preseason game vs. Bengals

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen has been named the Bills starter for their third preseason game against the Bengals, the team announced on Monday.

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Allen took snaps with the first team offense in practice, following the rotation as the quarterback battle continues.  Nathan Peterman took snaps with the first team on Sunday.

A.J. McCarron, who had been rotating with the first and second team offense throughout the preseason, remains sidelined with a broken collar bone.

“We’re staying with the rotation,” head coach Sean McDermott said Monday before practice.  “Nate had the one’s yesterday, Josh will have them today. We’re just with the rotation at this point.

We’ll make that decision. After today, we’ll start to move into a little bit of a blend of [this being] a normal week as we prepare. Our players can get acclimated to the routine of a normal, regular season week. We’ve got some new players who haven’t been around us in terms of that routine, so we try and expose them to that. The competition is still, as you were asking about the offensive line, that stays, that remains. The competitions are still open and will be until they’re not, basically, as training camp unfolds.”

Peterman earned the start in the Bills’ preseason opener against Carolina, while McCarron started in Cleveland.

The rookie has dazzled in practice and in his two outings in the preseason — and the hype has continued to build around the Bills’ 7th overall pick.

Working with the first and second team in Cleveland Friday night, Allen finished 9-for-13 for 60 yards a touchdown.  He led the Bills on three scoring drives as Buffalo beat Cleveland 19-17.

Against the Panthers, Allen played the entire second half, finishing 9-for-19 for 116 yards and touchdown with the third team, in a 28-23 loss.

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