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Quick Hits: QB Tyree Jackson likely to start preseason finale

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyree Jackson (6) Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions at Ford Field, August 23, 2019. Photo by Bill Wippert.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyree Jackson (6) Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions at Ford Field, August 23, 2019. Photo by Bill Wippert.

1. QB Tyree Jackson likely to start preseason finale

In the final game of the Bills preseason it looks like undrafted rookie QB Tyree Jackson will see his most extensive action. Though head coach Sean McDermott didn't fully confirm the UB product as the starter against the Vikings on Thursday night, he indicated that he is leaning that way.

"We're still in conversations about that, but more than likely I would say," McDermott said.

To this point in the preseason, Jackson has just 24 pass attempts and eight completions. He has also rushed for 32 yards.

On Thursday night, with most of the starters not expected to take the field, Jackson could eclipse those figures knowing he'll be getting the most playing time he's seen in a Bills uniform.

Jackson has not been the beneficiary of a lot of reps in practice either as the offensive staff is focused on getting Josh Allen and Matt Barkley ready for the regular season, but McDermott has seen Jackson make strides with his personal game.

"It's hard for rookie quarterbacks to play in this league and come in and be comfortable," he said. "I think he's gotten more comfortable with each exposure in the games. He's been in the games in good situational moments, at the end of most games. I've seen him grow in those areas for sure."

2. Decision still to be made on Tyler Kroft

Bills TE Tyler Kroft remains sidelined after foot surgery back in the spring. He still has not been cleared to practice. Currently on Active PUP, Kroft is eligible to be activated as soon as he's medically cleared. But with final cuts coming up on Saturday and the regular season just 13 days away, the Bills will consider all their options on a designation for Kroft on their roster.

"I would say we continue to evaluate where he is in his progress," said McDermott. "That's an almost daily conversation that Brandon and I have with (Head Athletic Trainer) Nate (Breske) and our medical staff and how it affects the overall numbers as we get to that main cut down at this point."

Scroll through to see the best photos from Buffalo's practice on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019.

3. Bojorquez still competing
On Monday, P Corey Bojorquez's main competition for the punting job was moved off the roster. Cory Carter was released to make room for DE Jeff Holland, who was claimed off waivers.

When asked where that leaves Bojorquez in terms of landing the punting job, Buffalo's head coach indicated the competition isn't over yet.

"He's still competing. He understands that and I liked what he did yesterday (in practice)," said McDermott. "We put him in a situation where he had to execute at a high level and I thought he did a good job with that. I did like some of the balls he kicked later in the game against Detroit. Situational balls where we were pooch punting. Then we were backed up so he had some good situational experience there. We need to continue to find consistency at this point."

Through the preseason Bojorquez has a gross punting average of 45.4 and a net punting average of 41.2. with a long of 58 yards.

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