Trapasso: Allen is playing like your typical rookie quarterback

Chris Trapasso from CBS Sports joined the Bulldog and Sal Capaccio on Tuesday

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October 23, 2018 - 5:54 pm

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It has been a rocky start to Josh Allen's career in the National Football League as the starting quarterback of the Buffalo Bills.

Allen made his debut in the NFL, perhaps, a bit prematurely as Nathan Peterman struggled out of the gate as the Bills' starting quarterback. He then made his first NFL start in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers, followed by his first career win the next week in an impressive performance against the Minnesota Vikings. Since then, it has been a rollercoaster ride for the 22-year-old rookie.

In the Bills' Week 6 matchup with the Houston Texans, Allen sprained his elbow after taking a hit to his elbow in the third quarter of their 20-13 loss on the road. He missed this past week's road loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and remains out on a week-to-week basis.

Even though Allen will miss some playing time moving forward, there is still plenty to take away from in his time with the starters. Chris Trapasso from CBS Sports joined the Bulldog and Sal Capaccio on Tuesday to talk about the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and to give a look into how well Allen has played in his five starts. Trapasso also provided his input on the other quarterbacks in the 2018 draft class, as well as some of the elite prospects possibly available for the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Here is some of what he had to say:


On Josh Allen's first five starts in the NFL: 

"I think he was playing like your typical or average rookie quarterback who does have the talent and can see why he was picked in the first round. I think the game, the speed of defenses, whether he was playing good defenses or bad defenses, he wasn't really acclimated to that yet. And there were times where there were some open receivers and open first reads that he wasn't pulling the trigger on. Then there were times in small little flashes that he was doing that." 


On the Bills' quarterback situation pressing Josh Allen into action in Week 2 of the season: 

"I think that quarterbacks do learn from playing but at the same time, I think because the Bills don't have this brick wall offensive line, I think it was very risky." 

"I think this is pretty obvious, but it seems that the Bills probably should have had Derek Anderson on the roster either to start training camp... or at least after they traded A.J. McCarron."


On the fellow 2018 quarterback class: 

"Baker Mayfield, the last two weeks, hasn't played as well as he did when he came off the bench for Tyrod Taylor against the Jets... But he looks like the most ready quarterback of the class."

"Sam Darnold, the last couple of weeks, has played a little bit better but I think you kind of see what you saw at USC. He can make some really ridiculous moves too, but he turns the ball over, there are some throws that are late because of his elongated delivery."

"Josh Rosen is in a very similar situation to Josh Allen. Not the best offensive line... he's certainly under pressure a lot but there are some of those wild throws, he hasn't been able to get comfortable."


On the 2019 wide receiver class: 

"This receiver class, to me, is the most talented since that famous 2014 wide receiver class... and a lot of them are seemingly what the Bills want, or at least what Brandon Beane had in Carolina with Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess. They're bigger receivers that can win in the red zone and win on those contested catch situations."

"There's three or four guys that I think are not only first rounders, but are good players that can come in right away and be good."
 

You can hear the entire interview below: 

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