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ORCHARD PARK — When the Buffalo Bills wrapped up OTAs last week, rookie quarterback Josh Allen hadn’t ventured beyond the third team. That will apparently change during the team’s mandatory minicamp this week.
Head coach Sean McDermott made it known ahead of the Tuesday’s opening practice that the No. 7 overall pick, Allen, will take reps with the first-team offense during the three day session.
“Josh Allen is going to continue to get reps with the third unit, but we’ll mix him in with the starters,” McDermott said, adding, “that’s all part of his development plan.”
Last week, McDermott spoke at length about the “plan” the organization has in place for Allen and emphasized the importance of sticking to it. Of course, the Bills head coach made a point in clarifying that Allen would still be taking the majority of reps with the third-team. However, some work with the ones does feel like a logical next step.
As important as it is for Allen to come along at his own pace, experiencing the speed of the first-team offense against the first-team defense can be valuable for a young quarterback. It also allows the Wyoming product to begin developing chemistry with some of the teams premier playmakers.
While it’s unlikely Allen will enter training camp as the team’s starter, his work with the ones will make for an interesting storyline leading up to next season. So far, veteran A.J. McCarron and second-year man Nathan Peterman have spent most of offseason sharing first-team reps, but no official decisions have been made in regards to who will start the season under center. Allen could find himself in the conversation if he stands out this week and during training camp.
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