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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Articles tagged: Josh Allen

Coach says Bills are ‘not rushing’ top pick Josh Allen

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The Buffalo Bills drafted Josh Allen in the first round with the intention that he will be their quarterback for many years to come, but that does not mean the former Wyoming star is going to start in his rookie season.

The Bills are holding an open competition between Allen, A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman, and preseason games could ultimately be the deciding factor in who wins the job. But with Allen, Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott made it clear on Tuesday that the team is intentionally taking it slow.

For Buffalo’s preseason opener on Thursday night, it does not sound like Allen is going to start.

Believe it or not, Peterman has seemed like the most impressive QB in training camp thus far. Even if McCarron or Peterman win the Week 1 job, the Bills probably won’t hesitate to go to Allen midway through the season if things aren’t going well. The last thing they want to do is stunt his growth by putting him under center before he’s ready. They simply invested too much in him to go that route.

LeSean McCoy raves about ‘special’ Josh Allen

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Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has not been around Josh Allen very long, but he already likes what he sees.

Addressing reporters on Tuesday, McCoy raved about the rookie quarterback.

“I gotta be honest, he’s pretty good,” said the six-time Pro Bowler. “And I’m not a big fan of rookies. Probably my best rookie I think I liked in my career has probably been Tre [cornerback Tre’Davious White]. Tre is really good. And a lot of guys as rookies, they’re not like him.

“[The] quarterback is on that level,” McCoy added. “He’s good. He’s smart. He has to learn, of course. He throws some passes that probably shouldn’t have been thrown. But other than that, strong arm, he’s very intelligent … As a talent level, he’s gonna be really good for a lot of years, and I wanna be a part of that when he takes over eventually. We took him early in the draft, so that’s common sense. But he’s special, that’s for sure.”

The 22-year-old Allen was taken by the Bills with the No. 7 overall pick in this year’s draft but may have gotten off on the wrong foot with his new teammates to start. Regardless though, it is obvious that Allen is supremely talented, and he is already proving that early on in camp.

Josh Allen has awesome reaction to meeting Jim Kelly

Josh Allen

Josh Allen and his fellow Buffalo Bills rookies were on the field Friday for their first minicamp practice, and a very special guest was in attendance. How special? Allen’s reaction to meeting him says it all.

Jim Kelly, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, watched Allen throw passes and chatted with the former Wyoming star for a while. Allen said he was “shaking” after meeting the Hall of Famer.

As you can see, Kelly was using a cane to help him get around. The 58-year-old recently underwent another surgery after his cancer returned, but it’s a great sign that he felt well enough to attend the Bills’ practice.

While rookie minicamp can be a bit boring, Allen’s first day on the practice field was anything but. Between meeting Kelly and already getting trolled by one of the NFL’s best defensive backs, you could say Allen got tossed right into the fire.

Jalen Ramsey trolls Josh Allen, Bills over rookie minicamp video

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The Buffalo Bills opened their rookie minicamp on Friday, which gave folks a chance to see first-round pick Josh Allen in action. It also gave Jalen Ramsey an opportunity to take his first shot at the former Wyoming star.

Players were on the field in shells and shorts, and the Bills shared a video on social media of Allen taking his first snaps of the offseason.

Ramsey, who was apparently not impressed with the play design, Allen’s mechanics, or both, described the half-hearted throw as “a pick waiting to happen.”

Perhaps realizing how cruel it was to jump down a rookie’s throat right away, Ramsey deleted the tweet and wrote the following:

The Jaguars travel to Buffalo to face the Bills this season, so Ramsey will get his shot at welcoming Allen to the NFL if the rookie is starting by then. We have seen examples of the star cornerback being one of the biggest trash-talkers in football, so it’s no surprise he wanted to be the first to rip on Allen.

Jets’ Jamal Adams trolls new division rival Josh Allen

Jamal Adams

After a strong rookie campaign, New York Jets safety Jamal Adams is ready to take his game to the next level, and that includes tormenting his rival AFC East quarterbacks.

One of those rival quarterbacks is now Josh Allen, selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the NFL Draft. It turns out Adams is looking forward to seeing Allen, judging by the message he sent along with a retweet of a GIF of Allen throwing an interception while at Wyoming.

You can bet Adams has heard a thing or two about those accuracy issues Allen has dealt with, and he’d like to take advantage of them. Have to start the mind games early, after all.

Bills to hold open competition with Josh Allen, other QBs

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AJ McCarron signed with the Buffalo Bills knowing he has a great chance to earn a starting job in 2018, but he will have to beat out the team’s first-round pick in order for that to happen.

The Bills traded up to No. 7 to draft former Wyoming star Josh Allen, which means they are obviously confident he can be their quarterback of the future. In fact, general manager Brandon Beane says the team is not ruling out the possibility of Allen starting as a rookie.

“We’re not going to rush him, but you know if he somehow wins the job, he wins it,” Beane said, via Matthew Fairburn of NewYorkUpstate.com. “There’s other players out there. There will be 52 other players out there and if they see that he’s clearly the best, I don’t think we (bench him). We wouldn’t do that at any other position, so we’ll let it go.

“But he’s got a lot of catching up to do, that’s the thing. AJ (McCarron) and Nathan (Peterman) are a long way ahead just getting in here with (offensive coordinator) Brian (Daboll) when the offseason conditioning program started.”

In the meantime, Allen is saying all the right things.

“My goal is to help this team win football games, whether that’s being the starter day one, game six, game ten, a year from now, two years from now, or just being a backup to AJ or Nate,” the rookie told reporters. “That’s what I’m going to be; I’m going to be the best teammate possible.”

Allen would probably benefit from sitting out for a season, as most rookie quarterbacks go through serious growing pains if they end up starting immediately. He also had some accuracy issues in college, though he believes he knows how to fix them. Our best guess is McCarron will start in Week 1 unless Allen lights it up in his first training camp.

Josh Allen thinks he knows how to fix his accuracy issues

Josh Allen

The big knock against Josh Allen throughout the draft process has been his accuracy issues.

Allen completed just 56.2 percent of his passes at Wyoming. We also learned that his completion percentage in junior college was even worse.

Allen was taken No. 7 overall by the Buffalo Bills, who traded up with Tampa Bay to get him. He has heard all about his accuracy issues and thinks they can be fixed.

According to Bills reporter Joe Buscaglia, Allen said Friday that he feels his accuracy problems are tied to his footwork and that if he fixes his footwork, he can be as accurate as anybody.

Allen may think that this is a fixable issue, but we feel otherwise. Accuracy is something you either have or don’t have. You can maybe improve, but you don’t change what you are. It’s certainly buyer beware for Buffalo, though they clearly aren’t worried about that or the other issue with Allen.