Morse wants to make Allen's job 'as easy as possible'

The new Bills center helped Patrick Mahomes the same way last year in Kansas City

Sal Capaccio
June 04, 2019 - 8:48 pm

Photo: Jay Biggerstaff - USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes have plenty of similar traits. Both are quarterbacks with incredibly strong arms. Both are extremely mobile. Both were excellent athletes in other sports besides football growing up. Both were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Both faced questions about how well they’d translate to the NFL coming from the offense (Air Raid for Mahomes) and school (Wyoming for Allen) they did.

There’s no doubt Mahomes has answered those questions, and then some. After all, he was voted the league's Most Valuable Player last year in only his second year and first season as a full-time starter. This after becoming just the third quarterback ever to throw 50 touchdown passes in a single season, joining all-time greats Peyton Manning (55) and Tom Brady (50), and just the fourth to ever throw for over 5,000 yards, joining Manning, Brady, Drew Brees, and Ben Roethlisberger.

Allen is still facing a lot of those same questions he did when he came out of college, especially when it comes to his accuracy. He’s now about to enter his second season, as well, and Buffalo Bills fans can only hope the similarities between him and Mahomes don’t stop at those mentioned above.  

One person who will have a first-hand seat to see just how similar - or different - Allen is heading into Year 2, is Mitch Morse. Granted, the center won’t be facing the quarterback, except when they are in the huddle, but that’s exactly the way it was for him last year with Mahomes, as well, as the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West and came within an overtime possession of making it to the Super Bowl.  

Mahomes became Kansas City’s starting quarterback the minute they traded Alex Smith to the Redskins last offseason. When that happened, Morse, heading into his fourth NFL season, became a big aid for the young quarterback. Now, he’s tasked with helping Allen in much the same way, which is part of the reason the Bills sought Morse out in free agency and made him the highest paid center in the league.

“It’s pretty fun to see, and you know, kind of go through that last year, and see Josh kind of on the same trajectory and just kind of the competitive nature he has,” Morse said of Allen after the Bills' OTA session on Tuesday. “For me, it’s not so much teaching as just a guy to bounce ideas off of, because he’s got the competitive mold and he’s got the teachers in [offensive coordinator Brian Daboll] and all those guys. So, for me it’s just being there to make his job easier and then once he kind of figures out how he wants to attack each week, then maybe he can take on more of a role in protection schemes and stuff. But for now it’s all about us guys going out there and making his job as easy as possible and that means protecting him and helping him out, because the quarterback position, it comes at you quick, and he’s really taken that with grace. And it’s fun. It’s just fun to see him work and hopefully we can have the same success as we did last year [in Kansas City].”

It’s not just in physical traits or draft round where the similarities end between Mahomes and Allen from what Morse has seen so far.  

“Both of those guys,” he said, “talking about personality, are very confident dudes, in their ability, and interacting with others. And their presence in the huddle. And that’s something that’s going to correlate to the field, for sure.”

While the new Bills center has been recovering from core muscle surgery, he hasn’t been able to practice. On Tuesday, he was out on the field, but wearing a red non-contact jersey. He’s getting close to returning to participating on a regular basis.

“Absolutely,” he said when asked if he’s sure he’ll be ready for training camp. Then he took it one step further. “I should be on track for next week to be back for minicamp, which is exciting.”

It should be exciting for Allen to have his center back, as well.

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