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Josh Allen addresses skirmish at training camp

Josh Allen wears a Bills hat

Sep 27, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) jogs off the field following the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen on Sunday addressed via Twitter his skirmish with a teammate that occurred during Buffalo Bills training camp on Saturday.

Allen was wearing a red no-contact jersey at practice. Despite wearing the red jersey, he was bumped by teammate Jordan Phillips during a 2-point conversion drill. Allen pushed Phillips, and the two were separated (video here).

A day after the incident drew some attention, Allen addressed matters.

“Man I love football,” Allen wrote. “The boys got going yesterday, and it’s all love! First day of pads, just pushing each other to be great that is all!”

The incident was extremely minor. But since there are cell phone cameras everywhere recording videos and taking pictures, stuff gets shared and circulated much easier. That causes things to receive much more attention than necessary. That was the case with this incident.

Allen is entering his fifth NFL season and looking to send the Bills to the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

Josh Allen sparks heated practice scuffle with teammates

Josh Allen with a hat on

Aug 28, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) walks to the field prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Scuffles are a fact of life during NFL training camp, even among teammates. Still, the one that took place in Buffalo Bills camp Saturday was fairly intense and notable.

Quarterback Josh Allen was working on two-point conversions with the offense Saturday, but was bumped by defensive tackle Jordan Phillips despite wearing the red no-contact jersey. Allen was clearly upset with this and shoved Phillips, starting a confrontation.

The incident itself looked pretty innocuous, but there may have been some buildup. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that Bills defensive linemen were “buzzing around” quarterbacks throughout practice. Thad Brown of WROC in Rochester added that Allen had also dealt with defensive lineman Ed Oliver falling at his knees during Friday’s practice.

The Bills signed Allen to a monster contract extension roughly a year ago, and he is a legitimate MVP candidate entering the 2022 season. The last thing the organization wants is for him to wind up in a position where he might get hurt.

Josh Allen shares the 2 things he is working on for 2022 season

Josh Allen with a hat on

Aug 28, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) walks to the field prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen has developed into an MVP candidate for the Buffalo Bills and one of the best quarterbacks in the league. But the 26-year-old is not satisfied and still trying to improve.

During the Bills’ minicamps this offseason, Allen talked about the two things he is working on. Those items are limiting turnovers and improving his ball placement.

“Main thing is still limiting turnovers, limiting bad decisions,” Allen said. “And then ball placement on some of the underneath routes, allowing the guys to get more YAC. Last year, I don’t think we were very good in that department. So it’s kind of on me to put the ball where it needs to be and allow our guys to utilize their legs and run after catch.”

YAC is an acronym for “yards after catch.” That stat represents how many yards receivers gain once they catch the football.

Stefon Diggs, who is Buffalo’s top receiver, ranked 26th in the league last season with 320 yards after catch. If Allen can improve his ball placement on the short routes to set his receivers up for more success while running with the ball, then the team should see easy improvement in that area.

Buffalo went 11-6 last season and lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs in an epic overtime game against the Chiefs. The Bills went 13-3 the season before and lost in the conference championship to KC.

Buffalo and Allen are focused on taking the next step.

Tom Brady hilariously roasts Josh Allen on Twitter

Tom Brady puts up his hand

Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady definitely seems to have a good relationship with Josh Allen based on their social media interactions.

Brady hilariously responded to a jab from Allen with a brutal reminder of their head-to-head record, which led to a pretty great backhanded compliment.

Allen had appeared on Barstool Sports’ “Bussin’ With The Boys” podcast and talked about going against Brady in “The Match,” and the Buffalo Bills quarterback did not come away impressed. When asked to rate the golf skills of the participants, Allen put Brady at the bottom, and used his arm to demonstrate just how low Brady was in comparison to the other three.

Brady took notice and came in with the burn.

Allen, for what it’s worth, took the comment in stride.

Despite that head-to-head record, Allen has a lot of fun roasting Brady. Just imagine how he’ll feel if and when he ever gets that first NFL win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback.

Josh Allen reveals gross pregame ritual

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Sep 27, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) jogs off the field following the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Professional athletes have all sorts of weird rituals or superstitions that they partake in before games. Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is no exception.

Allen revealed the gross activity he engages in prior to every Bills game ahead of Capital One’s The Match golf event on Wednesday.

In a pre-match Q&A hosted by Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt, Allen was asked to confirm if he throws up before every game. Allen also shared whether he would do so before the start of the event.

“I do throw up before every game,” Allen admitted. “I probably could [throw up now]. If I start thinking about it, I get a little queasy.”

Allen also shared that he does not eat on game days.

It might be a good idea for Allen to keep this ritual going in future seasons, as it hasn’t seemed to hurt his production.

In 2021, the 26-year-old threw for the eighth-most yards among all NFL quarterbacks (4,407), along with 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 17 games. He also rushed for 763 yards and 6 touchdowns.

During the playoffs, Allen had a 77.4 completion percentage. He threw for 637 yards and nine touchdowns with no picks.

While throwing up before a game is unpleasant, one former MLB All-Star may have Allen beat with his nasty pregame ritual.

Allen and Patrick Mahomes were facing off against Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers in the 12-hole match, which took place at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Josh Allen hilariously trolls Tom Brady during ‘The Match’

Josh Allen with a hat on

Aug 28, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) walks to the field prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

TNT’s “The Match” has become a hit in part because of the playful trash talk that competitors engage in during the golf exhibitions. Josh Allen provided another funny example of that on Wednesday.

Allen and Patrick Mahomes paired up to face Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady in the latest exhibition match, which was billed as two of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL against two legendary veterans. Allen had his own way of taunting Brady ahead of the contest — he had a custom golf ball that had Brady’s infamous shirtless NFL Combine picture printed on it, and he planned to use it in play.

Brady gets trolled with that picture a lot, much to his chagrin. In fact, the legendary quarterback has jokingly tried to get the picture deleted from the internet. Unfortunately for him, it has been immortalized in too many places for that to ever happen.

Brady is a veteran of “The Match” and has come armed with plenty of his own trash talk. Allen might want to tread lightly here.

Josh Allen calls BS on Tom Brady hole-in-one video

Tom Brady seemingly makes a hole in one

Tom Brady appears to have his golf swing in peak form heading into the latest installment of “The Match,” but one of his opponents is not buying into the latest intimidation tactic.

Brady shared a video on social media Wednesday that seemingly showed drone footage of him draining a hole-in-one. The caption read, “This is why you film every shot on the course.”

The video went viral, with many people asking themselves how Brady is so awesome at everything. Patrick Mahomes, who is teaming up with Josh Allen to take on Brady and Aaron Rodgers in “The Match,” was impressed. Allen, however, called BS on the video with a funny Happy Gilmore GIF.

Allen may be onto something. If you look closely at the end of the clip, something doesn’t look right with the way the ball races into the hole. It was also unusual that the shot came from what looked like a makeshift tee box in the middle of a fairway. Brady and company certainly celebrated like Brady holed the shot, but was this another one of his social media team’s famous tricks?

Remember, Brady shared a similar video leading up to “The Match” last year that seemed just as difficult to believe.

We’re with Allen. That just did not seem real, and a fake video leading up to “The Match” would be right on brand for TB12.

George Kittle recruiting two notable QBs for Tight End University

George Kittle looking on

Jan 28, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle at Super Bowl LIV press conference at Hyatt Regency Miami/James L. Knight Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

George Kittle has big plans for Tight End University in 2022.

Kittle is staging the second annual event at the end of June for tight ends to gather and educate each other on the art of the position. The San Francisco 49ers tight end is a co-founder and is working to line up several quarterbacks who will be tasked with throwing to the tight ends and helping with various drills.

Kittle has enlisted current and former 49ers teammates such as Trey Lance and Nick Mullens for the camp. However, he’s pushing to get Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Jets quarterback Zach Wilson involved as well.

“You can help me peer pressure him, but Zach Wilson is at about 99 percent,” Kittle told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “He’s trying to decide if he wants to come back from Cabo or not. I was like, ‘Zach, you’re going to come back from Cabo,’ so if you want to help me influence him a little bit. Then the last one I’m working on, Josh Allen’s trying to see if he can make it work. Hopefully, we have a handful of awesome quarterbacks there who could also talk to us about running routes and what they see out there.”

Probably no coincidence that Kittle is trying to bring in big quarterbacks who might have been tight ends themselves in another life. That is particularly true of the 6-foot-5 Allen.

Getting the likes of Allen and Wilson shows how serious Tight End University already is. Just remember, you have to be elite enough to get an invite, though.

Josh Allen, Bills share condolences after Buffalo shooting

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Aug 28, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) walks to the field prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills shared their condolences following a mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday.

A man in military-style clothing and body armor opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday, shooting many people around the parking lot and inside the store. As of the time of this article being published, at least 10 people died in the shooting.

The gunman was taken into custody following his fatal shooting at the Tops Friendly Market.

In response to the incident, the Bills tweeted their condolences.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen, and some of his teammates, also shared their support.

The gunman may have been streaming video of the shooting through a camera in his helmet.

The grocery store also shared a statement.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Tops Friendly Market said.

Josh Allen shares 1 big improvement he is focusing on

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has consistently improved since entering the NFL. That habit is not stopping after his breakout 2021 season, either.

Allen revealed that he will be focusing heavily on ball placement this offseason. The quarterback held himself responsible for the fact that Bills receivers struggled to rack up yards after the catch last season, and wants to fix the issue.

“I think, myself especially, making sure I’m on time, making the right reads and giving our guys good enough balls to get some some more RAC,” Allen said Wednesday, via Ryan Talbot of Syracuse.com. “That’s one thing I think, on offense, run after catch was wasn’t very high last year, but again, that’s me putting the ball where it needs to be and allow our guys to catch in a good position to make a run after the catch. So working on that, that’s been been one of my biggest takeaways in this offseason and trying to work on just ball placement and allowing our receivers to do that.”

Allen’s offseason work has been a regular part of his career growth, and he’s sought help from a lot of sources. The work has consistently paid dividends, so Allen’s efforts to better lead his receivers will bear watching in 2022.