In the offseason the Buffalo Bills parted ways with their signal caller of the past three seasons, Tyrod Taylor. It was a questionable move, but the Bills did bolster the QB position after letting Taylor go.
They signed coveted Cincinnati Bengals backup AJ McCarron, and drafted Josh Allen with the seventh pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. Although the team has been high on their rookie, Allen, many expected the team to turn to the veteran McCarron through at least the first portion of the season.
In the team’s second preseason game though, that potential plan took a huge hit.
McCarron went 3 for 6 for 12 yards on the first two series (both of which were three and outs). On his final incompletion, McCarron was rocked by Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. As Garrett yanked McCarron to the turf, something had to give.
We now are hearing from a report by NFL.com, that what ultimately gave was McCarron’s right collar bone. According to the report, McCarron has a hairline fracture in his collar bone, and will be out for at least a few weeks.
Although we have seen what happens when quarterbacks rush back into service after collar bone injuries (Tony Romo a few years ago).
This may back the Bills into a corner where they are forced to throw their rookie QB into the fire in week 1. The only quarterback behind Allen on the depth chart is Nathan Peterman.
Peterman, a second year player, started two games in relief of Taylor last season. One of those starts was an abysmal five interception performance in a 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Overall Peterman is 24 of 49 (49% completion rate) passing for 252 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions.