Up-and-down debut for Josh Allen at Bills training camp

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Josh Allen said after his first training camp practice that he’s never seen a crowd like the one on hand at St. John Fisher College on Thursday.

This time last year, Allen was in fall camp at Wyoming. In 2018, he’s carrying the weight of being the Bills franchise quarterback for years to come.

The number 7 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft made a few impressive throws early on during 11-on-11 drills which drew big cheers. The rookie also showed his age when he overthrew running back Taiwan Jones in the flat during the same drill.

“I felt it went OK. Obviously, I always focus on what went badly in practice and there are a few throws that got away from me,” said Allen. “It’s a lot of moving parts in an offense and for an offense to work great, the quarterback has to know what he’s doing. That’s what me, Nate [Peterman], and AJ [McCarron] are looking forward to doing which is learn this offense so we can go out, know what we’re doing, throw the ball on time and let our playmakers make plays.

Allen believes the biggest thing for him right now is to get comfortable as quickly as possible while learning from the Bills other quarterbacks. He’s quickly grown a liking to new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll as well.

“I’m just trying to continue to grow every day and improve, and take what Coach Daboll says to heart,” said Allen. “He’s been around a lot of really good quarterbacks and he knows his stuff. To be in a system with him, learning from him, it’s a quarterbacks dream.”

The Bills practice again on Friday at 2:15pm. Saturday’s session will the be the first of camp where the Bills are in full pads. Fans will need a ticket to enter Saturday’s practice.

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