I’ll try not to jinx the second year quarterback, but Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has looked quite comfortable and much more confident in the Bills offense this season so far. A quick flashback to last season:
Allen, a then-rookie quarterback walked into a situation with arguably the worst supporting cast in this era of Bills football. The offensive line gave up numerous amounts of pressure and the wideouts were inconsistent and some were cut in the middle of the season. While the stats from his rookie season do not show much, Allen made plays with his legs and took a Bills team that was projected to be the worst team in the league to six wins, including victories over the Vikings, Jaguars, Dolphins, Titans, Jets and the Lions.
Fast Forward to Sophomore Season:
The second year project now has a major upgrade in receivers and an offensive line that takes the pressure off of him. John Brown and Cole Beasley are two reliable playmakers that will boost the development of Allen. The entire offensive line from left to right is a massive upgrade from last season. Allen can now throw from the pocket and make plays with both his legs and his cannon of an arm.
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So far, Allen has his team sitting at 2-0, being one of the few teams left in the league without a loss. His decision-making needs slight improvement but you can see how he has works don it, the leadership he possesses earned him the “C” on his jersey and his ability to be a dual-threat quarterback makes him special.
Locked and Loaded:
The Bills will be lead by Allen against the Bengals this Sunday in the teams’ home opener. After two big wins on the road, both in the same stadium, Allen looks to keep his team on the rise heading into the rest of the first quarter of the season. The offense has to stay consistent against the Bengals, meaning that they have to keep converting on third downs, making the extra block down the field, showing off the athleticism in pressure situations.
This all starts with Allen.
The former Wyoming product has to be consistent down the stretch through all four quarters. The offense cannot afford to make mistakes, especially in this game that looks to be a trap game for the Bills. If Allen keeps calm and works his magic, the Bills offense should have a field day with the Bengals defense who just gave up 41 points to the 49ers last Sunday.
-Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage who covers the Buffalo Bills. Brandon can be followed on Twitter at @brandon_ray79.