Josh Allen is one step closer to being called Buffalo Bills Week 1 starts.
The team announced on Monday that rookie quarterback will launch Buffalo's all-important third pre-season game against Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
This will be Allen's first start as a professional. The highly armed rookie was the third quarterback to play in Buffalo's first pre-season game and the other to play in last week's competition.
The news comes days after quarterback AJ McCarron injured his shoulder during the Buffalo Exhibition against Cleveland. McCarron was drawn to Allen only four series in Friday's game after suffering what was a criminal collar.
But further tests showed that McCarron was not affected by hair fracture, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport prepared Monday. The fifth year-old quarterback is day-to-day and is expected to return to exercise when the sore throat goes away.
With McCarron kept for the time, Allen worked for starters for the first time on Monday.
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After showing significant improvement against Browns and in the face of McCarron's adversity, Allen is now in the top position to secure the starting game in Buffalo. All that will take is a positive achievement in a half-plus work against Cincy on Sunday.
The lead up to the draft, Allen was called the smallest NFL ready for the first five-quarter quarterbacks, due to his incorrectness and his poor showings against the Power Five competition in Wyoming. Now he is a solid week away from being the first rookie from class 2018 to start a regular season game. Go figure.