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Friday open thread: Do you agree with the Bills’ decision to sit Josh Allen against the Lions?

Buffalo will not risk injuring their franchise cornerstone.

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Preseason is always weird with different teams choosing to play starters different amounts. Really, the decision often comes down to each player’s own situation: rookies are treated differently than veterans, injured players are handled cautiously, new additions need more reps with the team.

Josh Allen has started to turn himself into one of the league’s top quarterbacks, and the Buffalo Bills decided to pay him like one this offseason. Given his investment, and also his play on the field last season, Sean McDermott and company decided there is nothing to gain by playing him Friday against the Lions.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Do you agree with the Bills’ decision to sit Josh Allen against the Lions?

My answer: In short, yes; I will never advocate for established players having to play during the preseason. Allen is not even close to fighting for his job, and while it may be nice for him to get some reps with the first-team offense, the trade-off just does not seem worth it for a competing Bills team.

Reducing the preseason to just three games will force teams to readjust their planning, but even a new quarterback like Jared Goff in Detroit is unlikely to get too much playing time. While it would be fun for fans — and good for the Lions defense — to face a player like Allen, this decision seems obvious.

Your turn.


Are the Bills right to sit Josh Allen?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Yes, it’s preseason!
    (506 votes)
  • 8%
    No, everyone needs reps
    (48 votes)
  • 2%
    No, it hurts the product
    (16 votes)
570 votes total Vote Now