Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott stopped short of saying that quarterback Josh Allen will start on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but did say Wednesday that “it is heading in that direction.”
The rookie suffered a sprained elbow during the Bills loss to the Houston Texans back on October 14th. Three days later, Allen told the press that being able to step away from the field and watch the team could be a silver lining.
“It’s a blessing in disguise because I’ll be able to stand back and learn from [quarterback] Derek Anderson,” said Allen at the time.
The Bills went 1-3 without Allen, and were forced to rely on a quarterback triumvirate of Anderson, Nathan Peterman, and Matt Barkley. It now appears that the future of the franchise will soon be back under center on gameday.
“The elbow is feeling a lot better than what it was,” said Allen on Wednesday. “To get out here and get timing with our guys, start running plays in the offense, and really gameplan for Sunday is awesome. Sitting out is no fun for anybody. I hate that part of this game of football, but it feels good to be back.”
Allen’s head coach says he noticed development in the franchise QB after making his return to practice.
“I like his command of the huddle,” said McDermott. “I can tell he’s taken notice of what Derek has done, and to some extent Matt as well in a short amount of time and has grown in those areas.”
Derek Anderson remains in concussion protocol, leaving only Allen and Matt Barkley as the only healthy quarterbacks on the Bills roster.