Josh Allen receives praise from coach, rookies after preseason debut

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Sean McDermott said that all three quarterbacks played well during Thursday’s preseason opener and that each had their moments, making his job tougher.

When it comes to the Bills 7th overall draft pick Josh Allen, the Bills head coach was quick to mention during his pre-practice press conference on Friday that last night was a learning experience and a good step in the right direction.

“He came out and threw the ball down the field early there, which was a good, aggressive shot; I liked that,” said McDermott. “I saw him settle in to the game a little bit as the third and fourth quarter unfolded and had a nice couple of drives, and then one resulted in a touchdown late in the game.”

Ray-Ray McCloud III, another Bills rookie, caught Allen’s lone touchdown late in the fourth quarter after he zipped a pass through tight coverage from the Panthers.

“He’s been doing that all camp,” said McCloud on Friday. “Throwing it in holes where people are like ‘Dang, did he really just throw that?’ He sees stuff that other people don’t and that’s what makes him a great player.”

Allen completed 9 passes on 19 attempts for 116 yards and a touchdown in his preseason debut. He seemed to settle down after his first series finished 3-and-out.

“The game moved at times for him and at other times it slowed down,” said McDermott. “There is no substitute for experience.”

Allen could also be seen on the television broadcast leading a huddle of Bills offensive players before his touchdown drive in the final quarter.

“His leadership defiantly showed up in the huddle,” said McCloud. “He speaks up. He takes it to a game coming from practice. Because it’s easy to do it in practice when nobody watching but do it in a stance like that.”

***NOTES***

McDermott was asked on Friday l how he thought Kelvin Benjamin handled the pregame interaction with Cam Newton.

The Bills WR made headlines after calling out his former quarterback during an interview with The Athletic last weekend. McDermott said he didn’t know about at the time but said he was aware of it now.

“I’ll tell you what,” said McDermott. “I liked how he played.”

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