Josh Allen’s performance overshadowing Nathan Peterman’s success The Buffalo Bills have a problem at the quarterback position.This seems to have been the consensus coming into the 2018 NFL season Womens Tre'Davious White Jersey , and it has been the primary issue facing the Bills in the 21 seasons since Jim Kelly ended his Hall-of-Fame career. More often than not, the problem has been that the Bills don’t have anyone playing well enough at the position to warrant any sort of comfort.So far this preseason, the Bills seem to have the opposite issue—two of the three quarterbacks on the roster are playing fantastic football. Rookie Josh Allen has garnered the most attention, which is no surprise. When a franchise drafts you seventh overall, every pass you throw is bound to attract more buzz, positive or negative, than anyone else. But after Allen’s second preseason appearance, a 9-for-13 evening that included a beautiful touchdown pass while playing against a mix of starters and reserves for the Cleveland Browns, the hype train seems to be pulling full-steam into Allen’s station.The oft-maligned rookie has now completed 18-of-32 passes in his first preseason, a 56% rate, for 176 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 92.7 quarterback rating. He has looked poised in the pocket, and he has also shown great mobility, rushing for 47 yards on 6 carries. He has looked so impressive that many have forgotten about the other quarterback playing well this summer, Nathan Peterman.Peterman has only thrown 3 incomplete passes in his 2 games. One of those passes hit its intended target Womens Josh Allen Jersey , Chris Ivory, in the chest before it was intercepted by a diving Shaq Thompson of the Carolina Panthers. In total, Peterman is 17-of-20, an 85% rate, for 231 yards, 2 touchdowns, and the aforementioned unlucky interception. His quarterback rating is 127.3, which is tops among all quarterbacks who have thrown 20 passes so far this preseason.If you had asked me a month ago about starting Peterman in games that counted, I’d have told you it was a terrible idea. As a rookie, Peterman was mostly a disaster, completing 25-of-52 passes for 266 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions (stats include playoffs). He was better in the preseason last year (43-of-79, 453 yards, 1 touchdown, 75.2 rating) Youth Shaq Lawson Jersey , but his numbers were far from Earth-shattering. Even positive reports from training camp this summer couldn’t sway me from my position. Peterman was a backup, a subpar one at that, and nothing more.However, watching him in these two games has changed my perspective a bit. He looks to be in command of the offense, and he has improved in some areas of weakness. His arm will never be mistaken for Allen’s, but it does appear that he has added some velocity, and he has enough mobility to make plays with his legs when things fall apart around him. He thrived against Carolina via the same formula that was successful for him at times last season—when his read was open on his third or fifth step, the ball came out and he completed passes. His problem last year was that, when that read wasn’t open, or it merely appeared to be open, he lacked the confidence to quickly move to his next read and the arm strength to jam the ball into tight windows. Peterman may very well be a below-average quarterback. He may not develop into a legitimate NFL starter, and he may struggle once the opposition begins game planning for Buffalo’s offense with him at the helm. He needs to prove that he can consistently complete passes down the field, thereby loosening the tight coverage that gave him fits last season. However, all of that is pure speculation at this point. What has actually transpired is what’s worth noting, and what has actually transpired is that Peterman has been fantastic so far in 2018. He’s already looked more comfortable throwing downfield, giving me hope for his continued growth in that regard. Josh Allen may be the future at quarterback Youth John Miller Jersey , and he is certainly putting pressure on the coaching staff to accelerate their plan for his development in the present. However, Nathan Peterman is providing quality competition right now, seemingly providing the Bills with at least two solid passers in 2018. If reports regarding AJ McCarron’s injury are accurate, that could prevent the veteran from showing that he is the third competent quarterback on Buffalo’s current roster. Soon, Sean McDermott will have to decide which one will open the season as the starter for the team, and given the strong performances Allen and Peterman have turned in so far, he might have trouble deciding which of the two has earned the nod.And that is a very good problem for the Buffalo Bills to have. As one of Zay Jones’s harshest critics last year, I was on record as saying that he’d need more than normal improvement in his second year to cut it as an NFL receiver. A respectable yards-per-catch in 2017 was dragged down by the anchor of a truly sub-par catch rate. In his rookie year, Jones seemed to struggle to build chemistry and confidence. This season has seen an overall reduction in offensive play and production for the Buffalo Bills. Zay Jones though? He’s made a big jump. Play 1This is from the Wild Card round last year. Most of the criticism directed Zay Jones’s way related to his ability to acclimate to the NFL and synchronize with his team. One thing that should not have been critiqued was effort. Here, Jones runs a route well enough. When he sees the play has developed elsewhere he immediately finds a person to block. This is nothing if not completely normal for Jones. Play 2This is as good a play as any to encompass Jones’s 2017 season. On shorter finesse routes he was able to get open pretty consistently. When timing plays popped into the offense things generally went alright—it’s the little things that can sink you though. Notice that Jones creeps away from the line-to-gain ever so slightly. Had he run his route flat he’d catch the ball a hair later but closer to the sticks. Teeny-tiny things kept Jones from being the receiver we all hoped for in 2017. Play 3Here we are in the present season. On this crossing route, Jones’s initial cut gives him a step on the defender. There’s some clutter in the throwing lanes to Jones, but a well-timed pass with a little touch is likely a first down. Thus begins our pattern. For a timing quarterback, Jones provides plenty of opportunities for chunk plays such as this. Play 4The clip pretty much says it all. In less than a second, Jones has gone from sprinting in one direction to ready to catch a pass in the other direction. Tramon Williams is stride-for-stride with Jones to start, but this quick change of direction results in a cushion of nearly three yards. While there’s not much room for yards-after-catch, there’s opportunity in plays like these. As team chemistry increases Authentic Kyle Williams Jersey , the hope is that the Bills can find these quick gains to keep the offense on the field. Jones has refined these cuts in 2018 and could be a consistent option. Play 5I hate to say “I told you so” but... Well alright, I’m perfectly fine saying it. The quick plant works just as well (if not even better) than the last play. The pass is likely a little late and any chance at turning upfield is lost. Play 6If everything goes according to plan, this is as close to a crystal ball as I think I can give you. Josh Allen trusts Jones and lets the ball rip on time. These quick breaks by Jones can be lethal at a few levels of the field. If this kind of rapport can be built between these two, the future could be bright for the Bills. Coming back to Earth on this, both players have some work to do to aim for a consistent ability to pull this off. Play 7The Bills could do the team a favor and look for someone who is better able to take the top off the defense. At full speed ahead, Jones’ ability to quickly change direction is negated (as is the case with just about everyone because of physics). Without that skill to fall back on, he’s generally blanketed. This is less a knock on Jones, and more a statement that the team still has a few things to sort out. Jones is asked to do a lot as a result of a lack of other options, which will put him in disadvantageous positions on occasion. Play 8Sometimes Jones’s struggles are due to circumstances out of his control. Like poor officiating. This play is included as it was frequently referenced and asked about. Jones runs a good timing route and Allen has him for a big gain. Unfortunately, Jones is blasted well before the ball gets to him and for some reason no flag is thrown. There’s no defense of the non-call—the only possible explanation is that Tyrann Mathieu was also going for the ball. In order to do that though, he’d have had to work toward the right side of the screen. Instead, he very obviously just demolishes Zay Jones. Play 9If nothing else, Brian Daboll has seen the global value that Jones brings to the table. Jones has seen a significant increase in playing time this year under Daboll. A big reason is likely that he is a willing and able blocker. The continuous improvement of Zay Jones and the on-field effort have been a silver lining for the Bills’ offense.
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