McDermott on Allen's accuracy: 'He’s not a finished product'

The Bills head coach was asked about his rookie quarterback on Wednesday

Sal Capaccio
December 12, 2018 - 1:20 pm

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Since the day Josh Allen was drafted - and even well before that - his accuracy has been questioned, picked apart, and analyzed. Eight starts into his NFL career and that’s still happening. His head coach, Sean McDermott, is well-aware of that, saying “I know that kind of goes with him, sometimes fair sometimes not-so fair” as he was asked what he thought about Allen’s accuracy.

Here’s what McDermott said:

“I think he’s been accurate. There are certainly throws he’s been working on that we have to continue to develop. He’s not a finished product. This is just X-start in his career, so there are plays, there are throws that he wants back. There are throws I want back. The important thing is that he’s committing to improving it. I think, by and large, his accuracy, he’s giving guys opportunities on the ball to make plays and you saw that this past week and we’ve got to make them.”

Through nine NFL games, including eight starts, Allen ranks last amongst all qualifying quarterbacks in completion percentage at 52.4-percent. The bottom three players in that category are all rookies. New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is at 55.9-percent and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen is completing 55.4-percent, just ahead of Allen. 2018 first overall pick Baker Mayfield leads the rookie class and is 23rd in the NFL with a 64.4-percent completion percentage.

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