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BILLS QB JOSH ALLEN PINPOINTS AREAS OF GROWTH ENTERING 2021 NFL SEASON

... Allen addressed the media Tuesday as the Bills kicked off phase three of their offseason workouts, explaining that he was far from content with his play. The 6-foot-5, 237-pounder made it clear that there were still a handful of areas that he must improve upon if he hopes to take his game to the next level.

 

“Couple things it boils down to,” Allen said. “Decision making – as far as where the ball should go in a given situation based on what the defense is doing. Understanding and being better in situational football. Ball security in the pocket and when I’m taking off and running.”

Instead of simply providing a cookie-cutter answer, Allen pointed at route concepts that he has been working on throughout the offseason that he believes he can get better at.

 

“A couple types of route concepts I need to work on – rub routes. In-cuts, throws to my left, just trying to be more concise and better with my footwork, better with the ball placement,” Allen continued. “So as many good things as we did last year, there was still a lot of stuff on tape where I look back and I’m like ‘why did I do this?’ And I think that’s the common theme every year, and it’s really cool that you get to look back, and like I said, even though all the wins and numbers, all that stuff, they look good on paper. But there’s still so much room to improve and I’m excited for that process.” ...

 

... “I think that (in-breaking routes) was something that wasn’t my strongest suit last year,” Allen said. “And like I said, the deep ins, the five-yard unders, just making sure I’m putting it in a catchable spot for these guys to catch and run. That’s going to be a huge asset for us to be able to hit those type of throws and allow our guys to stay up and stay on the move. I didn’t do a good enough job on that last year.” ...

 

... The quarterback coach referenced one play in particular that stood out to him as an area where Allen will be better this season. In Buffalo’s Week 5 42-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans, a 3rd-and-4 pass on a deep in route intended for Andre Roberts on the Bills’ first offensive drive was picked off by Malcolm Butler and returned 29 yards. The pass was slightly behind Roberts, who wasn’t able to adjust and the ball bounced out of his hands and into Butler’s.

 

“We want the ball to finish on their face,” Palmer told Cover 1. “It wasn’t a bad throw, it was just the wrong throw. The more control (Josh) gains on layering the ball, the earlier he can throw and the more time the receiver has to adjust and find it.”

 

“His growth has been on controlling layers and touch.. He’s always had the horse power. He is continuing to get better at controlling the ball while still driving it.”

 

Allen is his own biggest critic and he explained that he’s realistic with his self-scouting.

 

“To take that next step, I need to reevaluate what I’m doing on the field and be really honest with myself,” Allen told reporters in Tuesday’s zoom call. “That’s one thing I feel like I can brag about, you know, is that I’m a very honest person with myself and I’m very realistic when it comes to my play on the field and what I can do better and what I need to do better and approaching how to do that. And there’s a lot of things, like I said.”

 

Heading into his fourth season, Allen is leaning on his familiarity with his coaches in order to clean up his game and become a more consistent and reliable passer. ...

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A burning and inextinguishable desire to constantly improve is an indispensable character trait of the best of the best.  Josh certainly has this trait and we are all excited to see it manifest with an even better season in 2021.  Love this kid. 

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Seasons1992

Is it wrong to admit that while I was at my kid's 8th grade graduation this morning, I was thinking about Josh F. Allen and the SB?

 

Do I have a problem?

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1 hour ago, NCBillsFan said:

A burning and inextinguishable desire to constantly improve is an indispensable character trait of the best of the best.  Josh certainly has this trait and we are all excited to see it manifest with an even better season in 2021.  Love this kid. 

 

Never mind that it's the QB who's looking to improve on a pass that hits his WR squarely in the hands.

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1 hour ago, GG1 said:

 

Never mind that it's the QB who's looking to improve on a pass that hits his WR squarely in the hands.

As Josh told Diggs,  - - just get open  and catch the ball.

looking to improve

replace the players running routes that can't catch the ball  

 

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5 hours ago, NCBillsFan said:

A burning and inextinguishable desire to constantly improve is an indispensable character trait of the best of the best.  Josh certainly has this trait and we are all excited to see it manifest with an even better season in 2021.  Love this kid. 

 

I've never heard of a QB making this type of effort to refine parts of his game each off season.

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On 5/27/2021 at 11:49 AM, Hedge said:

 

 


Wait, Josh only had 10 interceptions all season. Cover 1 is saying that out of 572 passes, less than 40 were in-breaking routes? And it had to be far less than 40, because I know he had interceptions on other types of routes.

 

I am skeptical.

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5 hours ago, TakeYouToTasker 2.0 said:


Wait, Josh only had 10 interceptions all season. Cover 1 is saying that out of 572 passes, less than 40 were in-breaking routes? And it had to be far less than 40, because I know he had interceptions on other types of routes.

 

I am skeptical.

From the other post, they say he attempted 72 in breaking route throws.

 

So, yes, something there must be off to make the #'s work.

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On 5/27/2021 at 11:58 AM, Seasons1992 said:

Is it wrong to admit that while I was at my kid's 8th grade graduation this morning, I was thinking about Josh F. Allen and the SB?

 

Do I have a problem?

 

Not at all.  Those things generally run way too long and your mental health is bolstered by other interesting thoughts.  All of course while respecting the accomplishments of 8th graders. 

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On 5/29/2021 at 8:18 PM, Ninety-4 said:

 

Not at all.  Those things generally run way too long and your mental health is bolstered by other interesting thoughts.  All of course while respecting the accomplishments of 8th graders. 

 

It was 45 minutes.

 

You've confirmed I have a problem. 😄

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On 5/27/2021 at 11:58 AM, Seasons1992 said:

Is it wrong to admit that while I was at my kid's 8th grade graduation this morning, I was thinking about Josh F. Allen and the SB?

 

Do I have a problem?

Society has the problem.  The fact that there's an "8th Grade Graduation" tells us all we need to know.  Like, congrats kids on doing something literally everyone who survived through 8th grade accomplished. 

 

No reason to wonder why recent generations can't handle even minimal adversity.

 

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10 minutes ago, Alaska Darin said:

Society has the problem.  The fact that there's an "8th Grade Graduation" tells us all we need to know.  Like, congrats kids on doing something literally everyone who survived through 8th grade accomplished. 

 

No reason to wonder why recent generations can't handle even minimal adversity.

 

I was promoted to the following grade from K-11. I graduated 12th. That was it. That was all I needed. Also, I never received a trophy for trying. Our lines went from tallest to shortest. I was nearly last. I was not often offended by it and when I was nobody cared. In fact the teacher would have said man up. We have failed the last few generations.

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6 hours ago, Fansince88 said:

I was promoted to the following grade from K-11. I graduated 12th. That was it. That was all I needed. Also, I never received a trophy for trying. Our lines went from tallest to shortest. I was nearly last. I was not often offended by it and when I was nobody cared. In fact the teacher would have said man up. We have failed the last few generations.


You missed out not having a kindergarten graduation. I remember it like I remember the back of my hand. :sarcasm:

This stuff didn't just start with my generation having children.

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16 minutes ago, Ann said:


You missed out not having a kindergarten graduation. I remember it like I remember the back of my hand. :sarcasm:

This stuff didn't just start with my generation having children.

I started grade school in '75. The school I went to still skips all that. 

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I don't remember much about finishing 8th grade other than the metal shop teacher saying something like "good luck next year gentlemen, and don't forget you'll be on the bottom rung of the ladder." 

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2 hours ago, Ann said:


You missed out not having a kindergarten graduation. I remember it like I remember the back of my hand. :sarcasm:

This stuff didn't just start with my generation having children.

 

i could understand a kindergarden graduation more than an 8th grade graduation.  kindergarden is for most children their first step into the wide world without their parents.  and the first step is always the hardest. 

 

8th grade graduation on the other hand, is a glorified 7th inning stretch

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