If I hear another person say Josh Allen needs to sit for a year to develop, I’m going to retire at halftime. Most people assume that he will need a year on the bench simply because he went to a small school and he was a wild gunslinger QB. I can certainly understand this point of view but what people are missing is his physical ability and metal game are more accustomed for pro football. I thought his performance against the Chargers was really good for a rookie QB’s first start. He showed everyone that the game is not too big for him.
Josh Allen stats Passing Comp Att Pct yds avg TD Int sck Qbr 18 / 33 55% 245 7.4 1 2 5 63.3
My quick observations:
Opens up the entire field with his ability to throw downfield Poise in the pocket Great mobility in the pocket Runs the offense with confidence Leadership Qualities
Ball placement needs to get better both short and long passes Needs more experience in pass protections pre-snap Has tendency to stare down WRs Decision making needs to be faster
Bills fans should be excited about this guy because during his first start he showed flashes that he could become the franchise QB Bills fans have been starving for.
But we’ve said that in the past…
First starts by QBs drafted by the Buffalo Bills. *did not start rookie year
*Stats from NFL.com
Overall I would say the Bills are handling the development of Josh Allen the right way. He can handle the mental game and his play-making ability is something special. He will only get better from here by playing in games, adjusting to the game speed, and processing what opposing defenses are throwing at him. He said yesterday the Chargers threw some defensive looks at him that he hasn’t seen before.
“I felt comfortable for the most part. There were some things that we didn’t see on film and I didn’t see on film so… thats being a rookie thats part of it. The defensive coordinator is always going to try to throw you something different and try to get you out of your element. I gonna be better with pass protection and I gotta be better with getting the ball out quicker…”
Josh Allen during the post game press conference from BuffaloBills.com
Any rookie QB can use all the help they can get and I’m sure Mcbeane has discussed bringing in a veteran QB to help the rookie with preparation as he adjusts to the NFL level.
Best Fit Free Agent QBs
Smoking Jay Cutler (NO Chance)
*outside of these three guys your guess is as good as mine. I wonder what Kyle Orton is up too, or what would it cost to bring in Peyton Manning. Everyone has a price right? All I know is Nate Peterman is not a capable backup and this team needs all the experience they can get, especially in the QB room.