Quick Hits: Josh Allen to participate in individual drill work at practice, remains in concussion protocol

Josh Allen; Buffalo Bills Practice, One Bills Drive. September 18, 2019. Photo by Sara Schmidle
Josh Allen; Buffalo Bills Practice, One Bills Drive. September 18, 2019. Photo by Sara Schmidle

1. Josh Allen to participate in individual drill work at practice, remains in concussion protocol

Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s status remains unchanged from Sunday’s game when he was placed in concussion protocol. That leaves the Bills coaching staff with the challenge of getting backup Matt Barkley ready to start if he needs to on Sunday in Nashville, while also bringing Allen along in the event he clears protocol this week.

“We’ll get them both ready, but with Josh being in the protocol, he’ll do some individual drill work out there, but other than that he’s in the protocol,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “We’ve got a lot of confidence in Josh. We’ve got a lot of confidence in Matt and that’s where it is.”

McDermott also confirmed that Allen was in team meetings today as the game plan was installed for Tennessee.

Buffalo’s sideline boss doesn’t deny that getting the reps in practice will be important, but it’ll be Barkley taking the first team reps here on Wednesday.

“It’s very important at every position and at the quarterback position in particular with the timing and the reads,” he said.

When asked about Allen’s propensity to take hits at the end of his runs in an effort to maximize the yardage gained, McDermott did acknowledge that Allen like most young players has to find the balance between helping the team and remaining available week after week.

“Every young player has to figure out how to play in this league, number one to be effective and then so they can play a long time,” said McDermott. “That’s what happens with young players.”

Also in the concussion protocol along with Allen are safety Dean Marlowe and fullback Pat DiMarco.

2. RB Devin Singletary and CB Taron Johnson still limited

On Monday, coach McDermott said Devin Singletary was close to being active in last Sunday’s game after returning to practice late in the week. On Wednesday however, his participation in practice will still be limited.

“Devin will be limited today as will Taron (Johnson),” McDermott said.

Singletary and Johnson are both recovering from hamstring injuries. Johnson has missed the last three games after sustaining his injury in the opener, while Singletary has missed the last two games.

McDermott was asked if Singletary’s limited status should be considered a setback, and Buffalo’s head coach refuted that.

“No, it’s just where he is as it relates to the designation more than anything,” said McDermott of Singletary. “We’ll see how he does.”

Linebacker Corey Thompson and tight end Tyler Kroft will not practice Wednesday due to ankle injuries.

3. "It’s a line of scrimmage league"

While coach McDermott will never be satisfied with his team’s overall performance in any given week, he is encouraged by the way his defensive front has moved opposing quarterbacks off their spot or out of the pocket due to pressure.

Buffalo’s offensive line has also won their share of battles at the line and have been more consistent in doing so than last year’s unit as they continue to jell.

“This is a line of scrimmage league,” McDermott said. “We believe in winning at the line of scrimmage. When we have eight sacks, you always want nine. We’ve done some good things and we’re doing some good things with a lot of room for improvement. I’m confident in those guys and I like how fast we’re playing and how physical we’re playing. It’s never enough though. That’s how I’m always going to look at it.”

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