QB1, done: Starters sit preseason openers

Starting quarterbacks are mastering the sideline route this preseason.Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Mac Jones of the Patriots are the latest starting quarterbacks to be informed they won’t play in preseason openers this week, extending a trend that goes well beyond the majority of No. 1 quarterbacks in the league.”Josh Allen will not play in our preseason game on Saturday,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said Thursday morning.Jones is out for the Patriots in Thursday’s opener against the Giants, who already determined Daniel Jones will play a limited number of snaps with the first-team offense.The Ravens are sitting Lamar Jackson on Thursday when the Tennessee Titans roll into Baltimore. Ticketmaster listed 100-level seats for the game for $20 and the upper levels offered $5 tickets.Sitting top-tier starters in preseason games is not new.Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been on the field for a live snap in a Packers preseason game since 2018.”I don’t see any benefit to it,” Rodgers said of potentially taking the field for one series. “I definitely don’t see any benefit to playing one series. If we’re going to play, we should play and play a quarter, a couple of series, two to three series. Just suiting up for four plays, to me, is a waste.”