Waldman: 'What you got from Allen at Wyoming is what you have now'

Matt Waldman from the Football Guys joined Schopp and the Bulldog to discuss Josh Allen's 2018 season

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December 12, 2018 - 6:34 pm

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Rookie quarterback Josh Allen's first season for the Buffalo Bills has been an up-and-down year. There's been peaks like the wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars, to the lows like the shutout loss to the Green Bay Packers and a loss to the Houston Texans where Allen suffered an elbow injury. 

Matt Waldman from the Football Guys joined Mike Schopp and the Bulldog on Wednesday to look more into Allen's first season with the Bills. Waldman discusses how his rookie season has gone, what Allen's strengths have been and how his development may be delayed due to the lack of talent on the roster. 

Here is some of what he had to say:


On Allen's initial season in Buffalo: 

"I think it's been decent, when you consider that the Bills need help along the offensive line, they need to upgrade their receiving corps. Surrounding talent matters a great deal for a quarterback's development. When you look at Allen and what he's had to do... the offense is taking an approach, 'We're going to encourage him to run, and if that means that maybe includes eschewing the first or second read that he could have hit, but he can gain 10 yards, or 20 yards, or 50 yards, then let's do it.'"

"If he's going to make that leap from being a great prospect to being a 'set it and lock it in' franchise quarterback, we're going to have to see that development of consistency."


On Buffalo's approach with Allen's development: 

"If he's keeping them in the game, giving them opportunities to win games and he's making big plays, I feel like they're probably thinking from the standpoint that they can go back next year over the offseason and start tweaking things that will help him become a better pocket decision maker. Rather than... having his confidence shot this season and then having to worry about that during the offseason, then try and continue to raise the level of his play."


On if Allen has made progress in development from the pocket: 

"What you got from him at Wyoming is what you have now. There's not a ton of development there." 

"You look at Carson Wentz, you look at a guy like Deshaun Watson, what they did early in their careers, usually you saw the flaws that they had in college and then they tried to either use different things with scheme the next year, or they worked on certain things and you saw incremental growth." 


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