QB Josh Allen - Buffalo Bills

6-5, 233Born: 5-21-1996College: WyomingDrafted: Round 1, pick 2018

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2019 Week 1 vs NYJ (24 / 37 / 254 / 1 / 2 pass, 10 / 38 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen struggled early against the New York Jets, before leading a fourth-quarter comeback win on the road in week one. Allen lost a fumble on a bad sack on the first drive of the game, then threw a pick-6 on a ball intended for Cole Beasley that deflected off his hands for an unlucky interception. Allen also threw another deflected interception and lost a second fumble but was able to overcome the errors in the second half. He capped off a scoring drive with a roll out for a red zone touchdown and taking the lead on a perimeter throw to John Brown where Brown worked back inside on the play for a contested-catch touchdown. Allen had a good rapport with Brown and Beasley during the game and was allowed to play up-tempo and in a pass-heavy game script from the start, where the first running back carry was on the fourth drive. He will return to the Meadowlands next week to face the New York Giants, who were shredded by Dak Prescott on Sunday.

2019 Week 2 vs NYG (19 / 30 / 253 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 21 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen had a strong performance in a week two win at the New York Giants. Allen has improved this season as a passer, showing more comfort in the pocket and the ability to make multiple progressions in the passing game. Last season, when Allen was forced to scramble, he frequently ran and was prone to bad decisions. Against the Giants, he made better decisions on the move, keeping his head up when he scrambled and made on target throws on multiple occasions. Allen scored a touchdown on the ground and through the air, the first a designed quarterback run in the red zone and the second an easy shovel pass to Isaiah McKenzie on an end-around. Allen could have had a bigger day, as Zay Jones dropped a touchdown in the end zone, and he overthrew John Brown on a 52-yard touchdown. He remains a threat on the ground, with 21 yards rushing, including a third down conversion scramble, but his growth as a passer and a strong relationship with John Brown can open the offense up to go with a strong defense. The Bills play their home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals in week three who were shredded this week by the 49ers.

2019 Week 3 vs CIN (23 / 36 / 243 / 1 / 1 pass, 9 / 46 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen had a high variance game in a win against the Bengals. Allen was prone to mistakes during the game, including a bad intentional grounding that took the Bills out of field goal range, a fumbled snap, and throwing a bad interception while falling away from pressure. He was also fortunate a fumble on a carry bounced out of bounds before the Bengals recovered the ball. On the positive side, Allen threw well from the pocket and consistently made plays to get away from pressure. Allen's strength allowed him to break tackle attempts in the pocket on multiple occasions to extend plays. He was strong with his legs running, with both scrambles and designed runs, including a red zone rush that was stopped just short of the end zone on the game-winning drive. Allen showed good rapport with Cole Beasley in the short area of the field but missed a long touchdown chance to Zay Jones on an overthrow. Allen will need to limit his mistakes next week as a home underdog against the Patriots.

2019 Week 4 vs NE (13 / 28 / 153 / 0 / 3 pass, 5 / 26 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen left the game against the New England Patriots after a hit to his head on a scramble. Before the injury, Allen struggled mightily with his accuracy, consistently missing open targets. Allen threw three bad interceptions. His first was a post to John Brown in double coverage. He then threw two targeting Zay Jones, the first off his back foot and the second on a scramble where he threw the ball across his body into traffic on a scramble. Allen performed better in the second half helping the Bills move the ball including finishing off a drive with a quarterback plunge over the line of scrimmage at the goal line. The Patriots deployed a defensive scheme intending to keep gap integrity in their pass rush which kept Allen in the pocket and did not allow him to create plays with his legs. Allen will look to return from the concussion protocol in a tough matchup at Tennessee. If he is held out of the game, he will have a bye week before facing Miami in week seven.

2019 Week 5 vs TEN (23 / 32 / 219 / 2 / 1 pass, 10 / 27 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen started against the Titans after spending the week in the concussion protocol following a vicious hit last week against the Patriots. Allen was more effective this week, limiting his mistakes after an error-prone effort last week. Allen threw one interception, a late throw in traffic across the middle of the field, but otherwise was risk-averse. Allen missed a couple of short throws but played on time in good rhythm throughout much of the game. Buffalo has been very pass-heavy on early downs throughout the season and Sunday was no exception. This allowed Allen to get in rhythm with easy throws early in the game, particularly to John Brown. Allen had a quieter second half, in part because of heavy rains. Allen threw two touchdown passes, the first a throwback across the field on a play-action pass to Lee Smith in the red zone, and the second an RPO to Duke Williams on a skinny post. The RPO was a consistent threat in the game and created defined open reads for Allen. Allen also ran effectively, including several scrambles with slides that avoided contact. Allen will be off next week before a prime matchup against the Dolphins in week 7.

2019 Week 7 vs MIA (16 / 26 / 202 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 32 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen came alive in the second half to beat the Dolphins after their offense bogged down early in the game. Buffalo has consistently thrown the ball on early downs to create easy opportunities for Allen this season and Sunday was a similar strategy. Allen moved the ball well to start the game but ground to a halt forcing Buffalo to settle for three field goals. Allen's volume was down as the Dolphins effectively ran the ball and controlled the clock throughout much of the game. Allen heated up in the second half, completing the first eight passes of the half and had big throws including a touch pass to Duke Williams on an over route, John Brown down the seam for a touchdown, and flat pass to Isaiah McKenzie in the flat. Allen also had a short touchdown on a quick flat route to Cole Beasley, before adding a two-point conversion on a designed quarterback run. Allen was more involved in the running game with designed runs this week and managed to avoid some of the bigger hits he has taken in prior weeks. Allen will get a good matchup against a Philadelphia secondary next week at home.

2019 Week 8 vs PHI (16 / 34 / 169 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 45 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen struggled on Sunday against the Eagles. Allen struggled with ball security, including fumbling three times, two of which were in the pocket and a third on a running attempt which he lost. Allen ran frequently in the game, on both scrambles and designed runs, and was able to avoid big hits from defenders, something he has worked to avoid in recent weeks. He threw two touchdown passes. The first was to Cole Beasley in the red zone, where Allen moved from the pocket and kept his eyes up to see Beasley on a crossing route for an easy score. The second was to Devin Singletary on a flat pass where Singletary did the hard work after the catch for the score. Allen played the game in heavy winds, which resulted in some errant throws, including a missed deep ball to Robert Foster. He also missed a critical opportunity late in the game on a late throw to John Brown that was broken up by an Eagles defender. Allen will get a good matchup next week against Washington.

2019 Week 9 vs WAS (14 / 20 / 160 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 12 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen had a solid game against Washington on Sunday. The offense was more run heavy than in prior weeks, which limited Allen to only 20 attempts, but he was efficient, with a box score that should have been better, but included two drops by John Brown and a deep throw to Robert Foster who fell down on the play. Allen was effective in the game and continued to look to throw first when he was moving in the pocket, including big throws to John Brown and a near touchdown to Devin Singletary down the seam on a ball that was barely broken up. Allen had an easy touchdown on a whip route to Cole Beasley on a drive that was dominated by the run game and later converted a goal line sneak on fourth down after Frank Gore failed to convert on three straight carries at the one yard line. Allen did take two bad sacks in the red zone that forced Buffalo to settle for a field goal on the drive and recovered his own fumble on a quarterback keeper. Allen has been less mistake prone in the passing game in recent weeks, but still continues to fumble too frequently. Allen will have a good matchup next week against the Browns.

2019 Week 10 vs CLE (22 / 41 / 266 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 28 / 2 rush)

Josh Allen struggled in the passing game against the Browns on Sunday in a loss. Allen too frequently misses easy throws, largely because of inaccuracy, and did so on Sunday, including throws on third down and a fourth down slant pass to John Brown that should have been an easy completion but instead resulted in a turnover on downs. Allen has made progressions as a passer this season, including reducing his turnovers but still struggles to consistently create scoring opportunities through the air. He also missed a deep target to Isaiah McKenzie which could have been a score, the type of target that he misses weekly. Allen did score twice on the ground, including a designed quarterback draw and a quarterback sneak from the goal line. Allen did fumble again, but the ball was recovered by the Bills. He will get a good matchup next week at Miami.

2018 Week 1 vs BAL (6 / 15 / 74 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 26 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen replaced Nathan Peterman in the second half. Allen was running from pressure frequently and received little help from his offense. He led a scoring drive, that should have been a touchdown when he threw a strike to Kelvin Benjamin that was dropped. The throw showed Allen's promise, and the impact his arm strength can have on a game. Allen also to the offense with his rushing ability, getting carries of 11 and 14 yards.

2018 Week 2 vs LAC (18 / 33 / 245 / 1 / 2 pass, 8 / 32 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen was inconsistent in his first career start against the Los Angeles Chargers. Allen was frequently under pressure and sacked five times, four of which were in the first half. The five sacks do not do the game justice as Allen was under heavy pressure and forced to scramble frequently, especially early in the game. As the game progressed, Allen was able to get time to throw. Allen showed why he was such a polarizing quarterback in the pre-draft process throughout the game. On the positive side, Allen scrambled well and was effectively used on some designed runs showcasing his athleticism. His touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin encapsulated Allen's game: he starred down Benjamin on the entire route then threw a fastball that only one or two other quarterbacks could have threaded between the closing coverage to Benjamin for a touchdown. On the other hand, Allen's bad moments were very low. He attempted to hit Jason Croom on a crossing route that was covered. The pass called for a touch throw over a defender, but Allen underthrew it for an interception. Allen was also in the grasp of a defender nearly taking a sack, when he threw a ball into double coverage for an easy interception. Allen has a lot of growing to do, but Buffalo did a good job of trying to make it easier for him with play design, shotgun formations, and throws to running backs out of the backfield on first down. Allen's first start showed some of his promise, but also showed why he is a long-term project at the position.

2018 Week 3 vs MIN (15 / 22 / 196 / 1 / 0 pass, 10 / 39 / 2 rush)

Josh Allen has his best day as a professional quarterback winning at Minnesota. Allen demonstrated the appeal that led the Bills to select him with the seventh overall pick. Allen ran for two touchdowns, the first getting the corner on a red zone scramble while the second was a plunge over the line. Allen also had a wide-open look for a passing touchdown, hitting Jason Croom down the numbers for an easy 26-yard touchdown pass on a faked screen. Allen also showed his athleticism with a highlight hurdle of Anthony Barr in the open field. Allen struggled with pressure and made some bad decisions, but the game against Minnesota showed some of his promise.

2018 Week 4 vs GB (16 / 33 / 151 / 0 / 2 pass, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)

After showing promise last week, Josh Allen had a nightmare performance against Green Bay. Allen faced a lot of pressure throughout the game, and it took a toll. Allen was erratic throughout the game, missing multiple throws when he had his feet set, and performing even worse when he was under pressure. Allen had a horrific interception on an ill-advised throw to Zay Jones when he was scrambling to his right and threw a high floating past across his body for an easy interception. Allen's other interception got Kelvin Benjamin knocked out of the game, after staring Benjamin down and leading a safety directly into Benjamin's face. Benjamin was motionless on the ground after the play, before ultimately leaving on his own power. Allen does not have a lot of help in the offense, but he made a bad situation worse.

2018 Week 5 vs TEN (10 / 19 / 82 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 19 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen was not asked to do a lot in a low scoring game where Buffalo had an early lead. Buffalo was able to limit Allen to only 19 attempts with a volume based running attack. In the passing game, Allen struggled with accuracy. There were multiple attempts that show as completions in the box score that were caught but the ball placement hurt run after catch opportunities. Allen added a rushing touchdown that showed his athleticism, making multiple cuts to get into the end zone. Allen has struggled with big mistakes and fortunately did not make any against Tennessee.

2018 Week 6 vs HOU (10 / 17 / 84 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen struggled against Houston. The game script allowed Buffalo to play with a conservative game plan which limited Allen's ability to make big mistakes. No matter the game plan, Allen showed repeatedly he cannot read a defense or change sides of the field with his read. Allen had multiple opportunities where there were reads to the backside of a primary target and instead of transitioning the read across the field, he just pulled the ball down to run. Allen did make two nice throws to Kelvin Benjamin down the field but had limited other success. Allen left the game with an injured elbow he appeared to suffer from a hit. The injury appeared to be from a hit to his elbow more than a throw causing the pain. Allen was replaced by Nathan Peterman.

2018 Week 12 vs JAX (8 / 19 / 160 / 1 / 0 pass, 13 / 99 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen returned after missing several games with an elbow injury and led the Bills to a home win against Jacksonville. Allen ran early in the game and Brian Daboll's scheme aimed to make things easy on Allen. Allen's play showed why there was a large disparity between his evaluations in the pre-draft process. His best throw came from the pocket on an all-world throw to Robert Foster for a long touchdown. Allen stood tall while the pocket collapsed from pressure and delivered a perfectly thrown ball to Foster up the seam. Allen was also elusive with his feet and able to avoid pressure. He scrambled multiple times, including a 45-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter that helped Buffalo maintain possession of the ball, and ran for a touchdown on a quarterback draw. Allen was not helped by his teammates at key points, with multiple drops, and two consecutive penalties that negated third down conversions on great throws. On the other hand, Allen had some bad passes, wildly missing receivers including bouncing balls on screen plays. Allen continues to be a high variance player with flashes of both promise and warnings about the future. He will play at Miami next week.

2018 Week 13 vs MIA (18 / 33 / 231 / 2 / 2 pass, 9 / 135 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen had a familiar game against Miami: he showed the heights of his ability and all the concerns about his profile in the pre-draft process. Allen was highly athletic, showing the ability to escape the pass rush to throw and was effective running, compiling 135 yards rushing. Allen's rushing attempts were largely scrambling, but there were a couple of designed zone reads where Allen was able to get to the edge of the defense. Allen had back to back runs over 20 yards on a drive late in the fourth quarter as the Bills attempted a comeback. He also had some good throws, including on the run with strong ball placement like a touchdown pass to Zay Jones in the back of the end zone. He also threaded the needle through tight coverage on a dig route to Jones for their second touchdown of the game. Allen had a rushing touchdown called back on a drive where Allen finished with a touchdown to Jones. Allen also showed good touch on a pass up the sideline to Patrick DiMarco, where he struggled on a nearly identical play early in the season. On the other hand, Allen made numerous quizzical throws. He was fortunately erratic on a dig to Kelvin Benjamin where the DB undercut the route and would have intercepted a well thrown pass. Allen also overthrew Robert Foster on a wide-open pass that would have been a 65-yard touchdown and missed Jones wide open on a post in the end zone. Allen had two interceptions, and neither was his fault. The first was a Hail Mary at the end of the half and the second was a post to Kelvin Benjamin that was undercut by the DB. Benjamin jogged through the route and showed no willingness to attempt to feign interest on the play, which unfortunately shows up on Allen's stat sheet. Allen was also stripped on a blind side sack and Buffalo was fortunate to recover. He could have been helped by his supporting cast as he attempted to score a game tying touchdown with a scramble and throw across his body deep into the end zone. The ball hung up in the air and should have been caught by Charles Clay by running back through the ball, but instead tried to dive and went through his hands. Allen plays a wide-open game that for better or worse is high variance for real life football purposes, but his rushing ability is a consistent floor factor for fantasy football. He will face the Jets next week at home.

2018 Week 14 vs NYJ (18 / 36 / 206 / 0 / 2 pass, 9 / 101 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen struggled as a passer in critical situations against the New York Jets. Allen threw two interceptions, and both were bad decisions. On the first, Allen was scrambling to his right and threw across his body into traffic for an easy interception. The second was on the final drive, where Allen targeted Zay Jones down the field. The coverage on the play was man under, and the cornerback sagged underneath Jones reading Allen the entire time for an easy interception. Allen's fantasy success came on the ground, with 31-yard and 21-yard scramble on top of a red zone roll out for a 6-yard touchdown rush. Allen has success against defenses playing man defense because the middle of the field is open for his scrambles and Allen is quick to capitalize. Allen had success with throws to the perimeter to Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie, especially on throws that required him to throw with velocity. However, Allen struggled on precision and touch throws in the short area of the field. Allen's game could have been bigger with a deep throw to McKenzie but he drew a defensive pass interference on the play. Allen also lost a fumble while running. Allen will look to rebound against the Lions next week in Buffalo.

2018 Week 15 vs DET (13 / 26 / 204 / 1 / 0 pass, 9 / 16 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen was able to make enough plays against the Detroit Lions to win a low scoring affair. The game is the type of script where Josh Allen can succeed: good defensive play to keep games close with Allen making a handful of deep throws and plays with his legs to win. Allen started the game well, leading an early scoring drive where he finished the drive with a scramble for a rushing touchdown. Allen made multiple reads across the field on the play before resorting to scrambling, a development in his passing skills from earlier in the season. Allen later threw a long touchdown to Robert Foster on a deep over route. He has been making better decisions as a thrower, avoiding the big mistakes he made earlier in the season for turnovers. Allen had a shot for more through the air, including a beautifully thrown corner route that drew a defensive pass interference which set up Allen's rushing score. He also overthrew Deonte Thompson on a deep throw which Thompson could have scored on and made a throw to Zay Jones who could not make a contested catch on the play. Allen had less success on the ground this week, as the Lions played more zone and kept spies around the line of scrimmage to keep Allen from running. The Bills play New England next week, so expect a similar type of game plan as their former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia used this week.

2018 Week 16 vs NE (20 / 41 / 217 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 30 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen struggled against the New England Patriots defense in a loss in Foxboro. Allen was intercepted twice, the first a corner route that was jumped by a defensive back, and the second a terrible floating throw on an out into traffic. Allen salvaged his fantasy football game with a late touchdown throw to Zay Jones. Jones was wide open on a crossing route after two New England defenders ran into each other in the secondary. Allen struggled against New England, primarily because of a schematic approach where New England showed complicated fronts, but frequently brought just four rushers while playing zones in coverage. The approach forced Allen to make reads where he has not yet developed his game, while also choking off his running lanes. Allen could have had an 82-yard touchdown, on a deep throw to Robert Foster where Foster was open but lost the ball in the sun. Allen will look for a strong finish in week 17 against he Miami Dolphins.

2018 Week 17 vs MIA (17 / 26 / 224 / 3 / 1 pass, 9 / 95 / 2 rush)

Josh Allen had a strong close to the 2018 season at home against the Dolphins. Allen was good early, establishing a rapport with Zay Jones including a slant for a touchdown. Allen also ran for a goal line sneak for a touchdown after a Chris Ivory run after the catch set Buffalo up just short of the goal line. The Buffalo offense stalled in the second quarter allowing Miami back into the game after an early lead, but Allen heated back up in the second half. Allen threw a good back shoulder fade for a score to Robert Foster and later added a third passing touchdown that was a deep crossing route that Miami blew a coverage on with Zay Jones breaking wide open. Allen added a second touchdown on a second half scramble where he read the deep part of the field, before reeling off a 30-yard run. Allen was near his best today, but still missed short throws, including outs to Zay Jones twice and another throw to Jason Croom on an underneath throw. He also threw a pick-6 on a well defended play where the Miami safety jumped a route to Croom underneath. Allen had a turbulent season, but ended on a hot note, and will enter the offseason with positive momentum for the Buffalo Bills.