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Bills rookie QB Allen to start vs. Chargers

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13 Sep 2018, 01:54 GMT+10

Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott named rookie quarterback Josh Allen as the team's starter for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Allen, who was the seventh overall pick of April's draft, will become the second member of the Class of 2018 to start at quarterback this season. Sam Darnold, who was the third overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, was under center in the New York Jets' 48-17 season-opening victory versus the Detroit Lions on Monday.

The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Allen drove the Bills (0-1) to their only score of Sunday's 47-3 lopsided setback to the Baltimore Ravens -- a field goal by Stephen Hauschka. He also had a touchdown pass that was dropped by wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

"I don't feel a need, honestly, to elaborate (on my decision)," McDermott said. "We talk a lot in-house about decisions and the right move. ... This is the right move for us."

Allen finished 6 of 15 for 74 yards in relief of an ineffective Nathan Peterman. The rookie absorbed three sacks and was flushed out of the pocket on numerous occasions, leading to his 26 rushing yards on five scrambles.

The Bills managed just 10 first downs and 153 total yards, were 2 of 15 on third down, and averaged just 2.5 yards per play.

Allen passed for 1,966 yards with 19 touchdowns last season at Wyoming. He ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in 4.75 seconds with a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump.

As for Peterman, he likely doesn't have fond memories of his last meeting with the Chargers (0-1). He threw five interceptions in the first half against Los Angeles during his first career start last season.

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