When the Buffalo Bills made the decision to bring A.J. McCarron on a two-year deal in free agency, they made the choice to have more competition with their quarterback that they would draft about month later. Never getting the chance to take the starting job with the Cincinnati Bengals, McCarron looks to start fresh in Western New York.
McCarron is the most experienced quarterback on the roster. This should scare, yet satisfy Bills fans because that means this quarterback battle could lead into finding the teams’ franchise quarterback. McCarron played for four seasons as a backup in Cincinnati and posted a 2-1 record with 920 passing yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.
McCarron has competition against him with Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen. Peterman is going into his second season and looks to rebound from a five-interception game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Allen has yet to take a snap under center. What should scare both both McCarron is that both Peterman and Allen are much younger and have the potential for a longer run with the Bills.
McCarron is a favorite to start for the Bills this season. Allen is considered a long-term project for the organization and Peterman will have to prove to the coaching staff what he is worth.
Day five of the Bills training camp was in favor of McCarron. He did throw an interception early on, but bounced back with three touchdowns.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) July 31, 2018
McCarron has the best chance to be the team’s starter against the Baltimore Ravens in Week one. McCarron is under contract for just two years. Unless he breaks through into the league and gets the Bills to the playoffs for a second consecutive season, he is nothing more than a bridge quarterback. Peterman and Allen are younger and both were drafted under Sean McDermott.
Bills fans, expect to see the McCarron era in 2018 for the Bills.