Josh Allen does not like to be touched, especially in training camp — something he made abundantly clear to defensive tackle Jordan Phillips in the Bills’ practice on Saturday.
Allen shoved Phillips immediately following the final play of practice, causing a brief skirmish between the offense and defense before both sides departed. No one was reported hurt.
Allen took issue with contact Phillips made on the play: The quarterback kept the ball on a keeper, while Phillips — who was signed by Buffalo for a second stint this offseason after spending a season with the Cardinals — backtracked to give the fifth-year signal-caller a slight bump.
In fairness to Phillips, he clearly pulled up so as not to actually hit the team’s franchise quarterback. That said, even that was too much for Allen, who had also slowed to a near-stop to avoid contact. He immediately shoved Phillips following the play:
Things got just a little heated between Josh Allen and Jordan Phillips at Bills camp today 😅
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports)
Allen and Phillips will likely hash things out by the end of camp, if they haven’t already.
The Bills QB took to Twitter Sunday in reaction to the scuffle.
Man I love football 😤 the boys got going yesterday, and it’s all love! 😁 First day of pads, just pushing each other to be great ❤️ that is all!
— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB)
Fights and skirmishes are routine parts of training camp as players get acclimated to their teammates and rigorous practices.
Still, coach Sean McDermott couldn’t have been too pleased that the first such breakout this year involved Allen.
The Bills are coming off three straight double digit-win seasons and three straight trips to the playoff. Buffalo has the talent in place, particularly at quarterback and receiver, to fuel a run deep into the playoffs. All of that, of course, could be derailed by an untimely injury to Allen.
Especially if that injury occurs on an insignificant play in training camp.