Since Josh Allen returned to the lineup, several areas of the rookie quarterback’s game have improved. The development of Allen’s game is not only better from where it was at the start of the season. Head coach Sean McDermott is seeing steps being taken by Allen on a weekly basis.
“I went back and watched the Miami game a few days ago and he looks like a different player than he did from two or three games ago, which is important and good for him,” McDermott said. “The way the game is slowing down for him is encouraging.”
This Sunday figures to be one of the more challenging tests to that development. New England’s defense under the leadership of Bill Belichick has a record of 24-0 against quarterbacks 25-years old or younger at Gillette Stadium.
“Josh has another opportunity to grow and develop. Now it’s on the road against a very good football team. Against a defense he didn’t face the first time around,” McDermott said. “There are going to be things that defenses do that he hasn’t seen, but he’s really in my mind determined to improve every week.
“A lot of that comes from the way he was raised, but also from the support he’s getting in the room from the coaches and his teammates. So it’s really just about taking another step one week at a time. The goal is to keep him healthy and give him the chance to grow and develop and get those reps that are important.”
McCoy on right track to return, Kyle Williams sidelined He missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, but sitting out last Sunday for the win over Detroit has appeared to be very beneficial for LeSean McCoy’s chances of playing this weekend at New England.
Coach McDermott sounded optimistic about McCoy returning to the lineup on Sunday when he addressed the media Wednesday.
“He’s in a pretty good spot coming off the injury from last week, so we’ll watch how he does today,” said McDermott of McCoy.
Meanwhile one of Buffalo’s most seasoned players has done a heck of a job staying healthy this season, but DT Kyle Williams won’t be practicing today.
“Kyle Williams has a little bit of a back (injury),” said McDermott.
No word on the severity of the injury. Williams has played in all 14 games thus far this season and has had good production over his career in games against New England.
Also not practicing is CB Ryan Lewis, who remains in concussion protocol.
New WR Bolden makes good first impression Today is the first day newly acquired WR Victor Bolden will have a chance to demonstrate his ability on the practice field after the team signed him off the San Francisco practice squad. But it should be noted that Bolden’s game tape and first face-to-face meeting with the Bills head coach went well.
If he can back it up with a few good days of practice, the return specialist could get a look on special teams sooner rather than later.
“We’ll see,” said McDermott. “We’ll get out there today for practice, but in the short amount of time I’ve been around the young man and then what I saw on tape I like. He seems like an energetic young man with good juice and a competitive fire that jumps out to me on tape. We’ll get a feel today and tomorrow and go from there.”
Bolden had four returns for touchdowns in his college career at Oregon State.