Rapoport explains that the quarterback competition was really close this summer with Nathan Peterman just barely edging out Allen for the starting job. Beyond that, Rapoport says that Buffalo never viewed this season as a redshirt year for Allen and felt he would play at some point in the year.
Source tell Jason La Canfora that the Bills brass felt they had no choice but to demote Peterman and go with Allen after Peterman failed to finish a start for the third straight game.
“You wish you had more to go on than just the three starts, and it might be different if this was a veteran with a five-year body of work,” a team source tells La Canfora. “But you don’t have anything else to go on, and after it happens a second time you can’t just write it off as an anomaly.”
According to La Canfora, the Bills are continuing to monitor the waiver wire and other team’s depth charts for potential quarterbacks to add to the mix.
Allen, 22, was taken with the No. 7 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft by the Bills. According to OverTheCap.com, Allen receives a four-year, $21,265,508 contract that includes a $13,545,824 signing bonus.
The contract includes a fifth-year option for the Bills to pick up in 2021.
During his three-year college career at Wyoming, Allen recorded 365 completions on 649 attempts (56.2 percent) 5,066 yards, 44 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions to go along with 237 rushing attempts for 767 yards (3.2 YPC), 12 rushing touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown.