Allen: The 2018 season will 'help me out in the long run'

The Bills quarterback joined Howard and Jeremy on Friday with his first season in the books

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January 04, 2019 - 2:18 pm

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The 2018 season came to a close for Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen on Sunday with an impressive 42-17 win over the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field.

The 22-year-old native of Firebaugh, California finished the year with a performance that saw him go 17-of-26 in the air for 224 yards and three touchdowns, as well as go for 95 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. With his performance, Allen was honored as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 17 by the National Football League on Wednesday.

Allen's first year in the NFL certainly had its ups and downs, with having to make his first career start just two weeks into the season to suffering a sprained right elbow just four weeks later, then to coming back for the final six games of the season and showing a lot of promising signs of progression. Overall, the 2018 first round pick (seventh overall) appeared in 12 games this season, starting in 11 of them while throwing for 2,074 yards, 10 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and completing 52.8-percent of his passes.

Allen took the time on Friday morning to join Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR Sports Radio 550. During his visit, he reflected on his first season with the Bills and explained how he will spend his offseason preparing for the 2019 season.

Here is some of what he had to say:

 

Allen on the 2018 Bills season:

"It wasn't the season that we all wanted. Definitely a lot of good moments, a lot of not so great moments, but being able to learn this past year and experience the things that I did was awesome. It will help me out in the long run."

 

Allen on the turning point for his game this past season:

"I think it's when Derek Anderson and Matt Barkley got to our quarterback room. They've helped me out so much, and being able to see how they handled things, how they progressed through their reads, how they handled the team and the leadership role. They really showed me a different side of football and I appreciate what they've done for me and this team. I'm super excited that they're both coming back, and I can't wait to get back to work come April."

 

Allen on what he learned most from Anderson and Barkley:

"Just how they handled themselves. They're true professionals. When [Derek Anderson] got here, how he handled walkthroughs - just little things in walkthroughs like talking to guys, and trying to get guys to be better around him. When you get to practice and how he prepared for games, and then during games and how he progressed quickly through his reads and got to his check-downs. Then Matt came in off the street in one week and won a game for us. It really showed me how crazy the NFL is and how prepared some of these guys are and how well they can come in, prepare and win a game in the NFL or a few games in the NFL. It's kind of crazy."

 

Allen on his injury during the season:

"It was kind of a little blessing in disguise. I got to step back and see the game from a different perspective. The game was moving pretty fast before I got hurt. After I got hurt, it seemed like it slowed down just a little bit. I was seeing things a little better, and that's when I was making better decisions, and just feeling better playing the game of football."

 

Allen on his relationship with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll:

"Being more comfortable in the offense and then the relationship that me and [Daboll] have, it's continuing to grow. We're in a good spot right now. I trust [Daboll], I love him and he's in our room every day talking to us and explaining what we need to do. His expectation of us is very high. I trust the guy. I'm going to try to do whatever he says and that's whatever play he calls."

 

Allen on his run game having an affect on the offense:

"We weren't really calling a bunch of called quarterback runs, they were mostly on the scramble. It's just one of those things where they're playing one too many guys in coverage and not worrying about me. If I can make one guy in the pass rush miss and our five linemen opened up some lanes, I just took what was in front of me. That's really what it was. I'm not really trying to take that game away from me, but to win consistently in this league you have to win from within the pocket. I'm not saying that we need to tone it down, but I have to be better with finding my check-downs and getting the ball out on time."

 

Allen on the Sabres game on Thursday against the Panthers:

"It was awesome. The energy was fantastic, the crowd showed up and the Sabres played extremely well."

"I never played hockey growing up. It wasn't a sport that was really around where I [grew up], so I just admire and check out what these guys are able to do. What they do on ice is unreal. How they can skate around like that, then find the puck and put it in to a net that's not very big and there's somebody blocking it - it's pretty special."

 

You can listen to the entire interview below:

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