The Bills have been changing quarterbacks on a weekly, or even daily, basis since OTA’s began in May.
Ryan Groy agreed this week’s switch to Josh Allen is just business as usual at One Bills Drive.
The Bills understand there will be growing pains with Allen, but they believe in his ability to win games.
“I’m confident in Josh. He’s very talented,” LeSean McCoy said. “He’s extremely smart and intelligent. I’m happy with the move.”
“The coaches know what they’re doing,” Dion Dawkins said. “Josh got drafted high for a reason and we believe in him.”
Micah Hyde thinks Allen has come a long way in his growth and maturation process since OTA’s.
“He hasn’t made the same mistake twice and, as a rookie, that’s the best thing you can do,” McDermott said. “We’re excited for him. He’s a gamer. He’s a playmaker. He’s a competitor and we’re excited to see what he can do.”
Allen’s former Wyoming teammate Eddie Yarbrough said he’s pumped to see Allen get his first shot. The two celebrated Wednesday with a few games of ping-pong in the locker room (Yarbrough says he won).
Last year, it was Yarbrough getting his first taste of NFL regular season football. He doesn’t think Allen needs to be anything except himself.
“You’ve prepared in practice, made the checks, made everything up to this point correctly,” Yarbrough said. “We’ve been playing this game since we were kids, so don’t put too much jazz on it. Just go out there, play the game and have some fun.”
McCoy likes to say he doesn’t much like rookies, but makes an exception for Allen.
“If I had to draft a quarterback, I’d draft a kid like him,” McCoy said. “He’s mobile. He’s tall. He’s not afraid. He’s got a big arm. When I say those things about rookies, guys like him and Tre (White)? They’re special. They’re different.”
“We’ve been able to train with him, see him through OTA’s. We know he has all the tools, all the measurables to go out there and help us win,” Jerry Hughes said. “I think for us, as a defensive unit, what can we do to help them out on offense.”
It’s not just the defense that can help. McCoy joked his best way to assist Allen is “40 carries,” but says he will remind the other skill players that what they do Sunday can make a big difference.
“Make it easy on him. If it’s the wrong read and it’s a tough catch, make it,” McCoy said. “Every extra advantage is big for a rookie’s confidence.”