The Buffalo Bills selected Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm in the fifth round of this year’s draft. That doesn’t make him a shoo-in to included on the team’s opening day roster.
There was lots of head-scratching when the Buffalo Bills selected former Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft. Although he was projected to be a late-second to mid-third round pick, Fromm fell through the draft faster than a skydiver with a broken parachute. Buffalo didn’t need a QB, so it was a surprise when they selected one.
Fromm showed a winning pedigree at Georgia. But with third-year franchise QB Josh Allen established as the starter and his backup Matt Barkley already signed, fans questioned General Manager Brandon Beane’s selection. During head coach Sean McDermott‘s three-year tenure, Buffalo has kept just two quarterbacks active each week.
Quarterback is the hardest position in the NFL to develop. Unless a rookie signal-caller is a top-100 pick or a revelation such as Dak Prescott, nothing is guaranteed. This year it’s even more difficult. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic pause in structured football activities, there have been no practices, or even a chance to meet with teammates or coaches in person. It will be hard for many first-year players to get reps, let alone quarterbacks.
The Buffalo Bills will give Allen as many snaps in training camp as he needs to be ready for the 2020 season. Additionally, Barkley will need to get in there now and then because he is plan B if Allen goes down. That doesn’t leave much for Fromm or veteran journeyman Davis Webb.
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Most teams keep all their picks for the first year because they have invested valuable draft capital in the player. Fromm, however, is in a unique position due to the circumstances of both his selection and the
In the end, there are three ways Fromm is a member of Buffalo Bills come opening day. First, McDermott decides to keep three QBs on the roster, which is possible, but unlikely. Next, either Allen or Barkley gets injured before the first game, and Beane doesn’t sign a veteran replacement. Finally, Buffalo takes a gamble by cutting Fromm, hope he passes through waivers and then resigns him to their practice squad.
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