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How is Allen performing compared to the 2018 quarterback class?

Even stats are telling a good story for the Bills rookie quarterback

August 18, 2018 - 8:07 am

Derek Kramer

With the second week of the NFL preseason wrapping up, Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen has generated plenty of talk, both love and hate from fans and media alike. Allen has provided some great highlights, some nearly completed bombs, and one bad looking play in his first game.

But how has Allen played compared to the rest of the rookie class? Much has been made of Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield by the national media, but has Allen measured up? Each first round rookie quarterback has played two games, so let's take a look around the league to see where Allen lies, in terms of production:


18-of-32 (56%), 176 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT



18-of-33 (54%), 287 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT



21-of-29 (72%), 158 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT



16-of-29 (55%), 151 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT



11-of-28 (39%), 152 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 rushing TD

All five passers have thrown nearly 30 attempts, save for Mayfield and Allen, who have passed that threshold. While Mayfield is crushing everyone in yards and Darnold has barely thrown an incompletion, Allen is keeping up as the runner-up in all categories and tied for the most touchdowns through two games in this preseason. Allen is showing the promise of a seventh overall pick in a promising draft class.

Allen had one drive with a mix of starters and backups, while Darnold has been working with the first team, though he was up and down with the starters against Washington. Rosen had a chance to take some snaps with starters as well. Mayfield and Jackson have yet to play any snaps with their starting offense.

As for chances to be a starter, the only two that seem completely out of the question are Mayfield, who has Tyrod Taylor in front of him, and Jackson, who has shown he is not ready to supplant Joe Flacco yet. Rosen is dealing with the presence of Sam Bradford, but Bradford has a lenghty history of not playing full seasons in the NFL. 

Allen and Darnold are each making their case to start Week 1 of the season. Darnold seems to already have the job being handed to him, despite what backup Teddy Bridgewater has shown. Allen has been impressive, and has to be considered against Nathan Peterman for the starting spot after the injury to A.J. McCarron.

Yes, everyone should to take this with a grain of salt. The preseason has often fooled people and make some players look better / worse than they actually have been in their NFL careers. However, it is pretty nice to see Allen playing well with the snaps he's taken.

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