As expected, Bills quarterback Josh Allen will start Sunday against the Jaguars, coach Sean McDermott told reporters Friday.
The rookie has missed the past four games with an elbow injury, but has been a full participant in practice this week, and McDermott said Allen will start Sunday “if he gets through (Friday’s practice).”
Allen’s presence Sunday is sure to please Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who before the season said he couldn’t wait for the matchup with Allen, who he labeled “trash.”
“I think Allen is trash. I don’t care what nobody say. He’s trash. And it’s gonna show too. That’s a stupid draft pick to me,” Ramsey said. “We play them this year, and I’m excited as hell. I hope he’s their starting quarterback.
“If you look at his games against big schools, it was always hella interceptions, hella turnovers. It’s like: Yo, if you’re this good, why couldn’t you do better? He fits that mold, he’s a big, tall quarterback. Big arm, supposedly. I don’t see it, personally.”
The Bills had struggled to fill the post in Allen’s absence. Backup Derek Anderson went down with a concussion and Nathan Peterman tossed five interceptions and was later released. Matt Barkley, pressed into duty just more than a week after the Bills signed him, played well in a 41-10 win against the Jets in Week 10, with 232 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bills’ first-round pick (No. 7 overall) in this year’s draft, Allen has shown flashes of his potential but also had a typical rookie QB learning curve. He has 832 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions.