Solak: Allen's first year wasn't great, but that's alright

Benjamin Solak from The Draft Network joined Schopp and the Bulldog to recap Josh Allen's rookie season

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A lot of what happens to the Buffalo Bills in 2019 will hinge on the growth of second-year quarterback Josh Allen.

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The 23-year-old signal caller showed some good growth in his rookie season with the Bills, especially after returning from an elbow injury suffered in a Week 6 matchup with the Houston Texans. Overall, Allen went on to throw for 2,074 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games, and went 5-6 in 11 starts.

Benjamin Solak from The Draft Network joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Monday to look back at Allen's rookie season and what will be needed to allow Allen to take the next step.

Here are some of Solak's thoughts on Buffalo's signal caller: 

 

On the struggles shown by Allen in his rookie season: 

"The reality is that yeah, Allen's rookie season wasn't great but rookie quarterbacks in rookie seasons typically aren't, so we don't have a problem, it's alright." 

 

On what Allen needs to improve on as a quarterback: 

"What we're worried about with Allen is that while there were positive signs from him on his feet and on the move, in the pocket and within structure, when you want him to take a three step drop and throw an accurate ball, we're dealing with a very inconsistent quarterback. He has some nice throws... but accuracy typically isn't something that's gained, it's something that's hidden. When you have inaccuracy, you conceal it, you push it off to the side, you survive it. And Allen has always been, and probably continue to be, generally inaccurate." 

"You can play some off coverage, play some Cover Three, don't worry about the short game as much because he struggles there."

 

On the role that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has played in Allen's development: 

"What I found most exciting and interesting was that Daboll was, very intentionally in his passing game designs, leaving the middle of the field wide open, stretching the defense horizontally, pulling safeties deep and outside and letting Allen be his own checkdown. Allen is not good at getting off the deep ball and getting to his short receivers, getting to his running backs and throwing checkdowns. So, don't give him checkdowns, he doesn't need it, he can run the ball really well. So, create space in the shallow middle of the field, leave a guy like Kiko Alonso one on one with Josh Allen. You drafted a great athlete at quarterback, use him, he's going to win that one on one matchup for you." 

 

On how Cole Beasley's addition can help Allen as a passer: 

"Even with Robert Foster taking a step forward and Zay Jones continuing to grow, they never had a "YAC guy." Foster was good deep, because he could fly, but he wasn't a great creator with the ball in his hands. Beasley can make guys miss, pick up dirty yardage for you. And when you're in those third-and-medium situations, he's the guy you want. He can also be what you call an "inaccuracy eraser," he can go get balls that Allen misses on because he's really good at adjusting to the football and he's got strong hands."

 

You can hear the entire interview below: 

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