Buffalo wrapped up a disappointing season beating the dolphins to finish with a 6-10 record. This was always going to be a rebuilding year but coming off a playoff berth made the record a bit tough to swallow. At the end of the day this season came down to one thing, developing Josh Allen and growing this team for the future. So is Josh Allen the franchise QB that has eluded Buffalo since Jim Kelly?
Allen had moments of jaw dropping plays and putting hope into Bills fans. The Vikings game was probably the first introduction to believing Allen could be a great starter.
Allen has a ways to go in the passing game but his running ability shocked mostly everyone. After Buffalo dismantled the Dolphins, Allen tied Jack Kemp for most rushing touchdowns by a Bills QB in a season (8). He also broke the record for most rushing yards in a season by a Bills QB with 591 yards rushing.
This all comes with Allen missing a few games this season because of an injury. Allen did have eight passing touchdowns which passed Trent Edwards for fourth on passing touchdowns in a season for a rookie QB for the Bills. So Allen has really shined at moments and wrapped it up with probably his best game of the season.
Josh Allen has really shined, but Josh Allen has had some serious rough patches. He played in 12 games and was working with a real rag tag offense all season. So his stats and game play will be affected. But Allen also is known to make some real bad throws and can struggle to read a defense.
Allen needs to learn to live another down and has to develop his skill set on reading a defense. He is a rookie and most rookie make stupid mistakes, the issue is Allen doesn’t always seem to learn from them. For Allen to be the next franchise QB he has a long way to go to get his touch dialed in and really just get more experience under his belt. His decision making and ability to move past his first read will come with time. Allen just needs to continue to build off this season and try to correct how hot and cold he can be.
Luckily for Allen he has his athleticism to hide behind until he figures this out. He will likely never be Drew Brees but Buffalo getting someone like Cam Newton can take the franchise a long way. Allen shouldn’t be judged too hard as he doesn’t even have a full season under his belt. His rookie season hasn’t been a disaster but he does have a long way to go. Just be ready for growing pains because with Allen, I would expect quite a few.
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