QB Brandon Allen - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-1, 217||Born: 9-5-1992||College: Arkansas||Drafted: Round 6, pick 201 (2016)|
2019 Week 9 vs CLE (12 / 20 / 193 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 13 / 0 rush)
Allen led the offense to a victory on an efficient day that saw the Broncos run just 40 plays total. He dropped a couple of beautiful dime passes to Sutton on the Broncos first scoring drive in the 1st quarter. The two first connected on a deep post that picked up 19 yards, then Sutton beat his man down the right sideline and made a leaping grab over a defender for the score. Allen put the ball where only Sutton could grab it. Allen's second touchdown was all Noah Fant, as the rookie tight end caught a short crossing route and broke several tackles before he turned up the left sideline and housed the 75 yard score. Allen led the Broncos to a field goal in the 2nd quarter and another scoring drive that ended in a Phillip Lindsay touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Allen's mobility isn't elite, but it's certainly an upgrade over Flacco. Allen picked up a 3rd and long conversion with an 11 yard scramble around right end in the 1st quarter. Allen was lucky to escape the day without an interception. Myles Garrett tipped a 2nd quarter pass at the line of scrimmage and nearly gathered it for a pick.
2019 Week 11 vs MIN (17 / 39 / 240 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
Allen tossed a few nice deep balls in this contest. He took some big shots off play action on the Broncos first drive, narrowly missing Sutton for a big gain and then connecting with Fant up the seam for 31 yards off of a fake to Lindsay. Allen connected with Sutton later in the 1st quarter with another beautiful play action pass, with Sutton making an amazing leaping grab between two defenders for a 48 yard gain. Allen took a shot for Sutton in the end zone on the next play, drawing a pass interference penalty that set Denver up on the goal line. Allen found backup tight end Fumagalli for a short touchdown on a stick route two plays later. Allen and Sutton hooked up again for 40+ on a deep ball down the middle late in the 4th quarter. Allen returned a gift to the Vikings at the end of the 1st half. Minnesota fumbled a kickoff return, giving the Broncos the ball in the Viking red zone, but Allen threw a pick on the first snap of the drive, ending the first half of play. Allen and the offense drove down to the Minnesota red zone at the end of the 4th quarter, but were denied by a staunch effort from the Vikings defense. Allen tried but failed to connect with Fant twice and Patrick once in the end zone as time ran out. Allen added 18 yards on the ground with a few scrambles.
2019 Week 12 vs BUF (10 / 25 / 82 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Allen struggled to throw the ball on a windy day against a stingy Buffalo defense, putting together a miserable stat line of 25 attempts for just 82 yards. He tossed one interception and took a few huge sacks, including a near-safety in the second half. Courtland Sutton was the target on Allen's second quarter interception. The receiver and QB appeared to be on different pages as Sutton ran a hook route and sat down, while Allen threw the ball deep as if he expected the receiver to run a stop and go route after cutting.