How much will Allen be paying attention to his fellow quarterback draft class?

The new Bills quarterback answered that question on Friday

Sal Capaccio
May 13, 2018 - 2:09 pm

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Every quarterback draft class is put up against one another as time goes on. Who had the best career? Who won the most Super Bowls? Who wound up as the biggest bust of the group and who exceeded expectations?

For some classes, those comparisons start almost immediately because of the hype surrounding the group as they all enter the league together. That’s most likely going to be the case with the 2018 class after five signal-callers were drafted in the first round, and 13 of them were selected overall.

The minute Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Lamar Jackson all start seeing the field we’re going to be analyzing and comparing them to one another on a weekly basis.But what about the quarterbacks themselves? How much will they be paying attention to each others’ performances? 

For Josh Allen, taken by the Buffalo Bills with the seventh overall pick last month, he says he wants his draft mates to succeed, but won’t be keeping a close eye on them along the way. 

“I mean, if we’re playing them that week,” he said Friday when I asked him how much he’ll be paying attention to his 2018 draft counterparts. “The thing is, I don’t really pay attention to the other quarterbacks, I’m paying attention to the defense. I want everybody to succeed except when they’re playing the Buffalo Bills. I’m not up here to say that I want to make sure that everybody fails and I’m the only one to be successful in this class. Obviously, you want to be the most successful in this class to come out. Sam [Darnold] is one of my really good friends; I know he’s with the Jets now and we’re big rivals, but I wish all the success to him and everybody else in this draft class.”

Allen knew most eyes were on him in his first rookie minicamp with the Bills. Before he can ever be compared to any of the other quarterbacks, his own game is going to be picked apart, even during minicamp practices, whether it’s a jaw-dropping throw on the money or incompletion way off the mark. But, he said, he’s not concerned with or letting any of that scrutiny bother him.

“Not really,” he told reporters as he stood at a podium inside the ADPRO Sports Training Center after the first day of practice. “I’m going out there and I’m going to play football how I know to play football. I’m still working on a lot of things. (Offensive Coordinator) Coach Daboll’s going to help me out. Through this whole draft process, I felt like I’ve made a lot of strides. Coming out here, I felt like we did well today; felt like I put the ball where I needed to be most of the time. Obviously, there are throws I’d like back, but, as we progress through this rookie minicamp, and through the rookie developmental period, I plan to improve every day.”


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