The Buffalo Bills want Josh Allen to be the quarterback of the future. But that does not mean the future is now.

Lest we forget, this is a team coming off a playoff berth for the first time in nearly two decades. The fanbase is ready for another winning season and hasn't signed up for another year of growing pains, just because they drafted Allen in the first round. Plus, that means other fans get to see more Bills Mafia celebrations, if and when they come out on top. So when you think about it, everyone wants them to win now.

The preseason is all about analyzing which players give you the best chance to win, and Allen hasn't been the Bills best quarterback thus far.

It has, hands down, been Nathan Peterman.

Think about when this team had success last season. It was when then-starter, Tyrod Taylor, went deep. Allen is supposed to be the player with a big arm, but it's been Peterman that has shown off his cannon early on. He's completed eight passes of 20 or more yards so far this preseason.

Peterman has shined on more than just the deep ball. Through three games, the second-year pro has completed 33-of-41 passes at a gaudy 80.5 percent rate for 431 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception for a QB rating of 124.7.

Has Allen gotten better? For the most part, yes. But he struggled with Bills starters during their most recent contest, going 6-for-12 for just 34 yards and getting sacked five times. In comparison, Peterman came in and put 13 points on the board while going 16-for-21 for 200 yards and a touchdown.

Overall, Allen's line of 24-for-44 for 210 yards and two touchdowns with a QB rating of 82.6 isn't bad, but it's also not the best the team has to offer. 

While any team would love to give the keys to their first-round pick, Peterman might force the Bills' hand and be named their starting QB before Week 1. 

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