When Josh Allen’s name was called back on April 26th, the backlash from fans to national analysts was swift and wide spread.
How could the Bills move up not once but twice to draft a quarterback who played as poorly as Allen did over the last two years.
Well, now we’re starting know.
After dazzling with his decision making and arm talent against the Panthers in the preseason opener, Allen once again made play after play working with the second team offense against the Browns.
Final stat line: 9-for-13, 60 yards and a touchdown.
“I felt good. Like I said, a lot to improve on. There are still some things I need to clean up. Hopefully we can fix those things in practice,” Allen said. “It was a good day, I’ll take it for what it is. There’s still things I need to do to improve.”
While it’s only been two preseason games, for all intents and purposes, the rookie looks like the franchise quarterback the Bills have been searching for, for the better part of two decades.
What’s clear, is that Allen’s teammates have confidence in him.
“I feel like he’s getting a hold of the offense. He’s poised, he’s in the huddle taking command and making the right throws and reads,” said wide receiver Rod Streater who caught a touchdown from Allen. “I feel like he’s learning as he goes on and just a great understanding of the offense.”
After the Bills’ 19-17 win and even with his stellar play, head coach Sean McDermott wouldn’t indicate if Allen would start in the third preseason game or be the week one starter.
“I really don’t want to try and quantify his best. It looked like it was a step in the right direction,” McDermott said. “Certainly, he got some meaningful time in the first half, which was important — directed a two-minute drive before the half, came out after half and took control in the first series there which is all good experience for him.”
“I’m not going to get into what I need to see and what I’ve seen. It’s an ongoing evaluation like it is for every position. I thought Josh and really AJ, too and Nate did some good thing. It’s important our team overall learns from this experience from tonight. Like I said there are going to be tough moments. We faced some adversity on the road in particular and the guys responded.”
The Bills host the Cincinnati Bengals on August 26 at New Era Field. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.