With the Cleveland Browns trading Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, Josh Allen is now the only quarterback from the NFL 2018 Draft remaining with his original team, the Buffalo Bills.
There were five quarterbacks picked at that year’s draft. Mayfield and Allen were taken as No. 1 and No. 7 overall, respectively.
Being 6 foot 5 inches tall and 237 pounds allows Allen to afflict significant attacks on defenses. As a result of his capabilities and performance in the field, he earned a six-year, $258 million contract extension. Out of all five QBs from his draft class, he is the only one who signs a contract extension with his original team. Allen said he wanted to lead the Bills to their first Super Bowl in the future. Check out the best new bookmakers for betting on sports!
Despite his highly regarded abilities, Allen said there were several things he wished to improve, considering the Bills finished 20th in the NFL in Yards After Catch (YAC) in 2021.
“[The] main thing is still limiting turnovers, limiting bad decisions,” he said. “And then ball placement on some of the underneath routes, allowing the guys to get more YAC. Last year, I don’t think we were very good in that department. So it’s kind of on me to put the ball where it needs to be and allow our guys to utilize their legs and run after catch.”
Since being drafted in 2018, Allen has improved significantly. Starting as a rookie who had to face various hardships, he became an MVP candidate. One of his teammates, Jordan Poyer, has quite a high opinion of him.
“I think we’ve got the best quarterback in the damn league,” Poyer said. “So, that being said, I think the sky is the limit for this team.”
Allen finished last season with 4,407 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. The record marked the second consecutive season in which Allen finished with over 4,000 passing years and 30 touchdowns.
Many consider Allen to be the best quarterback in the league. Emmanuel Acho and Marcellus Wiley recently had a passionate debate on Speak For Yourself regarding Allen’s capabilities. Wiley was in favor of Allen, saying the player equaled Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Patrick Mahomes.
“In terms of talent, in terms of checking every single box that you can, in terms of checking every single box that you can, in terms of intangibles and tangibles, no one checks more than Josh Allen,” Wiley said.
However, Acho was rather skeptical about Allen’s skills.
“Josh Allen, talent-wise, arm, mobility, he’s the best, but he’s not the best quarterback,” Acho said. “I respect the game of football and I respect greatness too much to simply stop at somebody being the most talented as being the best. While you might have the best talent, you’re not the best player until you prove it on the field.”
The Bills go into training camp this season as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. This season provides an opportunity for Allen to prove himself as the best quarterback in the league.
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